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I know you are working too hard to make the money you are making in voice-over. In fact, you probably aren't making enough money and it's starting to get scary.
At some point, you thought you started living your dream. You quit that soul-sucking 9 to 5 and went full-time VO.
But now you are seeing that running a full-time voice over business is causing you to spend more time than you would be spending on that old job. And worse, you are making about the same amount of money.
Getting clients is getting harder and harder. You are getting up early to be the first to audition for things coming on freelance and P2P sites.
You are waking up in the middle of the night a couple of times to double check email and answer client requests so you don't miss out on that either.
This is not freedom!
This is worse than the old job you had. I know most guys (men) feel that the harder they work the more of a man they are.
In this age we live in there is absolutely no reason to believe that anymore....
So what does Blockbuster have to do with your voice over business?
Let me tell you.
Throughout the 1990s, Blockbuster was the dominant firm in the video rental market. By 2004, it employed over 80,000 people and had more than 9,000 stores worldwide.
By 2010, it had filed for bankruptcy. What happened? Netflix, a startup in the industry, grew to dominance with a new delivery system and business model. Ironically, Blockbuster turned down multiple opportunities to buy Netflix for just $50 million in 2000. In 2017, Netflix had total assets of over $19 billion.
The significance of this to you as a voice over artists is huge.
Much of the advice in the voice over industry in regards to business development is old. It worked in the '90s but not anymore.
The landscape has changed and is ever evolving. We no longer have to go into a studio to record. We have our own home pro studios.
We no longer...
You have been in voice over for years and you are still struggling to get clients. Why is this?
You see others that may not even be as talented as you pass you by. You are frustrated and let's be honest.
You are even considering quitting.
This is truly sad because you are are a great talent and you are a beast when it comes to audio production.
But you still only get a few jobs a month and those jobs don't even get you close to being a full-time voice over.
What I am about to tell you may seem harsh at times but it is true.
If you heed this advice it may make the difference for you to live your dream as full-time VO.
1. Lack Of Patience
This is hands down the biggest problem for you. You are also telling yourself lies about it.
Building a successful voice over business takes time. You may intellectually know this, but your actions are not lining up.
You watch all the YouTube videos, webinars, and read all the blogs that offer you tips...
You Don't Need Another Voice Over Tip Or Trick To Get Clients! You need a diagnosis of the problem as to why you are not getting more and better voice over clients.
Transformation of your business does not come from a tip or a trick. Every day I get emails and DM's from people asking me, "Earl how do I get more clients?"
That one question has no real answer for everyone that asks it. I can not provide value at all in that type of question without being able to dive in, diagnose the real problems, and then give specific guidance.
That answer takes a lot of time to answer for every person that asks it.
People that understand business development know that it takes time to build a business and doing that is going to take a lot more than posting a question in a Facebook group.
When you have been in voice over for 2-5 years and start to make money, you realize what it took to just get to that point. You realize the hours, months, and years it took to get where you...
For the past few years, the Fiverr debate has been huge in the Voice Over community. A segment of the VO community views it as horrible for us to do work there. Another segment has viewed it as a way to break to break into voice over.
The most undercover segment of the VO community is on Fiverr (secretly) but still talks about others tearing down the VO community that is openly on Fiverr.
What's the real deal here?
Personally, I wonder why this debate has raged on. So why am I bringing this up AGAIN?
Over the past few months, I have come across people in the VO community that are have nothing against Fiverr but don't want anyone else to know that they are not against it.
The voice over elite has drawn a line in the sand. They are saying that if you are on Fiverr, you can not be in our club.
For those making $50 to $200K on Fiverr, every year does this matter to them? I think not.
Voice Over is not an industry that has rules that you must follow to be a...
Building a voice-over business is tough. Heck, any business is tough to build. There is no lack of information out there on this topic, but an actual defined outcome, I mean literal results, seems to elude most.
In the voice-over community, there is no shortage of YouTube videos, blogs, or podcasts filled with information on how to build a voice over business. In fact, there are over 100 groups and pages on Facebook alone that claim to serve the voiceover artists (how many do you belong to?).
There is just one problem here. What are the outcomes being produced by any of them? Are you as a voice actor, not just being overwhelmed with information? But are you actually getting an outcome?
If you are honest with yourself, you are looking for the outcome of more clients and more money.
Why aren't you seeing this outcome?
Before you start blaming the information, the coach, or the Facebook Group, I want you to really start taking a look at...
After all the training, after setting up your recording environment, mastering your DAW, and all the classes, now it is time to actually build your business. This is a lot of work but will pay you benefits for years to come.
You see, you don't need more information. You actually need transformation for your business. You need actual steps to take that can to get you to your goal.
This is why you need to Sign up for the FREE WEBINAR. It will reveal exactly what you are missing.
Some of the things you must now learn will stretch you and sometimes even frustrate you. Depending on how strong your skill set is with technology, you will have more of a learning curve to master business development.
Business development has a few steps you must master
I have decided to to do a FREE webinar on business development.
What would it mean to you to have an actual plan to grow your voice over business?
If you are like most voice over artists you are looking for more work. Getting new clients is your #1 job as a voice actor. Finding new clients is also the hardest part of what we do.
Do you spend your days frustrated or maybe even depressed by the fact that you can’t get more voice over work? Do you watch all the big time voice actors on YouTube, read their blogs and listen to their podcasts wishing that was you?
Sadly, this is the life of most voice actors in the world. Many sell their services for less than industry standard prices and believe that is all that can do. Many voice actors are scared to value themselves appropriately. I believe that this can be due to a couple of things.
This is a quote from a person on one of my FaceBook posts. He boasts about his podcast, audiobook deals, and how he came up from nothing to be a successful voiceover. He is very adamant about how freelancers that do work on Fiverr must be unprofessional.
This fiverr debate has gone on for years now. Many in the voiceover community have stated that...
All of this is complete nonsense. It's like every other place you could find a freelancer is an answer.
Let's be honest. You can come across a lot of freelancers on fiverr that will not be able to do the work you request. This is either because...
I love this article from Edge Studio and wanted to bring it to the forefront for you. Edge studio has some great blogs and it is well worth a trip there join and to learn more.
How to sound natural: Easy, right?
May 29, 2015
If sounding natural were a no-brainer, a lot more people might read a voice-over script passably well. At least it would be good start. But as so many voice professionals know, it’s not so easy. Just watch what happens when any body, professional or not, steps up to a microphone with serious intent.
Of course, there’s more to VO performance than being able to sound natural in an unnatural situation. But it is one mark of a pro. Why is it so hard to accomplish?
Well, for one thing, there’s the well-known “My voice doesn’t sound like me” effect. Most people get used to it, but regardless, there’s often a tendency to compensate. The person tries to sound like they sound to themselves. Their voice (in their head) is...
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