Undoubtedly, you are filled with nervous anxiety, hope, and a lot of questions. That is perfectly normal. This is a great industry and it can provide a wonderful career, but there are some obstacles that you will have to overcome along the way. The first of those is getting past the potential predators of the industry. Unfortunately, there are some who would love to take advantage of new talent in the field.
Many of the lurking predators wear the title of “Voiceover Coach” or “Casting Agent”. This, it is important to note, is not all-encompassing. There are voiceover coaches who have helped some of the best in the industry become even better. They have established themselves in the industry, just as you must, and they have truly valuable information to pass along to you. The same is true of many agents. However, there is one difference between the legitimate and the predator – the promises they make.
A legitimate coach or agent isn’t going to promise to turn you into a star overnight. They aren’t going to promise you a fortune in your future. What they will promise is the education, the information, and the insight that can help you begin to establish yourself in a very competitive industry. Remember, talent agents simply present you with opportunities through auditions.
If you are hearing or reading things such as “you have such a great voice, such promise” or “anybody can do it”, beware. The truth is that not just anybody can do this work, because it does require a strict level of dedication. That is why promises such as “take just this ONE class”, or “pay for just this ONE demo” should not be believed. This isn’t a one-and-done kind of profession. You must keep working, keep learning, keep growing if you wish success as a voiceover professional.
Many look at this career path as the ‘dream job’ and it can be, for the right person. You have to decide now if you are pursuing this because you want to get rich quick while working in your pajamas, or if you are doing this because you believe you can create a worthwhile, respectable career from it. Do expect this to be a fulltime job. Undoubtedly, if you hope to earn fulltime pay, then there will be times when you will work more than forty hours per week, will answer calls after hours, and will spend a week in the recording booth. You can do this. Rise above the nerves, take control of your future, and work hard for what you want.
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