A large aspect of marketing yourself as a voice actor involves networking. Networking not only with potential clients, but also with fellow voice actors. Forming and maintaining relationships with other voice-over artists is important for both your career and for your sanity!
Meeting with other voice actors will give you the opportunity to learn and grow from another person’s experiences, ask for advice, and hopefully get honest feedback on your voice-over technique. In the right setting, a casual group could be the most affordable voice over training out there!
One such voice over group is the Orange County VO Peeps Meet-Up, which started out as a small group of classmates from a local voice over workshop. Anne Ganguzza organizes the group that meets bi-monthly, and it’s as informal as a potluck with a group of friends with a common interest.
“Our group welcomes all talents, from beginners to advanced professionals in the industry,” says Anne Ganguzza. “We strive to educate, motivate, and inspire — hopefully helping members achieve their career goals and go out and get as many voice over jobs as possible!”
The group’s members are comprised of varying backgrounds and levels of experience. They each bring a dish to share, and they take turns reading copy and giving each other feedback as if the script were an actual voice over job. They even featured a special guest, Tim Keenan from Creative Media Recording to give them tips on reading corporate narration copy.
The group has set topics to talk about in the upcoming months as well. On the agenda is everything from marketing to finances, editing auditions to bidding, and writing business plans to working with VO agents.
While Meet-Up groups can be a great source of continuing education for voice-over artists, they aren’t a substitute for traditional voice-over training. Meet-Up groups tend to lend wonderful follow-up support and guidance, as the group can certainly become greater than the sum of the parts! We recommend that you search in your area using meetup.com or networking with other voice-over talent through social sites (facebook voice-over groups, Voice-Over Universe, etc.) for a meet up group to join to improve your networking and career possibilities.
Such A Voice Coach/Producer Steven Wahlberg books a narration job for this years golf course for the US Open!
By: Steven Wahlberg
I received an audition request from Voice123.com for a project that required a narrator to voice copy that would be running underneath a video of aerial shots of a golf course where the US Open is being played this year. After receiving some positive feedback on my audition, I was informed that the client had selected someone else for the job but that they liked my voice enough to consider me for future projects. I’ve only heard that about a gazillion times before so I really didn’t think any more about it. Well, about a month later I received an e-mail from the agency that produced the previous golf video asking if I would be interested in reading a few scripts that outlined the rules of golf for a DVD. I agreed and was fortunate to be hired on the spot. This was the outcome!