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Voiceover And Timing – The Not Silent Blog 5/12/20

Lately, the question of timing has come up in the voiceover industry. Timing as in, “Considering the pandemic, is now the right time to become a voice actor?”

Tough question.

It’s been bandied about the social media voiceover groups and spirited debates have ensued. Veteran voice actors & coaches have been approached by aspirants asking that question more than ever.

Certain predatory coaches and demo producers claim that the timing is perfect so they can cash in on the newbs. Some voice actors claim that the timing is awful because they don’t want even more competition than they already have.

BTW I have to give kudos to a voice talent that I can’t name since their comment was in a private group. To paraphrase, when it comes to getting voiceover work you can have either:

  1. a fixed mindset based in a belief in lack, or

  2. a growth mindset based in a belief in abundance.

He said I have the latter and that was a really nice thing to say. 🙂

TIP OF THE WEEK

If you are timing your entry into the voiceover industry, consider this. Assuming that you now have the time to take the plunge:

Do you have the Cash Flow to properly invest in your voiceover business?

Do you have the Tools (demo, website, home recording setup, etc.) to start seeking clients and booking sessions right now?

Do you have the Technique (proper training) to start auditioning and booking right now?

Do you have the Marketing skills, strategies, and tactics in place to start engaging with voice seekers right now?

Do you have the Health (physical, mental, emotional) to make the right decisions about your potential voiceover career? Getting into voiceovers out of desperation because you just lost your job may lead to even bigger problems down the road.

Timing is everything (as they say) but so is making sound, logical decisions.

NEWS AND NOTES

Thursday, May 14th @8PM EST: My next Edge Studio Business and Money 201 webinar will be ‘Workflow’. In this one-hour webinar, we’ll talk about how to manage your office, inbox, and Systems of Thought. This webinar caps at 25 attendees and sells out fast. Click here to sign up.

Thursday, May 21st @8PM EST:  My next Edge Studio Marketing 201 webinar will be ‘Keeping Clients Coming Back’. In this one-hour webinar, I’ll tell you the REAL secret to client retention. This webinar caps at 25 attendees and sells out fast. Click here to sign up.

Wednesday, May 27th @2:00 PM EST: even though the Audio Publishers Association Conference (APAC) is cancelled, my meeting table has gone virtual! From 2:00-3:45 PM EST, you are welcome to book a FREE 15-minute consult with me. We can talk about audiobook marketing, business, or just chat. This caps at 7 slots and will fill up fast so sign up ASAP. Click here to book your free 15-minute consult!

Thursday May 28th @2:30 PM EST: my “Learning to do eLearning” workshop has also gone from live to virtual! In this two-hour workshop you will learn what eLearning narration is, it’s sub-genres, narration tips, how much to charge, demo specs, and there will be live coaching! It’s $100 to attend, but due to the pandemic you can use the $25-off promo code EARLYBIRD528 anytime! This webinar caps at 50 attendees and is filling up fast so sign up ASAP. Click here to register!

HAPPY HAPPYS

Happy Apple Pie Day and Nurse’s Week!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Tom Dheere is a voice actor who has narrated thousands of projects for hundreds of clients in over a dozen countries. He is also a voiceover business & marketing consultant known as the VOStrategist and produces the comic book “Agent 1.22”. You can subscribe to his weekly blog and the monthly VO Strategist Learnin’ Stuff Notice here.

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