Don’t ever assume you’ve reached a point of perfection where you don’t need further practice and refinement!
All successful voice-over artists know that they must keep honing their skills. The more opportunities you have to work with different coaches, casting directors, voice talents and agents, the better you’ll be as a voice talent! Even when you get to the point that you can confidently say "I’ve made it!" There’s still always more to learn.
The advantages of recording at home is that it gives both you and your clients a win/win business relationship. The savings in studio fees for your clients can be phenomenal. It’s no secret that clients want to work with artists who cut great tracks and also save them money. Your clients know that hiring you will meet both their quality and budgeting needs.
Here are a few examples of how your home recording studio greatly benefits you and your clients:
- You: Short commute around the corner to a spare bedroom or down the hall.
- Client: No commute! You’re just a phone call and email away!
- You: Scheduling studio time…anytime you like!
- Client: Pure heaven! Great time flexibility in scheduling! I’m getting a professional quality recording without studio fees!
- You: Working in a relaxed home environment…even in your pajamas!
- Client: This is great! I can do this project on the phone and not leave the office or disrupt my daily schedule!
- You: Location is not a problem. Work with anyone…worldwide!
- Client: What a relief! I can access my favorite V/O artist for my overseas projects!
As you can see, offering home studio recording has quite a few advantages for you and your client. One of the best reasons to offer home recording is the marketing edge it gives you over your competition. Let’s face it; there are a lot of great voices in this industry. When it comes down to picking between you (V/O with home studio) and someone else (V/O only), who do you think your potential client will choose?
Now that you’re aware of the benefits in having a home recording studio, you need to know what professional equipment is necessary to do a quality job:
- A computer running Windows 7 or Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
- Audacity audio editor
- A USB preamp (Focusrite 2i2 is our favorite) – check here for more suggestions
- Microphone designed for professional speaking with a pop screen
- Quality microphone cable
You now have the basics on how home recording will increase your business and benefit your clients. The next thing you need to learn is how to set up your studio and use it!