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Unlock the Power of Your Videos with Professional Voice Over Services

Voice Over (VO), an essential component in video production, is the art of providing a voice to narrate, explain, or personify on-screen visuals. The voice behind the scenes can make or break your video's connection with the audience. (And, no that doesn't mean you should just forget about using voiceover altogether!)

In this comprehensive blog post (seriously, it took me DAYS to write), we look at the world of Voice Over for Videos, exploring how VO can enhance storytelling and engage viewers across commercials, documentaries, e-learning courses, social media content and anywhere else you've ever seen a video. YES, even there.


I'll unveil the secrets to selecting the perfect voice for your video projects and the transformative impact it can have on your messaging and audience retention. But it's just a voice, right? Wrong. It really can have that effect. Humans for the win! Or something.



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The Importance of Voice Over in Video Production

Voice over stands out as a pivotal element that can turn your visual content into a winner, or indeed A MASSIVE LOSER. A well-executed VO can breathe life into your videos, turning a simple watch into an engaging experience for your audience, filling in the blanks and giving them all important context.



Enhancing Video Storytelling through VO

Storytelling is an art, and I like to think voice over is the brush that colours your narrative. Ok, I came up with that just for this blog. But it works. With tone, pace, emotion and a million other factors, VO draws viewers into the heart of the story, making them feel every twist and turn as if they were part of the journey themselves.


The Impact of VO on Audience Engagement

Audience engagement is paramount, and nothing captures and keeps attention quite like a compelling voice. A professional VO (hello, that's me, Martin Whiskin), not only relays information but also connects with the audience on an emotional level, leading to higher retention rates and a more memorable viewing experience. Have a think about that for a moment. Can a voice really make a difference to sales?


Think of some classic adverts:

Was it just the music in the Hovis ad that made it memorable?

Without George Clooney’s voice would Nespresso have sold so many units?

And while we're on male voices with a particular power...

Enough said.





Comparing Videos with and Without Professional VO

Visuals can catch the eye, but the voice captures the ear. Actually, it also catches the heart and mind, but that would have made the analogy far too long.


Compare a video with a voiceover to one without, and the difference is clear. The voice elevates the production value, fosters credibility, and ensures your message isn't just seen, but heard and more importantly... felt.


  • Engagement: Videos with professional VO tend to have longer watch times and better engagement metrics.

  • Comprehension: Viewers retain information more effectively with clear and articulate voice overs.

  • Brand Image: A high-quality VO enhances your brand's image and can help establish a signature sound.



Worried Martin Whiskin Voice Over Artist


How to Choose the Right Voice Over Artist

Choosing the right voice over artist (hard to believe, but it's not always me) is crucial for ensuring that your video resonates with your audience and conveys your message effectively.


A viewer's connection to your content can be ruined with the 'wrong' voice. The voiceover artist could have delivered an excellent performance, but if they're not right for the production, it will kill it.


For example, Brian Blessed doing his signature style for some cotton wool. That would be odd.


Consider these points to find the perfect match for your project:



Identifying the Tone and Style Needed for the Project

Defining the tone is the first step in selecting a voice over artist. Whether you need a friendly, conversational tone (like chatting to a buddy), a professional and authoritative voice (BIZNIZ!), or a whimsical and fun narration, the style of your video (and script and music) dictates the voice that will best complement it. Reflect on your brand's personality and the emotions you wish to spread among your audience.


Is 90 year old voiceover artist Doris, who is excellent I might add, the best voice for the next batch of Radio X idents? No, she is not.



Searching for a Voice That Matches Your Video’s Character

If your video has words, it has its own character and a voice over artist will bring it to life. Look for someone who doesn't just read the script, but interprets it in such a way that they embody the character, brand and essence of your video. This means selecting a voice that not only matches the demographic of your intended audience (see Doris above) but one that will sit well with the visuals, music and SFX.


Think of it as a weird multi-faceted marriage.


