Business of VO – Are You Agent Ready?

So, we hate to break it to you, but…chances are – agents aren’t going to just start knocking down your door. There’s a lot you have to do before even approaching an agent and Anne and Gabby are here to break it down for you! Learn how to submit (and how NOT to submit), how you could blacklist yourself, what agents look for and more!



Takeaways

Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Make sure what you do is what the agent does!

  2. It’s a two-way street

  3. It’s all about research

  4. Make sure you’re submitting for the right reasons

  5. Agents want to see a proven track record

  6. Be careful what you post on social media. Your agents are watching!

  7. Beginners are probably not ready for major market agents

  8. DON’T CARPET BOMB AGENCIES!

  9. Agents talk amongst themselves

  10. You need them and they need you

  11. If you’re asking if you’re ready, you’re probably not

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Full Episode Transcript

VO: Today’s voiceover talent is more than just a pretty voice. Today’s voiceover talent has to be a boss, a VO BOSS. Set yourself up with business owner strategies and success with your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with some of the strongest voices in our industry. Rock your business like a boss, a VO BOSS.

Anne: Hey, guys. Before we get started on today’s episode, we want to share some bossolutions and some of the ways you can have more boss in your life.

Gabby: Many, many moons ago, I wrote a little publication by the name of “How to Set up and Maintain a Better Voiceover Business.” [laughs] This is long before —

Anne: Yes, you did.

Gabby: Yep, long before we had combined our boss powers, Ms. Ganguzza. And it is an absolute must, not only for the business basics of voiceover and to help kind of get your boss butt in gear, especially if the business side of our world has always been a little bit of a strain for you, but also it’s gonna help you with your marketing, and branding, and helping you to develop your own personal brand in voiceover.

Anne: Find out more by going to voboss.com, and then click on that shop tab. Welcome, everybody, to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my amazing VO BOSS bestie, Gabby Nistico. Hey, Gabby.

Gabby: Hey, hey!

Anne: Gabby, I just got a question from one of my students today, and I get this question a lot, and I’m sure you do too.

Gabby: Let’s do it together. You ready? This is how frequent this question is. OK, ready, so we’re gonna throw it out. Three, two, one.

Both: Am I ready for an agent?

Gabby: Yeah.

Anne: [laughs]

Gabby: So funny.

Anne: All the time.

Gabby: It’s all the time. If I had a dollar umm…yeah.

Anne: Yeah, right? [laughs]

Gabby: Holy cow.

Anne: And I know we talked about this in one of our, one of our presentations about diversifying your opportunities and having them come from multiple places.

Gabby: Yes.

Anne: And talk about the role of an agent first.

Gabby: Yes. We have talked about this, and talent agents are absolutely a viable part of a voice actor’s career, and of their portfolio, and a, and a way to get work. They’re not the only way, but they’re a very important way. But the key to it is understanding if the industry in the area of voiceover you are surveying aligns with the agent, meaning —