This is part 3 of a 10-part series about the preliminaries to becoming a voice over artist/actor.
Gone are the days when you’re invited to the studio, where there’s a voice director, your voice is recorded and the rest is taken care of by a sound technician. This is both good and bad news.Let’s start with the good news.
If you have power, stable and fast Internet, you can live and work from almost anywhere. This really opens up the field for voice over talents as you no longer need to live close to a major centre where there are recording studios. Before you start a little dance, here’s the bad news.
You, yes you, have to be your own voice director, sound technician (or you’ll need to pay someone else to do it) and voice talent. Unlike being in the sound studio you decide the tone, pace and prosity based on the description of what the client is looking for. You’ll be working alone.
Do you have the self-discipline to record and re-record and edit your voice overs? Because each is a separate task that can take hours at a computer to complete. If you suffer from the “squirrel” factor, constantly chasing after the next shiny new thing, voice over may be more of a challenge than expected. For example, the rule of thumb for an audio book narration is that for every finished hour – the one the listener hears – it takes an average of 6 hours to produce; meaning familiarising yourself with the text, narrating it, editing the recording, uploading it to whatever platform you’re using. So, if you have a 12 hour-long book, it took you…well, you do the math. Do you have the self-discipline to put in the many hours of solo work to get the job done?
In the next article, I’ll talk about space for a home studio.
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