Professional Voice Over Artist in 3D

The Advantages of Hiring Professional British Actors for Authenticity

Now I’m not bragging about being British here but hiring professional British actors can lend authenticity and credibility to your project - particularly if it is aimed at a UK audience or if the video requires a polished, refined English accent.


They can bring a touch of class, eloquence, and proper pronunciation that's hard to replicate without years of training and experience.


Aaaand they can also bring the other end of the spectrum. Innit bruv.


It's a weird thing, but the British accent is loved around the globe.





Auditioning Process and Selecting the Perfect Voice

Once you have a shortlist of potentials, the auditioning process begins.


Provide a segment of your script (most VOs will do you a free sample) and let the artists do their thing with your words. When you listen to their readings, pay attention to how well they capture the underlying message and the feel of your video. Consider things like their diction, pace, and emotional range.


The perfect voice isn't just heard; it's felt.

  • Select the most appropriate tone of voice for this audience.

  • Ensure the voice over artist can reflect the character and style of your video.

  • Consider the cultural and linguistic nuances if you're targeting a specific market.

  • Engage in a thorough auditioning process to assess compatibility with your vision.


Bonus tip:


  • Don't read along with the script when listening to the voice overs. Either add it into your video or close your eyes and absorb. Feel it.



Voice Over Techniques and Styles: Bringing Your Videos to Life

Mastering the art of voice over is not just about having a good voice. It's about interpreting the words effectively, understanding the nuances of vocal techniques and... loads of other stuff that contributes to a compelling auditory experience. When it comes to voice over for videos, the way the words are delivered can deeply affect how your message is received.


Let's explore a couple of the most common techniques and styles used by the pros.



Theatrical vs. Conversational VO Styles

One of the first decisions in voice over work is choosing a style. How should it be read?


Let's take something we might call 'theatrical' and let's also look at 'conversational'.


Theatrical and dramatic voice overs can be larger than life, perfect for captivating emotional narratives or high-energy promotions. Think of the voice over who cornered the action film market in the 80’s, promoting stars like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger with lines such as “He was just an ordinary man… taken to the edge. But now, he’s fighting back”.  


They command attention and inject drama into the script.


On the other hand, conversational voice overs are all about authenticity (blurgh, that word should be removed from the dictionary) and relatability, ideal for connecting with the audience on a personal level, as if having a one-on-one conversation. These can often be found in commercials where the brand wants to talk on a level to as many people as possible.


Voice Over standing up


Techniques for Different Types of Videos

Each video type requires a unique approach to voice over. Narration in documentaries often works best with a clear, informative, and authoritative tone, a la Sir David Attenborough. Commercial voice overs on the other hand might lean towards persuasive, upbeat, or even humorous styles to engage potential customers like the ones by Martin Whiskin (wait... I know that name). Understanding the context and goal of your video is crucial in adapting the voice to fit the bill.



Voice Modulation and Control

Effective voice modulation can significantly enhance the voice over delivery. It involves varying pitch, tone, pace, projection and emotion to add depth to the performance.


Mastery of voice control allows the VO to make every word count, driving the narrative forward and maintaining the listener's interest.


  • Pitch: Playing with pitch can help convey different emotions.

  • Tone: Tone of voice projects the underlying attitude of your message.

  • Pace: Adjusting the speed of delivery can create suspense, emphasize key points, or make complex information easier to digest.

  • Projection: Using volume strategically (whisper the next bit) can underscore important moments or maintain a consistent level of engagement (shout the next bit) throughout the video.

  • Emotion: Simply, it makes you feel.




Scriptwriting Tips for Voice Over Scripts

Writing for the spoken word is distinctly different from writing text that is meant to be read on a page. Voice over scripts must account for the nuances of spoken language and should be phrased in a way that is natural and easy to articulate.


Screenwriting tips for voice over scripts


It’s important to read the script aloud during the drafting phase, to ensure that it flows smoothly and doesn’t contain overly complex sentences that could trip up the voice over artist.

