The Voice Actor’s Guide To Freelancing
When it comes to working as a voice over artist, it’s almost inevitable that you’re also going to enter the world of freelancing. It’s pretty rare for a voice actor to have steady work from the same people for extended periods of time so the freelance life is one that you need to be ready to embrace. Of course, the truth is that freelancing presents a lot of challenges that you don’t come across in more typical types of work. Being able to balance these challenges along with the specific challenges of working as a VO artist can be tricky but it’s far from impossible. Here are just a few things that you can do to make sure that you’re able to succeed as a freelancer.
One of the most exciting things that the vast majority of people find when they first enter the world of freelance work is that they suddenly have a whole lot more freedom than they did before. They don’t have a manager breathing down their neck and they have total control over when they work. However, it doesn’t take long to realise that this approach is actually kind of counter-intuitive. Being able to work to deadlines is an essential skill for any voice over artist and if you’re not disciplined with your time then that’s going to be a source of serious stress. The truth is that keeping to a strict work schedule is often the best option if you really want to get the most out of your time as a freelancer.
Make sure you have the right gear
The right gear is essential for any freelancer but it’s especially important for voice over artists. From your microphone to the software that you use to the soundproofing in your recording space, the right gear makes a huge difference and when you’re a freelancer, the need to find it often falls on you. You can’t necessarily rely on clients to provide everything you need. Luckily, at Notable Voices, we can help you find the ideal equipment that you need to make sure that every performance comes out perfectly.
Know how to network
When you work a typical 9-5 job, it’s easy to take for granted that the work will just fall into your lap. That’s certainly not the case as a freelancer. The truth is that you need to be able to get out there and find the work and that will be a whole lot harder if you don’t know how to network. Being able to connect with and talk to people is a serious challenge but it’s one that any self-respective VO artist needs to overcome if they want to be able to reliably get work.
Apply to the different platforms
The voiceover industry is always growing, there are now so many different ways to source the work as a freelancer. Voquent, VOplanet, Voicebunny, Fiverr and The Voice Finder are just a few of these. Get in touch with us for a full list and more details on how to start landing jobs!
There’s no doubt that there are a lot of challenges involved in freelancing and that’s something that any voice over artist is going to have to come to terms with. That being said, there are also plenty of benefits as well. That last thing you should do is to come away from this feeling like the world of freelancing is always hard work and misery. It also gives you a great deal of freedom to pursue the work that you really want and focus on projects that highlight your skills as a voice actor.