One of the first major challenges that a lot of people come up against when they first start trying to get work as a voice-over artist is that it is one of the most competitive industries out there. After all, there are plenty of people who decide that they want to be able to earn a living from doing funny voices, but only a few of those are actually going to be able to make it. The question for you then becomes how are you going to make sure that you’re able to set yourself apart from such a large crowd? Well, here are three surprisingly simple things that you can do to make sure that you stand out as a voice actor.


Find your niche


One of the most important things to remember is that most voice-over productions will be looking for very specific voices for very specific reasons. Whether they’re looking for a particular character in a narrative or a certain tone for an instructional video, most voice directors know what they’re looking for. Because of that, it’s a good idea to understand what your niche is and where your skills lie. Sure, versatility is crucial for any voice-over artist but if there is a certain style that your skills align with, it’s often a good idea to lean into that so that directors and studios looking for what you have to offer can be sure that you’re the person for them.


Make a good impression


The author Niel Gaiman once said that the three things you need to be successful are to be a genius, to be on time, and to be pleasant to work with. He then said that you only really need two of them and if you have to choose, choose to be on time and to be pleasant to work with. The biggest mistake that you can make is to assume that talent is going to carry you. If you really want to get work, and keep getting work, you need to make sure that you’re someone people are going to want to work with. People don’t want to work with prima donnas no matter how skilled they are.


Never stop pushing yourself


If you reach a point where you start getting work as a voice-over artist, it can be tempting to think that you’ve essentially made it and suddenly you no longer have to put the work in to improve. No matter how long you’ve been working as a voice-over artist, you need to keep pushing yourself and developing your skills. One of the great things about recording with Notable Voices is that we offer a great deal of coaching to help you make sure that you’re always at the top of your game.


One thing that you need to remember is that it’s not just a matter of trying to stand out until you finally “break in” to the industry. The voice-over industry is one that moves fast and you need to be willing to keep working and doing what you can to stand out no matter what stage of your career you find yourself.