There is a huge difference when you read aloud what is written.


Engaging listeners with a clear and compelling script is crucial. They must be able to understand the message quickly and should be drawn into the narrative. Keep your audience engaged by opening with a strong hook, maintaining an interesting thread throughout, and closing with a memorable call to action or conclusion.


Lastly, the importance of timing and pacing in your voice over scripts cannot be overstated.


STOP TRYING TO FIT AS MANY WORDS AS POSSIBLE INTO THE TIME YOU HAVE. IT SOUNDS BAD.

Timing influences how the information is digested and the pacing sets the rhythm of the voice, which together can evoke the right (or wrong) emotional response from your audience. Consider the length of your script and whether it aligns with the intended video segments, taking into account pauses for emphasis or breaths.


  • Aim for simplicity and clarity; remove unnecessary jargon and complex language. (I've done a 3 word script for a Vodka brand before. Take inspiration!)

  • Use short sentences and paragraphs to keep the communication straightforward.

  • Ensure there is a logical flow to the script, maintaining a focused and cohesive narrative.

  • Highlight key points with strong emphasis to make sure they stand out audibly.

  • Factor in pauses, as they are critical for pacing and help emphasize important points.


AGAIN, STOP TRYING TO FIT AS MANY WORDS AS POSSIBLE INTO THE TIME YOU HAVE. IT SOUNDS BAD.

Remember that a well-crafted script serves as the backbone of effective voice overs, so take the time to refine the script until it hits all the right notes for your video’s message. And don't be afraid to ask what the voice actor thinks - they've probably seen more scripts than you.



Recording and Editing Voice Overs: Crafting the Perfect Audio for Your Video

Once you've chosen your voice over artist (despite saying it wouldn't always be me, it will be me) and fine-tuned your script, it's time to think about the recording and editing. This stage will transform a written script into a lifelike narration that elevates your video.


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Here’s how to ensure a smooth and professional voice over production process:

Leave it all to the VO. Most of us have our own studios AND know how to use them. I know. Crazy right?


Or, if you insist on doing it in-house...


Setting Up the Recording Environment

A well planned recording environment is a must for capturing quality voice over audio. Here are key aspects to consider:


  • Choose a quiet, acoustically treated space to minimise reflections and background noise. Vocal booths are best amirite? Yes. I am.

  • Ensure that the space is free from distracting sounds like the hum of the fridge or passing traffic.

  • Position the microphone correctly, with a pop filter, to maintain consistent audio levels and to avoid plosives.

  • SO MUCH MORE OTHER STUFF.


Another or...


Hire a voiceover recording studio and / or producer.



Tips for VO Artists During the Recording Session

Experience alone doesn't guarantee a seamless recording session. Have a look at these tips that can help voice over artists deliver their best performance:


  • Warm up beforehand with vocal exercises to ensure clarity, flexibility and stamina.

  • All parties should ensure everything is working a couple of hours before a session, so everyone has time to sort out any issues.

  • WATER WATER WATER to stay hydrated, which helps to preserve the quality of the voice and gets rid of flob (goss((spit)). Anybody else call it flob or goss when they were younger?

  • The director, client and VO should work together to understand the vision and desired tone for the voice over, adjusting the reading as needed.

  • Be polite and professional, but you should all be yourself. Be professional, but NOT WELL BORING.



Directing Voice Over Talent for Optimal Performance

Communicating your vision to the voice over (VO) artist is the cornerstone of capturing the perfect tone for your video content. It's about more than just reading lines—it's about conveying emotion, intent, and the overarching message you want to deliver to your audience. Here's how to work with VO talent to ensure the results align with your expectations...



Working Together With Talent for the Desired Outcome

Collaboration is key when directing voice over talent. Start by discussing your project's goals, your brand's voice, and the specifics of the target audience. Make sure the VO artist understands the context of the script and the emotions that need to be conveyed in each section. Encourage them to bring their own interpretation to the table, which can add depth and authenticity to the performance.



