If you’re interested in voice-over work, read on to learn more about it, and get some information about his e-course designed for aspiring voice-over artists.
How did you get started doing voice over teaching how to work from home?
While I was a realtor (and working 24/7), my husband started traveling a lot and we had a baby at home.
I have reached the breaking point of my stress. As much as I worked, there was no way I could manage the household and spend meaningful time with my family. So, I knew I had to come up with a way to work from home.
My broadcasting career came in handy here. I knew voice artists were working from home and I knew I could work.
So, I contacted a friend who knew about the biz, ordered my equipment and started learning what I could.
The learning curve was steep and long. But I finally had a legitimate business, and it’s been doing great ever since.
Along the way, I’ve had many friends and family ask how they can learn to do voice overs. I decided to put my education, my on-camera skills and my voice over skills together and I created the course, “Work from Home Doing Voice Overs.”
What will people learn during your free training series?
The free course, Intro to Voice Over, will show interested students what is involved in becoming a voice artist.
It covers at a basic level what equipment you’ll need (which is surprisingly cheap!), your recording space in your home, how voice artists get paid, and more.
The goal of the free course is to give students enough information to know if this is a path they want to go down.
What are some advantages of being a voice over artist?
Where do I start? You can work from home, the flexibility is amazing, it’s creative, you can run your own business, and you can do it on the side or full-time.
I like to be home when my daughter gets home from school, I like to be there during the holidays and summer, I don’t like to commute in bad weather (I live in Minneapolis now – we have a lot of snow!), I like the convenience of doctor’s appointments. schedule, and my dog prefers me to be home.
I have time to exercise and cook meals. I feel in control of my life, which reduces stress for everyone in my family.
Voice acting for everyone?
Maybe not everyone, but gone are the days when you only hear male voices on the radio.
We need all kinds of voices. Listen wherever you hear voices … web videos, telephone systems, movie theater ads, e-learning modules, audiobooks, podcasts, explainer videos, tutorials, video games, live events, etc.
We need men, women, children, high, low, soft, loud, accented, motherly, marketable, sweet, motivational and on and on.
How much can the average voice over artist earn?
Voice artists are paid per project and the range can be quite wide depending on the usage of the project.
A nationally run commercial voice over is completely different from a corporate office voice over that will only be used internally.
Many voice artists like to get their feet wet with audiobooks. So, I’ll use this as an example.
With audiobooks, you can get paid in two ways or a combination of both
There are royalties (where you pay a portion every time an audiobook is sold), or you can pay per hour completed for audiobook narration/production.
Rates vary here, but you can easily find projects that pay $100-$200 per hour completed.
So a 5-hour audiobook at $200 per final hour would be $1000.
Do you primarily narrate audiobooks, or do you also work on other types of projects?
I’ve done a ton of audiobooks and will continue to do so, but I also do many other types of work … e-learning modules, radio ads, movie theater ads, and telephone follow-up surveys.
Is there anything else you want readers to know?
If you want to find a way to work from home and/or if someone has ever told you that your voice is beautiful, going through the free intro course will give you a great idea if this career is a possibility for you. It won’t take long to complete. Then, you can decide if you want to proceed.
If you want to go further, the full course, Work from Home Doing Voice Over, will suit you. It takes you step-by-step through each part of getting up and running.
I took all my research and experience and made it efficient for students to get equipment, set up their recording space, learn how to use recording software, mic skills, recording skills and more.
It’s easy and fun to follow. Once you’re done, you’re ready to move on and I’m always willing to answer questions and help you!