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Voice Over Success: The Secrets to Fulfilling Your Dreams

Voice Over Success : The Secrets to Fulfilling Your Dreams

The world of voice-overs can be a mystery to many. You may think that only exceptionally lucky, talented or famous people are able to make a living by just talking into a microphone, but the reality is that anyone can find success as a voice-over artist. With the right techniques, and with dedication and practice, you’ll be well on your way to not only making money from your voice, but achieving professional success in this fast-growing field. What is a voice-over? A voice-over is basically any recorded spoken word piece played against pictures or video. This can include radio commercials, television commercials, theatrical promos and films. Each project has a different set of needs for the voice used in the recording, but typically there are two categories of voices needed: featured voices and dialogue replacement (or ADR). 

A featured voice (sometimes called “talent”) is the voice that is heard most prominently in the recording. This is typically the voice that the listener first encounters. This voice is often (but not always) the main “character” or “star” of the recording. The voice-over artist who performs  a featured voice, often also performs dialogue replacement (sometimes called ADR). This refers to an alternate recording of the same lines for use in case of any problems with the original recording. Dialogue replacement is different from ADR in that dialogue replacement uses only one voice, while ADR uses multiple voices. This can include more than one person from the same actor, or different actors all speaking a line at the same time.

While there are many categories of voices needed for each project, there are also just as many different fields that voice-over artists can be working in. These include: film, television, commercial radio, commercials (promos), animated films, video games and narration. Each of these different fields requires a different approach. There is no one, magic formula for success.

The first step to realizing the success you deserve as a voice-over artist is finding the jobs that interest you and are appropriate for your voice. This may involve either approaching a current client directly, or doing an online search for available work. You’ll want to focus on clients or employers who understand the concept of voice-overs and can appreciate the professionalism involved in this career path.

The most obvious place for voice-over talent to start is with their own talents. Find out what activities you enjoy doing on a regular basis and what perks you get out of those activities. For example, if you love to sing in the shower and family members tell you that your voice is beautiful, then singing may be a great way to find job satisfaction as a voice-over artist.

To make sure that your talents fit the bill for what your targeted employers are looking for, it’s time to do some research. Research what types of jobs are out there, what skills and experience you need to get these jobs, and how much money you can potentially earn. Doing your research will also help you understand how competitive the voice-over industry is in your target area, as well as how risky it is to pursue this career.

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