Providing Feedback and Direction During Recording Sessions

During recording sessions, provide clear and constructive feedback. This can include direction on pacing, pronunciation, and tone. Use terms that are helpful and descriptive; for example, instead of asking for "more energy," you might request that they "bring a sense of excitement as if announcing a great discovery." It is also beneficial to let the VO artist perform a few takes so they can experiment and you can choose the take that best matches your vision for the video.


Don't use phrases like "happy but sad" or "fast but slow". We hate those with a passion. A PASSION.

  • Pre-Session Brief: Provide a detailed brief before the session that includes not just the script, but also any relevant backstory, character descriptions, and specific directions. I had a brief recently that just said "get faster towards the end". Rubbish.

  • Real-Time Direction: If possible, direct the session in real-time, either in person or via a remote connection, to give immediate feedback and adjustments.

  • Performance Review: Listen closely to each take and provide specific notes for improvement or changes, ensuring each iteration brings you closer to the desired performance.


Remember, a successful voice over performance is a blend of the right talent (me), clear direction (you. Or me, if it's a self-directed job), and open, collaborative communication (you and me). By investing the time to direct your voice over talent appropriately, you are sure to achieve an end result that makes your video’s impact MASSIVE. Hang on. MASSIVE.


You can tell it was a good session when you're on the call for a few minutes. Love those.



Techniques for Editing and Syncing Voice-Over with Video

After the voice over recording, the editing phase is where everything comes together. I love this part - hearing a finished piece is like putting the final piece into a jigsaw. Very satisfying.


Use these techniques to polish and sync the audio to the video:


  • Edit out any mistakes, unwanted pauses, or background noises from the original recording.

  • Use appropriate software to align the voice over with the visuals. Some DAWs allow you to import a video.

  • Balance the audio levels of the voice over and background music/sound effects to achieve a harmonious blend. (It's very upsetting for a voiceover artist to find a production they were part of and the music is FAR TOO LOUD. Don't make us sad.)

  • Consider the use of compression to even out the dynamic range, making the voice over track sound more consistent and professional.

  • Review the synced voice over in context with the complete video to confirm that it conveys the right emotion and information.


Recording and editing a voice over for your video can seem daunting, but with the right tips and techniques, you can produce audio that captivates. Let your videos speak volumes with a voice over that resonates with your audience and enhances your message.





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Mastering Localisation and Multilingual Voice Overs for Global Impact

In today's interconnected world, ensuring your video content resonates with international audiences is key if you want global success. This means considering how your message is conveyed not just through visuals but also through the voice over in different languages.



The Necessity for Localisation in Global Video Projects

Localisation is much more than just translating text; it's about adapting your content culturally and contextually to your target audience. For videos, this means taking into account various regional differences – idioms, humour, and local customs – to ensure your message lands with the intended impact. A highly localised voice over can substantially increase viewer engagement and brand affinity in each market. This can even happen within the confines of a single country too.


A simple bread roll in England has a different name depending on which county you're in (pretty much).


BUY MY OVEN BOTTOM!

What?!



Finding and Working with Multilingual VO Professionals

Finding the right multilingual voice over talent is pivotal. A skilled VO artist will bring authenticity and credibility to your content. When casting for multilingual VO professionals, consider not only their linguistic skills but also their cultural background and experience.


Working with native speakers is often preferable as they bring an innate understanding of the language's subtleties that can't be mimicked. Then of course, hire someone using all the techniques I mentioned up there ^^^. Don't hire someone just because "they speak the language". VO is more than just talking into a mic.



Cultural Sensitivity and Language Nuances

Navigating cultural sensitivity and language nuances is essential. Each culture has its unique set of values and traditions that can influence how your content is perceived. Understanding and respecting these differences and working them into your voice over can make a significant difference in audience receptivity. Also, be aware of regional dialects and accents, choosing a voice that's representative of your target market without falling into stereotypes.



