With the creative industry at a standstill thanks to Covid-19, and our usual income streams dried up, we’ve all been left wondering how on earth we are going to survive lockdown.
However, the voiceover industry is very much alive and kicking. Now, more than ever, is the time to get involved. And to make that easier, we’ve put together three easy steps you can take to find work in voiceover during COVID – 19.
1 – Build on your voiceover toolkit.
I know it’s tempting to sit and watch Netflix all day, but when will you ever have this much free time in your life again? Now is the time to watch a few YouTube tips and tutorial videos (we recommend Booth Junkie and Mike Russell) , take advantage of online coaching sessions ( get in touch to find out more about these), and get familiar with the world of remote recording and home voiceover.
2 – Get a home set up, no matter how basic
Now more than ever companies are looking for good quality home recording setups, and these can be built by anyone – if you get the right help.
It’s all very well getting ready to make it as a VO artist, but if you haven’t got the equipment at home at the moment, I’m afraid you will find yourself at a loose end (recording studios are largely still shut and will be for the foreseeable future). This means it’s on YOU to be the voice, editor and producer.
It’s not as complicated as you might think. Whether you use a USB mic plugged into your laptop and you hide under a duvet, or squeeze yourself into a converted cupboard – get to grips with your budget and get creative. We can run you through the best setup for your environment, skills and budget in our hourly coaching sessions ( get in touch to find out more).
3 – Know where to find the work
Once you’ve completed steps one and two above, you need to start thinking about where this new revenue will come from. To lots of people’s surprise there are actually many platforms where you can start to book work as a VO artist.
If you are new to the world of voiceover, Fiverr o r People per hour might be for you.
Or, if you are a little further along in your journey you can check out Voquent , Voicebunny or Bodalgo .
These are all independent platforms who book direct with you, the artist. No agency required.
Most importantly, remember that although it is good to be motivated and productive during lockdown, in order to come through this period stronger, we must listen to our bodies, take rest when we need and not be hard on ourselves if we decide to take a day off – working during a global crisis is not the same as any other working day.
There is work out there in VO for everyone who wants it enough, whether it’s corporate, commercial, audiobook or gaming. If you are at the start of your journey and are unsure what your next steps are, get in touch and let’s have a chat.
Stay safe and keep creating.