Voices over jobs are hard to find. Ask any voice over talent and they will tell you the same. This should not prevent you however from becoming a professional voice over actor. Starting a career in this industry can definitely be an exciting and satisfying experience. Mark Hauser
Unfortunately, like any other worthwhile endeavor, getting to the point of earning money doing the thing you love can be difficult. Arriving to this level should not discourage, but rather act as a motivator as you strive to join this thrilling and rewarding profession.
Receiving proper training and professorial instruction is definitely the key to receiving your first paid voice over assignment. But there are many other things you can do in addition to the above to help prepare for your new career.
Read Magazine Advertisements Aloud. This is a simple thing you can do any time of the day. Look around you. Chances are you will not have to try very hard to find at least a dozen magazines scattered about. Read the advertising copy of the ads out loud as if you were performing the voice over in a studio. Attempt several versions with each article. Build your delivery adding intensity and urgency with each take.
Write and Perform Mock Commercials. This is an activity that is beneficial, as it will help you think like a copywriter of a commercial. Try to create a script that effectively communicates a call to action of an imaginary product. Start by writing 15 second commercials. Work your way up to 30-second spots. Once you understand this portion of the process you will become more in sync with the client and production staff. Record your commercial and critique yourself upon playback.
Listen to Radio Commercials While Driving. Take note of each and every radio ad. Study the delivery and speech patterns of the voice over actor. Pay attention to voice fluctuations and pauses of the announcer. Turn the radio off and immediately try to recreate as much of the ad as possible. Make an effort to improvise if you cannot remember the entire script. This will teach you to quickly communicate the product’s message.