VO-BB - A VO Family Forum Index VO-BB - A VO Family
Pop Filters No Longer Required
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Let 'em roll! -Top Voiceover career tips for 2022

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    VO-BB - A VO Family Forum Index -> Chat
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Philip Banks
Je Ne Sais Quoi


Joined: 20 Jun 2005
Posts: 10865
Location: Portgordon, Scotland

PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2022 3:40 am    Post subject: Let 'em roll! -Top Voiceover career tips for 2022 Reply with quote

How do you sustain yourself financially as a voiceover? The top 3 are 1st Have a wealthy spouse/partner 2nd Have a property portfolio 3rd have a current ATPL.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Bruce
Boardmeister


Joined: 06 Jun 2005
Posts: 7657
Location: Portland, OR

PostPosted: Sat Jan 01, 2022 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the latter you’d certainly be in demand these days!

A happy, healthy, and prosperous new year to you, Philip!



B
_________________
VO-BB Member #31 Enlisted June, 2005

I'm not a Zoo, but over the years I've played one on radio/TV. .
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
speakingofmike



Joined: 05 Oct 2021
Posts: 3

PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2022 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've been getting by with my day job and wife's income. Others I know waited until their VO income matched their day job, then they made the switch over to full-time VO. Long story short, they don't say "starving actor" for nothin'. Life's easier with a partner of some kind, even if it's just to share the rent expense while single.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
todd ellis
A Zillion


Joined: 02 Jan 2007
Posts: 10250
Location: little egypt

PostPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2022 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a spouse with a cadillac health plan helps loads, although you have to plan this sometimes 30 or more years in advance, bear her children, paint the laundry room, etc, etc ... but it's mostly worth it.

i quit the corporate gig when i realized that i was losing money by not being at home working.
_________________
"i know philip banks": todd ellis
who's/on/1st?

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
ConnieTerwilliger
Triple G


Joined: 07 Dec 2004
Posts: 3356
Location: San Diego - serving the world

PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2022 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the "lucky" ones here...

Got a union part-time live announcing gig at a local TV station making more than I was making when I was floor directing there full-time. And because I didn't sound like an announcer, I was getting lots and lots of TV and radio spots through the station, which led to getting the best local agent in town, which led to being a "top voiceoverist" in my community of San Diego in the 80's and early 90's (well, except for my arch competition Bobbin Beam).

This work paid the bills, but I used my extra time (I only worked 2 evenings a week 4 to 11 or so) to free lance as a producer/writer and on-camera talent. * (See below for related story)

After moving to a full-time production position at a major defense contractor for about 9 years, where I wore all my hats,,.producer/writer/talent...my free lance voiceover work dried up locally. When they closed the company here in SD in 1994 or so, I had to rebuild my voiceover biz.

That time, I used my free lance producing and writing to carry the day until I was able to build back the VO work. That involved hand-coding a website and getting online with my 2 domains in 1996. Investing in ISDN. Joining the P2Ps, sending out monthly newsletters, cold-calling, etc. etc. I also created and taught an Intro to VO class at City College - which when I first started was just another small source of income.

I am very grateful I never had to go out of my media production community to make $ to pay the bills. But I would have if needed.

** (Here's the story) Funny story - around the time the CA Lottery started, I had just left my 2-day a week job at the TV station and was trying to make it as a free lance producer - before the full-time production job landed in my lap. I was very worried about paying my mortgage at the end of about 6 months and was seriously considering asking my father for some cash. I did not end up having to ask him, but I did not play the lottery for many many years. Here is the way my mind thinks. IF I had borrowed money and IF I had spent if on some lottery tickets and IF I had won, I would be so ashamed that I had spent his money on lottery tickets.

The full-time job appeared just as I was about to start looking for other options.
_________________
Playing for a living...
www.voiceover-talent.com
YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/connieterwilliger
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Moe Egan
4 Large


Joined: 11 Sep 2006
Posts: 4299
Location: Live Free or Die

PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2022 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Late to this thread, but you are correct as usual, Mr. Banks. I've written and deleted a dozen responses about the well heeled hobbyists parading as professionals. Best left deleted, but they do get stuck in my craw. However...

If I may blow my own horn- this is what I am unabashedly most proud of in my journey as an Officially Accredited Voiceoverist (replete with pin); that I raised 3 kids as a single mom doing voice work full time. And I put 2 of 'em through college with just my voice- no help from Captain Fabulous (the ex). One kid did get a sweet scholarship, but I still had to fly them back and forth cross country and buy books, lots of books. Not gonna lie, some weeks and months were hard, are hard (lookin at you covid).

Liz and I have a running joke- if we have a light week work-wise, we say to each other, "Well, it's still better than radio pay", and on the weeks where it seems everything that could go wrong DOES go wrong, "At least no one can fire me!". Prior to this, I've never had a job longer than 3 years (radio), I'm coming up on my 18th anniversary.

To answer your question, how do I sustain myself as a voiceover? I have no idea. Seriously, I have no idea what I'm doing. I am a professional bumble bee. Aerodynamically, they shouldn't be able to fly- but they do. Same here. Rolls Eyes Money Mouth
_________________
Moe Egan
i want to be the voice in your head.
~~~~~
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
todd ellis
A Zillion


Joined: 02 Jan 2007
Posts: 10250
Location: little egypt

PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2022 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
I have no idea. Seriously, I have no idea what I'm doing.


moe - i remember having this exact conversation with you on a bus to a crappy vegas hotel in 2007. i'm STILL in the same boat my friend.
_________________
"i know philip banks": todd ellis
who's/on/1st?

Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Moe Egan
4 Large


Joined: 11 Sep 2006
Posts: 4299
Location: Live Free or Die

PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2022 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kiss
_________________
Moe Egan
i want to be the voice in your head.
~~~~~
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    VO-BB - A VO Family Forum Index -> Chat All times are GMT - 7 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group