Closing Words

 

We’re so glad you’ve accompanied us this far…

We sure you’ll agree that online casting is the way forward for the industry as a whole and—in particular—for voice-acting now as a home-based profession. The industry is booming.

As more and more people across the world gain access, broadband internet is also becoming a great equalizer, extending opportunities to voice-artists—anywhere and everywhere—to ply their trade and perfect their craft. Gone are the days when the business was about who you knew and where you were located; these days it’s about what you can do and how well you can do it—and that’s good.

Certainly, one has to understand that competition is fierce; jobs are not simply going to waltz through the door and collapse into your lap. You’ll have to work hard to get them. Having a great voice may be your single most important attribute as an online talent, but it’s only one of many variables in the ultimate success equation. You need business acumen, commitment, and a great deal of perseverance, too.

We hope we’ll continue accompanying you on your journey—not only as a handy resource to keep nearby but also as a reminder of who you can be and what you can do.

The sky’s the limit.

Happy voice-acting!

 

12 Comments

  • Donna Summers

    August 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm Reply

    Very well done, Steven! This is a beautiful guide for any talent who wants to work online. As an agent at VoiceCasting, I would have a few different words of wisdom based on online agency representation, but I guess that’s my paper to write! As far as talent repping themselves, you are right on!

    Best of luck to you and yours, and I am proud to call you my friend and fellow business associate.

  • Roy Worley

    August 17, 2011 at 11:42 am Reply

    Steven,
    As one eager to get into the field I found myself wondering where to start. After joining Voice123 I fired off and email within a short time received a response that was obviously not canned. I was directed to your guide and found it to be exactly what I needed. I am looking forward to the next step and hope enjoy a long career in V O work.

    Roy

  • Debby Barnes

    September 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm Reply

    Steven, your radical servitude in the Voice Over Community has paid-off! Your Online VO Guide is superb. It’s well written, it’s a speedy read, it’s full of personal experience and it’s brimming with sense and sensibility. Your progressive advice has been easy to devour!

    Loud Cheers! Debby Barnes

  • Gina England

    December 5, 2011 at 12:34 am Reply

    Steven –

    What a wonderfully informative and well written guide for anyone looking to enter the online voice over business/community. As one just now entering the online market, I am grateful to you for all of the insights and specific references you included here. Excellent work and most helpful. Thank you!!

    Gina England

  • Stuart Irvine

    January 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm Reply

    Steven,

    Thank you for the voice over guide. i found it invaluable. i am just starting out, and you really have made some important points. That i am sure i will come up as my new career starts, on its winding road. very well written, and should be a voice over artists bible.

    Thank you,

    Stuart

  • Martin A.

    April 21, 2012 at 11:17 pm Reply

    Steven, I read your online book as one of the ‘conditions’ for getting a trial membership in Voice123. I feel like the team did me a personal favor by setting that prerequisite. My knowledge and my enthusiasm have both been given a great boost, as has my confidence in Voice123 as a potential resource.

    I have done lots of voice work in the past, but suddenly it all makes lots more sense. I am ready to declare, “damn the torpedos; full speed ahead!”

    Thanks,
    Martin

  • Martin A.David

    April 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm Reply

    Steven, I read your online book as one of the ‘conditions’ for getting a trial membership in Voice123. I feel like the team did me a personal favor by setting that prerequisite. My knowledge and my enthusiasm have both been given a great boost, as has my confidence in Voice123 as a potential resource.

    I have done lots of voice work in the past, but suddenly it all makes lots more sense. I am ready to declare, “damn the torpedos; full speed ahead!”

    Thanks,
    Martin

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  • Steven G. Sloan

    May 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm Reply

    Wow, Just WOW! I love your ability to communicate in such an ‘easy’ way to follow and I’m truly excited to get get started with Voice123!

  • Jerry Lord

    May 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm Reply

    Hi Steven,

    I just finished reading your V.O. guide as a pre-requisite to starting the Voice 123 Trial period. I started in this business in 1981, the days of reel-to-reel tape decks and razor blades, splicing blocks and tape. In that era, it would have been financially impossible to set up a recording studio and do everything by snail-mail. In 1993, life circumstances took my career towards 20 years of media sales. During those 20 years, I often went to a production studio to record a V.O., not worrying about the editing or dealing with the client.
    I recently retired from the sales grind at age of 55 and now am pursuing my life long dream of doing voice overs to earn my living. Over the last year I have done many of the things you referenced in your guide, to prepare for this. Amazing with the technology of the internet and digital editing what can be done from a desktop PC and M-Box Mini. Reading your online guide fired me up even more and I know will be an ongoing resource on my journey. After 20 years, I am finally getting paid for something that doesn’t feel like work to me. What an incredible journey it has been… and will continue to be. If anyone asks me in the future “What does it take to get into the VO Biz?”, I will enthusiastically send them the link to your VO Guide. Let’s get started on this Trial Membership with Voice 123!!!!!!

  • Gary Dayze

    May 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm Reply

    Steven:
    I can’t thank you enough for sending me the link to read your book! I couldn’t begin to tell you how much information I gained from reading it. You are truly BRILLIANT! On a VERY RARE occassion I say to myself, “Gee, I wish I had met ‘that person’ a long time ago because I knew we would have been great longtime friends.” Steven, YOU are one of those people. You have no idea how much you have helped me already. Again, THANK YOU for sharing all your hard work. I sincerely do appreciate it.
    Peace,
    Gary Dayze

  • Samantha

    September 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm Reply

    Hi Steven,

    Thanks so much for this comprehensive and concise guide and for sharing it so openly on the net. Getting into voiceover work in the UK is quite daunting, seeing as most of it is handled by a handful of agents! It’s a much bigger market than we Brits realise, so thanks for helping me realise that. You’ve really thought of everything – it’s such a great resource and I’ll be passing it on to anyone I know who’s interested in becoming a voice over artist and doesn’t realise how much preparation, knowledge and graft is involved!

    All the best,

    Samantha

  • MckenzieVoice

    October 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Like a breath of fresh air that a voice over guide of this depth is supplied free of charge and not given as a half measure with a big fee for purchase at the end. Brilliant guide – all voicers should read it even if just to refresh on something.

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