By considering these aspects of localization and multilingual voice over, you're setting your video content on the path to worldwide resonance. The voice that represents your brand can bridge cultural divides and create a strong, emotional connection with viewers around the world.


Of course, if you're only selling oven bottoms in Lancashire, you crack on mate and ignore the info about localisation.



Demystifying Voice Over Pricing and Budgeting

If you are looking to incorporate a professional voice over into your video, a clear understanding of voice over pricing and how to budget effectively is v important.


V important.


Whether you're producing a commercial, an instructional video, or entertainment content, aligning cost with the quality is key to ensuring your project's success without over (or under) spending.


Let's face it. It's confusing out there. Cheap often means low quality, but not always. And expensive means high quality... OR DOES IT?!

Understanding VO Industry Pricing Standards

Pricing in the voice over industry varies greatly depending on several factors such as the experience of the voice actor, the genre, the length of the recording (sometimes), and the intended use of the voice over. For instance, a voice over for a local radio commercial will generally cost less than a national TV commercial due to differences in exposure, reach and campaign length.


  • Experience of the Talent: Seasoned voice over artists might charge more due to their expertise and reputation.

  • Project Length: Longer scripts (like e-learning modules) require more time to record and edit, thus increasing the price.

  • Usage Rights: The extent to which the recording is used—locally, nationally, or internationally—also impacts the final cost.



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Budgeting for Different Types of VO Work

Create a budget that reflects the specific needs of your video project. Projects involving extensive dialogue, multiple characters, or specialised skill sets, such as accents or language fluency, will also influence the overall cost.


  • Commercial Work: Often comes with a higher price tag due to broad distribution.

  • Educational: May be more affordable, especially if the project is for a non-profit or public service.

  • Entertainment: Budgeting here can vary widely based on distribution plans and the prominence of the voice talent.



Negotiating Rates with VO Talent

Finding common ground with voice over talent on rates is possible through clear communication and understanding of the industry standards. Don't hesitate to ask for quotes from several voice actors to compare the rates and make sure nobody is taking the Mickey.


Remember, while budget is important, the cheapest option may not always provide the best value for your project. It may well ruin it and then you'll have to pay again to get it right.


Many voice over artists are willing to negotiate rates for longer-term projects or repeat work. But that doesn't mean we'll agree to massive discounts simply on the promise of future jobs. Experience has told VOs it's likely a gargantuan fib. When that future work materialises, then you can have a discount.


Building a relationship with a voice actor can lead to mutually beneficial arrangements.



Enhance Your Brand with Strategic Voice Over Integration

Wow. What does that even mean?!


Well, successfully marketing your videos goes beyond visually compelling content; the voice over you choose is an invaluable tool for building your brand's identity and ensuring your message connects with your audience. An effective VO can transform your video from being just another piece of content to a powerful branding element that resonates with viewers.



Leveraging Voice Over for Branding and Marketing Strategies

Each aspect of your video's VO should align with your overall branding goals. It's not just about the message, but how it's delivered. The tone, pacing, and personality of the voice can enhance brand recognition and help form emotional connections with your audience. Incorporating a consistent voice in your marketing materials can create a signature sound that makes your brand instantly recognisable.


McDonald's whistle anyone?



Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Voice Over

Like any marketing strategy, the success of your VO should be measurable. By paying close attention to metrics such as viewer engagement, conversion rates, and audience feedback, you can gauge the effectiveness of your VO. Analysing the data can also help you make informed decisions on whether to adjust your approach for future campaigns. A/B testing with different VO styles is an excellent strategy to see what resonates best with your target demographic.


Ultimately, the voice you choose to represent your video can make all the difference in your marketing efforts—turning viewers into customers, and customers into passionate advocates for your brand.



The Next Frontier in Narration: The Future of Voice Over Technology    

As we stand at the cusp of technological innovation, the field of voice over is also undergoing a profound transformation. The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) has given rise to synthetic voice options that are increasingly hard to distinguish from human narration. This coming together of technology and creativity hints at a future where the landscape of voice over work is radically altered.



