Many years ago, I took a job because I had to. I had a lot going on in my life then and my first priority was to have an income to pay my rent and put food on the table.
Now more than a decade has passed, and I’m realizing that it’s time to explore the kind of life I want to lead and not just what do I have to do to put gas in my car.
I have a dream of becoming a voice over actor. I have acting talent, but am totally untrained. I understand that voice acting is acting. I have a good voice, and I am a creative person at heart. I’ve actually cut a couple of spots that I’ve gotten paid for, and I have access to recording technology and a home studio.
I want to really, truly give this a shot. I wish I knew someone in the industry that I could talk to, ask questions of. I know I need a demo. And acting classes. What I’d love to have at some point is a mentor.
To start with, are there any voice actors on this board?
There are a lot of services out there that claim to train you and record a demo for you. How do you know who’s good? How much should I expect to pay for a professional, effective demo? Beyond that, how to parlay that into actual work?
What resources are there for researching the industry? I’d love to read up on trends and opportunities and different ways voice actors make a living. I’d be happy doing narration, or phone systems, or video games, or whatever.
Are there industry events I could attend? Is it realistic to create a career from scratch if you don’t live in LA? Or NYC? Or Chicago? Do I need an agent?
I would love to bend your ear if there’s anyone here that would be willing to give me a little guidance.