Our business doesn’t have laws, or rules, or standards in the same way that a banker or a cashier does. There’s no ‘entrance exam‘ to be a voice talent. So it’s no wonder that I’ve seen dozens upon dozens of newbie talent asking the advice and opinion of others about workflow methods, finding agents, finding gigs, gear, classes, coaches, and many other things.
This is all well and good, gathering information on your own is a vital part of learning and staying current as a voice talent. There are a great number of resources free and otherwise that can help you learn and grow all without leaving the comfort of your own home. I urge people to read and stay abreast of the industry as much as they can, things change, sometimes very quickly indeed.
But there’s something vital to remember in all this. There is no ‘one way’ to success in voice over. There’s no schedule that works for everyone, no cold calling method to always bear fruit, and no single way to organize your business. Don’t feel left out or that there’s something wrong with you because someone else, or ‘everyone’ does something a certain way. If what you’re doing works for you, and you are meeting your goals, then good for you! Just the same, but on the flip side, if you’re trying something that doesn’t work, then change it up!
I’m a single woman who lives alone, and I conduct my business schedule in a way that wouldn’t work for a lot of other people. A mother or someone with a family would have a lot of other hurdles to deal with, as would someone with a second job. I have tried on many schedules and methods for size, and it was always with a wince that I abandoned something suggested by someone that I respected, but I know in the end that the most important thing is to find something that truly ‘fits’ me. And the same is true for you. Be sure and find your voice over business ‘perfect fit’.