The Rise of AI and Synthetic Voice Over Options    

In recent times, AI-generated voices have surged in popularity, offering a cost-effective and time-efficient alternative to traditional voice over production. Companies employing AI voice over technology are now able to produce large volumes of voice content that require consistent quality and vocal tone, without the variability that comes with human performances.



Pros and Cons of Using AI Voice Over

Pros:

  • AI voice over can drastically reduce turnaround times for projects.

  • It offers significant cost savings, especially for projects requiring multiple languages or very repetitive content.

  • Advanced algorithms ensure consistent vocal quality and style across extensive projects.

Cons:

  • Lacks the emotional depth and nuanced expression that professional voice over artists bring to a performance.

  • Cannot effectively convey brand personality or connect with audiences on an emotional level.

  • Raises ethical questions and concerns about job displacement for human voice over artists.

  • Some of the cheap software out there sounds UTTERLY SH*T. Don't do it.



Predictions on How Technology Will Change the Voice Over Industry  

As we look ahead, it is predicted that AI will not only enhance synthetic voices but also democratise voice over production, making it more accessible to content creators globally. Yet, despite the strides in technology, the unique artistry of human voice over talent is irreplaceable for projects that require a genuine human connection.


The voice over industry is likely to find a balance, with AI voice over fulfilling certain roles, while human talent continues to thrive in areas that demand creative interpretation and emotional depth.




Understanding Legalities in Voice Over Production

When incorporating a voice over into your video projects, it's essential to recognise the legal considerations that protect both voice over artists and producers. Knowledge about copyright laws and contract agreements ensures that the voice over work remains compliant with industry standards and respects the rights of all parties involved.



Respecting Voice Over Artist Rights

Voice over artists lend their unique talents to breathe life into video content, and their contributions are protected legally. Ensuring that their rights are upheld is crucial for maintaining a professional relationship and safeguarding their intellectual property. This includes understanding usage rights, exclusivity clauses, and crediting procedures.


Don't go cloning our voices and don't add a sneaky 6 months onto your ad campaign.

So naughty!



Navigating Copyright and Contracts

Structured agreements are the backbone of professional voice over work. Contracts should clearly outline the scope of the project, compensation details, and the terms of usage. Be vigilant in detailing copyright ownership, especially when working with freelancers, to avoid any ambiguous situations down the line. It's also important to be familiar with the risks of using third-party content, such as music or sound effects within your productions.



Compliance with Legal Standards

Staying updated with the legal standards governing voice over work is a must. This includes being informed about national and international copyright laws, performance royalties, and other legalities that might affect voice over distribution across various platforms and countries. Being compliant not only protects your project but also enhances its worth and credibility among audiences and clients.


  • Always acquire proper licenses and permissions for voice over work to avoid potential legal complications.

  • Diligently negotiate and review contracts with voice over artists and include specific terms about ownership and rights to use.

  • Stay informed about changes in copyright law to ensure all voice over content is used and distributed legally.



Essential Voice Over Equipment and Software for Stellar Audio Quality

If you're here because you want to be a voice actor or you're looking to upgrade your voice over studio, the right equipment and software can make a significant difference in the quality of your voice recordings. (They won't make a bad voice actor good though). Here's a list of recommendations to help you capture studio-quality sound.


recording voiceover using the best software and hardware


Professional Microphones and Recording Gear

  • Condenser Microphones: Ideal for voice over work due to their sensitive and flat frequency response. Don't be using an SM58 or your mobile phone.

  • Mic Stand: Definitely don't hold the mic. You won't be able to stand still enough and you shouldn't be restricted while voicing.

  • Pop Filters: This is an essential accessory to reduce plosive sounds that can cause unwanted noise and distortion. Mind your Ps and Bs.

