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Thursday, December 8, 2016

5 Things All Voiceover Talents should be Doing

There are, of course, many tasks that you will have to complete when you go into work as a voiceover talent.  You’ll need to know how to market your brand, how to set up your microphone and recording software.  You’ll have to try to build connections with producers, audition, and bid on jobs.  And, that is just the tip of the iceberg.  However, aside from all of this, there are a few things that you can do each and every day that will greatly increase the chances that you are hired in the future.

Read, Watch, or Listen to the News! It is amazing how many connections are formed because of an ability to speak about current topics.  Your teachers were not kidding when they said that reading the newspaper would add real value to your life.  It can, and it will.  These topics are excellent conversation starters that can greatly amplify your efforts to network, particularly when the topics have something (even the most miniscule thing) to do with the voiceover industry.

Check Out Twitter Moments Don’t stop at the general news on television or in the paper.  Go to social media and see what people are talking about.  Some of the biggest, hottest topics are already laid out for you under the moments tab in Twitter, so take advantage of it, even if you haven’t found your stride on that platform.

Follow, Like, and Friend More People While you are visiting a social media platform, move on to others, and take the time to follow, like, or befriend more people.  The more connections that you have, the further word will spread about your experience and your talents.  Focus your efforts on people related to this industry and those closely linked to it. 

Search Keywords on Google News  For industry-related news and hot topics, Google News is among the best places to visit.  You can search keywords related to what you do – voiceover, animated, audiobooks – and learn a great deal about what is happening in the world related to the industry.  Take the time to read the stories, comment, and share them to demonstrate the fact that you are an expert at what you do.  This might even cause you to happen upon new, valuable leads.

Tell Someone What You Do Finally, take the time, every day, to tell at least one person about what you do for a living.  It is amazing how many people have friends and family members who can’t even answer the question about what you do for a living.  These are the people who are most likely to recommend you to others, so be sure they know what to recommend you for!

WARNING: It's advisable these days to NOT depend on social media for hard core news reportage. Given that we now are aware that false news is indeed a new reality for us all to deal with. Use discretion and caution.

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