#VOnow — It may not be the World Series, but it is the end of this Voiceover Series

Thank you for joining me on this journey. Like the classic Russian Dolls, over the past few months we’ve uncovered layer upon layer of voiceover topics to discuss. If you want to refer back to any particular issue, or pay forward any insights you gleaned here, this synopsis will help you find what you’re looking for.

How Do I get started as a Voiceover Artist?

This was my introduction post to the #VOnow series. Here is where I began to share my ideas on what it takes to be a Voiceover artist today. I also included a link to a quiz so that you could find out how fit you are for the VO world.

Do I need Coaching to be a Voiceover Artist?

Next I touched on the harsh fact that a good voice isn’t enough. Therefore, you have to hone in on the details of what kind of voiceover work you would like to be doing. To help, I shared my favorite VO coaches and workshops, from around the country, with you.

As a Voiceover Artist, where do I record? What do I need?

From microphones, hardware and software to sound engineers and treated recording environments, here is where I discussed the ins and outs of what you’ll need for a career in the voiceover industry.

As a Voiceover Artist How Much Should I Practice?

Practice makes perfect, so let’s get to work! If you want to learn different exercises to flex your muscles and grow as a VO artist, the fourth #VOnow post is where I offered tips and secrets on how to stay sharp.

Recap with a Look Ahead. Plus a 1st Place Documentary

In this, my 5th blog post for the #VOnow blog, I recap what came before and look into the future of what will ultimately have been a 17-part series. This post also featured a short video of Martinu’s Muse, a documentary I narrated which won 1st place in the iPhone film festival.

Pillow Talk- It’s Not What You Think

I travel a lot, and if you’re lucky, so will you. But that doesn’t mean work has to stop. If you want to tame any space, read this entry and you’ll learn how to adapt to your recording environment. I also share my remote recording experiences in Scotland and Italy. :-)

As a Voiceover Artist How Do I Get My Business Started?

When I started Debbie Irwin Voiceovers I had the same questions as you, and I’m still learning. That said, clear your head of myths and read this blog post if you want to get some advice on effective networking and tips that can help you get business.

As a Voiceover Artist How Do I Build My Business Infrastructure?

There’s more to business than getting new business. In this entry you’ll find some valuable tips on how to build and organize your VO business from your social media presence to client relationship management. I also recommended a variety of accounting software progams to help you get your finances in order.

In the Voiceover Industry, which is better: “Big Fish Little Pond” or the way around?

One thing I’ve learned is that, in the competitive world of Voiceovers, it’s difficult to stand out. That’s until I learned how to market myself by being...me. So if you want some unique tips on how to help people ‘get who you are’ as easily as possible, this post is for you.

Branding for Voiceover Artists

Marketing is more than marketing. It’s everything, including branding. In this post I shared tips and insights on how to brand yourself. I also gave an in-depth explanation of my brand and how it’s been built.

The Rebranding of Debbie Irwin Voiceovers

For this entry I asked Moises Morales (my Integrated Marketing Communications and Graphic Design Intern) to offer insights into the rebranding of Debbie Irwin Voiceovers. You can read about the three C’s of branding, and what he had to say about the rebranding process here. Plus, learn how to make sure you and your brand are recognizable and memorable.

Is Tracking Important for VO Artists?

Remember, you’re always ‘on’ stage. As for Debbie Irwin Voiceovers, we’re squarely in the marketing stage...but is it working? Learn which industry tracking tools are best for knowing whether or not your content is reaching the people you are targeting, and if your brand is effective in this #VOnow blog post.

Voiceover Demos

Having a proper representation of your voice and its versatility is key to success. Does your demo truly represent you? Me? I have multiple demos. With this entry I help you figure out the do’s and don’ts of demos and how to make sure you are showcasing yourself properly.

Voiceover Auditions

Numbers don’t lie. Here I share my audition numbers with you, as well as explain how you can audition for projects that suit you as well as ones that challenge you. I also share tips on how you can organize your audition stats and see what your booking ratio is, and you’re booking the most.

How Do You Know What Your Voice is Worth?

Don’t sell yourself short! Stand tall! Here are some tips and food for thought on how to decide a base rate for your voice, and negotiate a fair rate for yourself and your clients in order to foster a healthy and happy long-term working relationship.

Voiceover Money

Money, money, money, moooney, money! Do you have a hold on your finances? Before ending the #VOnow series I wanted to help you get a better understanding of the flow of funds by sharing some of my experiences negotiating projects. I also offered some insights from well-known people on how to navigate the tricky field of talking about money.

 

I hope this series helped you and your voice #BeHeard... Just Sayin’! Now that you've read all these topics and tips for succeeding in VO, I’d like to hear from you. What are some of the best pieces of advice you’ve ever received? Share and share alike! 

The #VOnow Series is a comprehensive 17-part guide on how to build your Voiceover talent and business in today’s Voiceover Industry. Since many things have changed in the last few years due to more accessibility and the Internet, it is important to understand that the old ways of making it as a Voiceover Artist will not cut it anymore. #VOnow explores a wide variety of topics from auditioning and recording, to negotiating and finances in the modern VO industry — topics that both veterans and amateurs often need help with — presented in a clear, concise and compelling manner.