  • Acoustic Treatment: High-quality acoustic panels, diffusers, and bass traps aim to control room reverberation and create an acoustically sound (lol sound) recording environment.

  • Audio Interfaces: These convert microphone signals into a digital format and ensure clear, high-quality audio input/output with low latency. Your condensor won't work without one.



Software for Recording and Editing VO

  • DAWs: Digital Audio Workstations like Audacity (free), Adobe Audition, and Pro Tools offer robust tools for recording and editing voice overs. I use Cubase. It's awesome.

  • Plugins: You can enhance your audio with plugins that offer things like noise reduction, EQ, compression, and other effects to refine your voice overs. Don't go overboard though. You can very quickly ruin audio if you don't know what you're doing.


Budget-friendly Equipment for Starters

For those building a home studio on a budget, here are some cost-effective options that don't compromise on quality (much):


  • USB Microphones: Simple plug-and-play mics such as the Blue Yeti that offer respectable sound quality without the need for extra audio gear. Good to start, but USB isn't the way to go forever.

  • DIY Acoustic Treatments: Use household items like blankets and sofas to reduce reflections and improve room acoustics.

  • Free DAWs: Software like Audacity is a powerful tool for beginners and offers a range of features for recording and editing voice overs. It's used by thousands of VOs. Looks like something from the 90s, but works perfectly.



Building a Career in Voice Over Acting

Voice over acting is not only an exciting and rewarding profession but also a field that has seen significant growth with the rise of video content across various media platforms. If you're considering a career in voice over acting, understanding the pathway can help you set the stage for success.


Here's a few ideas about becoming a professional VO artist


  • Education: While formal education is not always mandatory, it is strongly advised. 1 to 1 coaching has been transformative for me as a performer.

  • Practice: Develop your skills by practicing regularly. Record your voice, listen to the playback, and critique your performances. Swearing at yourself is allowed.

  • Branding: Build a personal brand. Use social media, personal websites, and business cards to promote your VO services.


Advice from Industry Experts for Aspiring Voice-Over Actors

Experienced voice-over artists always bang on about the importance of persistence and continuous learning. I do.


Persistence and continuous learning is important.

See?


Networking is key, as is the ability to adapt to different roles in your business and any industry changes. That's a huge point - you'll be running a business, not just doing stupid voices.


Additionally, taking care of your voice (no smoking folks), staying healthy (no smoking folks), and learning to handle rejection gracefully are vital for long-term success. Don't get sad about rejection, just move on.



Networking and Finding Work in the VO Industry

Finding work as a VO artist involves a mix of networking, self-marketing, and showcasing your talent. Engage with the community by joining forums, attending industry events, and connecting with other professionals on platforms like LinkedIn. Establishing a reputation as a reliable and skilled voice over actor will help you gain referrals and repeat clients.


But don't just network with other VOs. Meet all types of business.



Spotlight on Excellence: Voice Over Success Stories

What have NHS, Lego, Wickes, Tesco, UN, Pure Gym, Arsenal FC, BBC, Costa, Mercedes, Shell, Epic Games, Schweppes, RAF, MET, Bang & Olufsen all got in common?


They've all hired me for my voice.


That's not a brag (well, it is a bit), it's more to highlight that big brands understand the importance of emotional connection through voice. If you don't trust a word I've said in this post, trust them instead!


(Also, I'm a One Voice Awards Winner. So if you didn't trust me up to this point in the blog, then didn't trust the big brand names, maybe you can try trusting me now!)



Ready to Elevate Your Videos with Professional Voice Over?

Don't miss the opportunity to transform your video content with the power of voice over.


Sounds like the end of a pitch. But you'd be surprised how many video production companies I've spoken to that don't understand why voiceover works and have never used it.


So, don't wait to make (more of) an impact with your videos.


Contact me now for a consultation.


Call Martin Whiskin today

Your award winning (YES, award winning) voice over artist is waiting for your call… use the contact form though because my reception here is shocking...  



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