“Anyone can be a voiceover!”

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Read the title of this blog post again. Go on.

“ANYONE CAN BE A VOICEOVER!”

Load of old bollocks, isn’t it?

But there are some websites, training courses and networking groups who reckon this is true. As long as you pay them for their book/course/networking event, natch. (Some charge £20 for just one day’s access to their members only area! Twenty quid for just ONE DAY!!! Then £25 a month thereafter, obv. Some also claim you can set up as a voiceover for just £150! I wish I’d bloody known that. And there are some who claim you can earn five grand in half an hour. HahahahahhaAHAHAHAHAHAA!)

Personally, I think it’s wrong to promise that “anyone can be a voiceover.”

But anyone with a mouth can speak, I hear you cry. (If indeed they do use their mouths for speaking).

And of course anyone can record their voice. But that doesn’t make them a voiceover. Because being a voiceover is a profession – something you make money out of because you have a good reputation and you’re good at what you do.

I asked the question on Twitter.

 

Here are some replies:

I really want to be a dancer – I have a body don’t I? I can move my lumbering form to music? CALL THE ROYAL BALLET! I can kick a ball. LET’S RING MANCHESTER UNITED! Or, like my colleague Pete Nottage, perhaps you’d like to be a heart surgeon?

If you truly want to become a voiceover, paying money to someone who tells you they can make your dream come true is a waste of time and cash.

Here are my top tips for voiceover success:

  • Practice.
  • Listen – to your own voice and pro voices you respect.
  • Get advice – there are many free resources available online.
  • Repeat the above many, many times.

Don’t waste your money on the Machiavellis promising the unpromisable. Develop your talent instead.

 

To hear some character nonsense I’ve voiced, click here.

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