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How You Can Make Money with Your Voice: Make Up To $600 for 30 Seconds of Your Voice

Updated on July 28, 2011
Voice Over work is easy and can earn you lots of extra money.
Voice Over work is easy and can earn you lots of extra money.

Do You Have a Clear, Projective Voice?

If you've ever listened to yourself speak and think, 'Wow, I have a voice that could be on advertisements!' then you may just be able to make some desirable extra income with a highly paid voice over role.

Voice over artists are needed on a regular basis to promote products for big companies whether it be through radio, TV advertisements or otherwise. And the pay is pretty nifty as well, in fact for just 30 seconds of work you could earn up to $600 or more! Pretty sweet right?

The great thing about voice over work is that once you get one role, you may be required to do many other roles for the same company following it, which equals big bucks for you. So long as your voice is clear and your words are enunciated appropriately then you may be in with a chance for a high paying gig like this.

Voice over work can even be done in the comfort of your own home, if you have the required equipment. This means you could wake up, do a little voice over work for a request and then relax for the day knowing you've earnt a considerable wage for a small amount of time and effort.

Discovering how to get into the voice over industry is a beneficial thing to do because it has helped some people go from full-time jobs to simple voice over jobs a few times a week, and lots of money left over to spend. Sounds great doesn't it? And it's not that difficult either!

Understanding what the requirements are, what steps to take and what to do first can help to lead you in the direction of an extremely comfortable and profitable little hobby and past time.

Men and women are needed for all types of voice over work.
Men and women are needed for all types of voice over work.
The sound of your voice can be worth big bucks.
The sound of your voice can be worth big bucks.
Many cartoons use people for the voice over work of their characters.
Many cartoons use people for the voice over work of their characters.
Create a demo CD of your voice and send it to employers.
Create a demo CD of your voice and send it to employers.

Voice Over Techniques

How to Get Involved in the Voice Over Industry

· Distinguish what type of voice you have

Start by sitting in a quiet room, alone and experiment with your voice. Many people will grow up practising new styles with their voice all of the time and will learn that they have the ideal voice style for cartoons, advertisements or even television programmes. This is what you need to know.

Play with the tone and range of your voice and imagine what sort of campaign your voice would be best suited to. Once you find out, you can start practising and perfecting your voice to impress the bosses when you take the leap into making money from it! Try to choose between the following 7 categories of voice over work to understand what your voice fits into best:

1. Commercial

2. Television Promo

3. Animation & Character

4. Narration

5. Audio Book

6. Radio Imaging

7. Pod cast

· Make a demo CD of your voice and what you can do

This is almost crucial if you want to be taken seriously and considered for all types of work in the voice over industry. Creating a demo CD of your voice and what you can do with it when reading off different scripts or perfecting different roles, gives the employer the chance to categorise you and see how well you can work.

If you produce a good demo CD then the employer may offer you a job, keep you for further reference or gain some knowledge on how versatile you are as a voice over artist. The more versatile you are, the more roles you can nab.

· Test your timing

Most voice over pieces will be required for radio advertisements, TV commercials or small recordings that need a big message to be portrayed in the short space of time available. You should try to create your own script (not that this is usually necessary) and time yourself to put the message across within a 30 second time span, for example.

This allows you to feel confident by building a powerful speech targeted at a particular audience in the required time. From doing this, you'll know whether you are able for the job or not and you'll also be able to tell employers that you have the ability to add your own twist to your work, which is what they are always looking for!

· Work on your versatility

Voice over artists are expected to be used on more than one occasion and for more than one single campaign, so it's a good idea to pick up new styles along your journey. This increases the earning potential of your work and it means you may be asked by more than one company to complete regular assignments.

Just imagine, you could be a voice over artist for a TV commercial, a narrator for a successful TV show and a radio voice over artist all at the same time! This will look great on your voice over resume and will open up a world of opportunities.

· Sign up to a casting site

There are online casting websites everywhere that give you the chance to sign up and be scouted by employers who are looking for individuals in that particular field. Casting sites are available for wannabe actors/actresses, singers, dancers and of course voice over artists.

You will be asked to complete a short bio about yourself, so use this to sell yourself effectively. Also, upload an example of your voice and what work you’ve done previously. This allows those who scout on your profile to decide quicker whether they want to contact you or keep you in mind for a future promotion.

On casting sites you will also find job advertisements for the field you are interested in, making this a great platform for finding regular job opportunities and applying for some to build up experience and your portfolio. You can also pick up tips from other voice over artists.

· Build up a portfolio

Over time you will be able to have a portfolio with a substantial amount of experienced roles and impressive work. However, to begin with you should simply note down your ambitions, your hobbies and why you want to do voice over work.

Don’t worry if you don’t have much experience yet, because employers will not turn you away. After all, everyone starts somewhere right? But be sure to show your enthusiasm for the job role and your hunger to have a portfolio full of work experiences. Once you start getting voice over roles, add every single one to your portfolio and watch it grow.

· Create your own website

Creating your own website is a fantastic way to showcase your talent to a broad audience. Ensure to include your name, age, location, talents, demos, previous experience and ambitions onto the website.

Gain traffic to the website from experienced voice over recruiters who may look at your site and hire you, by posting back links to your site through the use of forums or other material. You could even leave a link to your website through the casting site you are signed up to.

Having your own website to showcase your talents in the field you want to break into, makes you appear far more professional, approachable and hireable than any other.

· Apply, apply, apply!

Finally, constantly apply for listings that are available and match to your unique voice style and experience. This is the only way you are going to get anywhere in this industry. Do not expect to sit back and watch the job offers roll in if you are not going to work to get them in the first place.

Keep applying with impressive and professional letters, relevant experience or ambition, links to your professional website and a demo of your work. Sooner or later you will start seeing the work coming in and you can be confident in knowing there will be a nice little pay package at the end of it!

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How To Start A Career In Voice Over Work


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      smtorres 5 years ago

      Cool site. I think I finally found what I'm looking for as a niche and that is my own voice. I'm excited to make money online with my own voice.

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      myawn 6 years ago from Florida

      nice hub I've always been told I have a wonderful clear voice never thought about this

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 6 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      I don't think I qualify for this type of career - it is interesting though. Great Article!

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      A very valuable and useful hub for those interested in voice over work.

      Voted up, awesome and interesting.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      Great work! Keep it up

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      logic,commonsense 6 years ago

      Before caller ID, I was told that I could never make obscene phone calls as everyone would recognize my voice. :) Over the years I have found that once people have heard my voice, they always recognize it. Never made it a point to be that way, it just is.

      Thank you for the information, I may have to pursue some of the leads!

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      BethanRose 6 years ago from South Wales

      Thanks both for your comments! TheSenior - I did one piece for an animation that a student did for his college. It wasn't much but I got paid a pretty nice wage and it could have been the beginning of some good gigs but my mind wandered to my writing. I'll be taking it up again soon!

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      Husky1970 6 years ago

      Very nice follow up on your last hub. Vocally talented people can benefit greatly from your suggestions and hopefully gain a little supplementary income. I'm trying to think of an advertisement that my voice would be suited for. Hmmmmm, I think I have a few ideas.

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      TheSenior 6 years ago

      Very good hub - been lookin for another avenue to try and totally forgot about this area.

      Have you yourself tryied this. I will be doin a video for another reason, but forgot about possible commercialization of my voice.