How To Get Into Voice Acting

with Kesha Monk

Anne welcomes back special guest host Kesha Monk for the second episode in the Entrepreneur Hustle series. Do you have a great voice and want to turn it into a lucrative VO career? Guess what? Voice over has very little to do with your voice, and it’s not easy money! It’s all about connecting with scripts, engaging your audience, and breathing life into words. Before you head out to buy a laptop and a mic, listen to these two bosses talk about the importance of tenacity, research, and coaching. Anne and Kesha drop some gems to help you decide if VO is your true passion.



Takeaways

Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Having a great voice is only one part of being successful in voiceover

  2. You may be surprised to hear that voiceover has little to do with your voice. It has everything to do with your ability to breathe life into a script. It’s acting. It’s about coachability, tenacity, and the willingness to work at this.

  3. You need more than a mic and a laptop to get into voiceover

  4. You shouldn’t expect to be a professional voiceover artist with only a few sessions of coaching and a quickly made demo

  5. If someone tries to lure you into voiceover by saying you can make great money quickly, run the other way

  6. Voiceover is not a quick solution to be able to work from home or make a quick dollar

  7. There is a significant investment of money required to start a voiceover business

  8. Be educated in the various genres of voiceover

  9. Commercial and animation voiceover is only a small percentage of the work available for talent

  10. There is no one set of rules on how to best do voiceover

  11. Every coach and teacher can help you to bring something unique to the copy that you can use to connect with your audience 

  12. Social media can make voice acting look super fun and easy, but these posts don’t necessarily showcase the full picture

  13. Along with investing in technology, you should also invest in proper coaching and other learning resources

  14. When you’re first starting out, invest in good coaching first before you get an expensive microphone or try to produce your own demo 

  15. Never produce your own demo

  16. Hire a coach that is actually working in the industry. A working voice actor, casting director, or agent can give you a perspective on current trends in the industry

  17. Make your reads about connecting with your listener, instead of the sound of your voice

  18. You can have the best voice in the world, but if nobody knows about it, they can’t hire you


Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++


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Transcript

>> It’s time to take your business to the next level, the BOSS level! These are the premiere Business Owner Strategies and Successes being utilized by the industry’s top talent today. Rock your business like a boss, a VO BOSS! Now let’s welcome your host, Anne Ganguzza.

Anne: Hey everyone. Welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, and I’m here with my lovely, amazing, special guest co-host, Miss Kesha Monk. Hey Kesha!

Kesha: Hola señorita and señors out there. How’s it going?

Anne: Kesha, I am so excited to talk to you today.

Kesha: Yeah, as always. I mean nothing but excitement happens whenever we get together.

Anne: So true, but you know, I really just love the fresh perspective that you bring to things. And so I know this past week you’ve been involved in a panel or two on Clubhouse about how to get into voiceover. And I’ll tell you what, I get the question so many times, “how do I get into voiceover?” And there’s lots of wonderful resources out there on how to do that, but I thought, well, why don’t we give our version of how do we get into voiceover, and what things that we think are important when first starting out, and how you can truly get in to this industry with a mind toward success.

Kesha: Yeah, let’s do it. Let’s dive in, baby.

Anne: [laughs] Well, let’s start with, let’s start with first of all, there’s so many people since the pandemic that have come to me and want to get into voiceover, because obviously they just, they heard, “I can do this from home. I’m an actor,” or I don’t know, “people have always told me” — obviously — “people have always told me I have a great voice,” and that is one of the first, foremost things that people come to us with. And what is your response to that, Kesha?

Kesha: Hmm, they have to come to grips with what this is all about. Voiceover has nothing to do with your voice. Yes.

Anne: Wait, let’s just say that again.

[both laugh]

Anne: Yeah, I’m in 100%, 1000% agreement that it really has nothing to do with your voice. But go on and explain, Kesha.

Kesha: It really has everything to do with your ability to interpret copy, script, words, bringing them to life, breathing life into the words, making them more colorful, being more connectable. It’s acting.

Anne: Yeah, yeah.

Kesha: That’s exactly what it is.

Anne: And I think it’s connecting with your audience, which acting is, right? We connect with our audience on the level that touches them, that engages them,