note: Do not call SunSpots Productions about becoming a voice
talent or for your voiceover demo status.
Submit your voiceover talent
demo to SunSpots:
If you're a professional voice talent located near our recording
studios in Asheville, NC or Orlando, FL OR if
you have a professional ISDN OR Source Connect voice booth
setup please send
your MP3 demo to firstname.lastname@example.org
SunSpots needs Spanish speaking voice talent immediately. We're
seeking out the best Spanish voiceover talent in the Americas.
Right now we need Spanish talent to voice:
Spanish Radio Commercials
Spanish TV Commercials
Spanish Web Content
Spanish Instructional DVD's and more
Spanish Voiceovers in general
Please note: We only accept voice over
demos as MP3 files. Please DO NOT CALL.
How can I learn how to do voice overs?
been told what a great voice you have or saw an article about
being a voice talent or have a friend who's done it and wondered
how you can do it too.
First off, and probably a little surprising,
is that you do not need to have a big, booming, voice if
you're a man nor do you need a sexy, low, voice if you're a woman.
If your dog can sound like that...well...that IS something and
should be explored later but not right now.
It's true, to be a profitable, working,
voice over talent today you need to be able to, above everything
else, ACT. Today voice talent are voice actors. Just ask the
people who do it every day.
"Years ago they liked the
big booming voices for guys. These days, if you can do multiple
styles and really know how to bring copy to life naturally
you'll be a success."
Here's the Top Ten Things You Can Do To Learn How To Do Voice
Study what you hear on radio, tv, the web-whatever you hear
read aloud. Listen to it critically.
Practice reading out loud. Read billboards aloud when you're
driving. Read text out loud at home.
Using your closed captioning and a
vcr/dvr/Tivo to record tv commercials for review.
Transcribe recorded tv commercials and read those aloud along
with the original voice over.
Record yourself reading those commercials.
Listen to playback of your recording and listen critically.
Does it sound anything like the original voice?
Talk to working voice talent and have them evaluate the recording.
Send your recording to a studio and ask for an evaluation
Keep practicing recording your voice with different commercials
and voice styles.
PRACTICE MORE and read up on the subject.
You can also take classes for learning
how to do voice overs. Pick a class that is selective in who
they chose as students. It's very important to choose your
voiceover instruction wisely. If you have a strong dialect
you'll have to learn how to remove that, which will take a few
years to have it removed completely. Classes are a great way
for some to get a jumpstart into this lucrative career. Search
the web for voice over classes and you may find something
in your area.
When you think you're ready to pursue
the voice over career follow these 10 steps to voice talent success:
Send your demo out to EVERYONE that accepts free-lance voice
Beware of companies who want you to
be exclusive to them without a guarantee of payment or
salary. There are actually still studios out there that require
you to be exclusive to them preventing you from working. You
want to be available to everyone so why exclude yourself. Remember
that the more you work the more you enhance your voice over
Complete auditions as requested including
labeling your files as the studio or agent requests. Don't
add introductions or comments beyond what the studio wants
you to do for labeling of your audition.
Be early for your sessions. Be courteous,
cheerful, helpful, thrifty...hey, wait a minute...that's the
boy scout code. But you get the idea. The bottom line is simply
to be a professional voice talent.
Do not call the studios or agents
asking why you are or are not working. Keep doing auditions
and sending out demos. Keep moving forward.
Insure your demos are up to date.
For example, if you're a child talent and your voice changes
get a new voice over demo made. Same concept for adults applies.
You should always be adding material to your demo. Here's a
special note about SunSpots and demos: Send us your best work
regularly because we take snippets of those cuts and add them
to our exclusive EZCast™ search
engine. The more snippets you send in to SunSpots, the more
chances you have of getting more voice over work.
Keep good records of the work you've
done. Find an accountant to take care of all things financial.
Software such as Quickbooks and MYOB can help if you want to
manage your own financial affairs.
Ask the studios for copies of your
spots. They may not be able to do it right away, but a good
studio or agent that wants to see you succeed will give you
copies of your recordings. Beware of those that do not. Also
realize that sometimes the studio may not be allowed to release
a copy of the work you've done due to the client's confidentiality
Let the studio or agent know in advance
when you're on vacation or off for any reason. It's always
a good idea to send them notice of your vacation or holiday
schedule well in advance.
Make sure that all your voice over
booth equipment works and that you understand its operation.
That means everything from microphone, amplifier, board, mixer,
computer, email system all the way down to the fax machine.
Remember that this is a business and you are a professional