voice over is easy money right?

 Voice Over is easy money right?

the information on the  web is pretty overwelming if you want to try and get into voice overs

to be honest, I had all the negative thoughts such as, Am I talented enough? Isn’t  it a saturated market? Every time I put the TV on,  Stephen  Fry is doing the voice over, or Joanna Lumbley – not much room for me, if all the celebs are getting the work

Now I come in from being a DJ/radio presenter, so I do know it is tough getting work, and once you have it, keeping it……..oh the joys of showbiz

I had just been “let go” as our American friends call it, from a radio station and I didn’t know what to do.

I thought I would try voice over work pretty easy right????????? –  wrong.

I assumed that with my contacts in radio, the ‘phone would always be ringing off the hook – wrong again………

I had to work at this (and still do), to get a demo together and punt it out but where do I record a demo?I found that many studios where happy to take my money, but were of no help to get on the ladder. Eventually I found  studio called A1 vox in London who gave me some tips and a couple of tricks to get me going.  It is run by  Charles Nove,  who is a wiz at tech stuff as well as the creative side of things.

I did my demo, now what.?………… I returned on the train to Dorset and had a list of radio stations to which<em> </em>I could send it.

That’s when the hard work begins.  I hope I haven’t put you off………….I just want to give you an over view of how I started in this business.


In my next update I will go through what you need to get going, like equipment that you need to record and monitor from which to achieve a good sound.


Don’t worry if you are not techy, I will try to explain simply……


I am sure that if you are reading this blog, you are interested in voice over, maybe as a hobby, or you would like to pursue it as a career, maybe you are an actor who wants more ‘strings to your bow’.


Well, I would like to help you on your way, first the good news…….. there are  so many opportunities to use your voice, from  ‘on hold’ messages for phone systems, to explainer videos for ‘You Tube’ and of course, radio and TV commercials.


However, where do you start? Well, there are lots of  great courses out there like  <a href=”http://www.voiceovermasterclass.com”>www.voiceovermasterclass.com</a> run by Gary Terzza who is  a continuity  announcer and voice over at Channel 4, who runs VO workshops and helps people put together a showreel and gives some great insights into the world of voice over.


Before you put your hand in your pocket and shell out your hard earned cash, what should you do to see if you are cut out for this crazy but fun business?


The first thing you should do is listen to everything, the ads on radio and TV, and when you are  ‘on hold’, waiting to pay your gas bill, have a listen to the person who is telling you about what services they offer.


If you feel that you could do better, then why not give it a go?


If you don’t live in London and would like to try your hand at voice overs you can always give us a call on 07973 690257 to book a taster session.


Our studio is in Bournemouth Dorset a ten minute taxi ride from Bournemouth station or bus from the station.