Anne and Gabby have both gotten tons of questions from students looking for a new or second career. A popular one is… “Am I Too Old for VO?” You may have wondered the same thing or are worried if there’s a certain age that you’ll have to “retire”. Well, the bosses are here to give their two cents and share what trends they’re seeing in the vo industry related to age.
Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:
Consider the market you’re going for
Be realistic. Your age could play a factor in what you’re cast for.
You need to understand technology to flourish, but if you don’t you can always hire someone!
Your actual age and vocal age could be WAY off!
Your voice does change
You can be a boss at any age!
Chances are some of your previous work skills can apply to VO
If this is a side thing for you, then it might not be worth it.
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Anne: Ok now, let’s get on with today’s episode. Welcome, everybody, to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host Anne Ganguzza along with my VO BOSS bestie, Gabby Nistico. Hey, Gabby, how are you?
Gabby: Hello! I’m fantastic. I have a question for you though.
Anne: Oh? [laughs]
Gabby: I’m really worried about this.
Anne: [laughs] What, Gabby?
Gabby: Am I too old to do voiceover?
Anne: [laughs] Oh my goodness, Gabby. You know, that’s funny. You know what, that’s actually a good question because I get asked that quite a bit.
Gabby: I know. So do I, and I’m poking fun, but I’m doing it, you know, we’re doing it in a lighthearted way. I’m actually stunned by how often I get asked this. And I have people who come to me, you know, in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, yes, I’ve even had a handful of students up into their 70’s, and it’s always the same thing. “Am I, am I too old? Am I too old to enter this market? Am I too old to start over? Am I too old for a new career?”
Anne: What a good question.
Gabby: So let’s explore.
Anne: Let’s explore. Well, personally, I don’t think anyone’s too old. I think that you have to, you have to really consider though the market, and how much effort you want to put into the market, and your career at, at whatever age you happen to be thinking about voiceover. I think that that’s really important.
Gabby: It is. I also think you have to temper expectations and be realistic.
Gabby: Because your age could play a factor in the types of jobs that you’re cast for, or the types of things that you’re suitable for.
Gabby: But I mean, you know, my thing on this is a personal perspective — so, growing up, I was the kid with older parents, much older. Sometimes people assumed that my folks were actually my grandparents. That has always kind of warped or twisted my sense of things like that because my parents were so much older than I, you know, I remember being in my 20’s, and like my friends were getting married and having kids, and I would be like, “oh my God. We are too young for that. What are you doing?”
Gabby: “Why, why in the world are you doing that right now? That, that, that’s crazy!” I got married much later in life myself as a result, and because I’ve always kind of how this, this thought process of like, we do have something of a luxury of time. You know, just 50 is not the end of anybody’s world.
Anne: Oh goodness, no.
Gabby: I mean, come on!
Anne: I, I’m, I’m going to say one of the biggest issues I think with maybe some older voiceover students is their uh adoption of technology, if I can say that.
Anne: You really, really have to understand technology, and you have to be, you have to be kind of technologically adept in order to really flourish and —
Anne: And succeed in this career, and I think that some people who are, are older may or may not be, you know, as technologically adept as they, as they could be. But I’m always suggesting, you know, you need to go take a course. [laughs]
Anne: You know, and, and make sure that you’re really familiar with the Internet, and the computer, and you can attach files, and you can edit audio files, and that is, that is a big component.
Gabby: There’s…yeah. There’s often a good bit of resistance from older generations —
Gabby: To learn new technology, but there are so many resources. There are so many classes and courses available, and then, you know what? I, I have friends now, you know, who, whose grandparents are like in their 80’s, and you know, they’re on Facebook, or they’re using, you know, social medias and email. And I think that’s frickin’ wonderful. And if they can do it, so can anybody else.
Anne: I agree. And you know what? Here is the other thought. Well, if you are not that great at technology, or you hate technology, and I would just, I would offer this advice to anybody, um hire somebody to do it for you. [laughs]
Gabby: Yeah. Yeah.
Anne: So you know, that could be a luxury.
Gabby: There’s always a smart, savvy workaround.
Gabby: Now, let’s talk a little bit about the performance side of this.
Gabby: So, vocally speaking, I think this is a really critical thing for anyone who is questioning this. “Am I, am I too old for voiceover? Am I too old to do this?” Here is really what it comes down to. You have to have someone, whether it be a coach, uh another voice actor, someone you can trust, assess your vocal situation —
Gabby: For what I call your vocal age.