Special Guest: Tim Paige

We all know that Anne would marry the internet if she could. But have you met her voiceover crush? Tim Paige has been leaving Anne swooning and smitten for years. Hear all about this charmer and his podcasting origin, his rise to voiceover frame, and his incredible business brain. Tim gives us the inside scoop on how to carve your own voiceover niche and revenue stream.  He’s super talented and totes adorbs!



Takeaways

Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Tim has a background as a webinar host.

  2. Tim left a job he hated (that was very lucrative) in order to pursue a passion for podcasts.

  3. He started his own podcast, making an introduction that caught the attention of other podcasters.

  4. He started charging to create Intros, Outros and rejoins for other podcasts.

  5. To date he’s done over 1200 podcast Intros.

  6. Tim was basically performing voiceovers before he really knew the ins and outs of the industry.

  7. You don’t need to bring attention to a mistake on-mic by apologizing – just ‘pick-up’ the take.

  8. Podcast voiceovers are so new, they aren’t well understood by agents, managers and even most voice actors.

  9. Most of the jobs are a buy-out since many podcast are small and not generating money.

  10. Podcast intros aren’t a radio read but are also not conversation. They fall somewhere in the middle.

  11. Voicing for a popular podcast can lead to additional work.

  12. Tim now runs a casting company for podcast intros and creates podcast intro demos for other actors.


Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++


View Tim Paige’s Website
Recorded on ipDTL
View Rick Wasserman’s Website

Transcript

Announcer: Today’s voice over 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 you host Anne Ganguzza along with some of the strongest voices in our industry. Rock your business like a BOSS, a VO BOSS.

Anne: So Gabby, guess what?

Gabby: Mm-mm-mm?

Anne: [laughs] Guess what I’m wearing in the booth?

Gabby: Ho boy, this got me in trouble last time, so I, I don’t know. Tell us, Anne, what are you wearing?

Anne: Can you hear this? [inaudible rustling] [laughs]

Gabby: No, I hear nothing.

Anne: You know why, Gabby? Because I have —

Gabby: Why?

Anne: — a VO BOSS bracelet on.

Gabby: Ahhh. Very nice!

Anne: And it is a piece of awesome jewelry that does not make noise! I love it.

Gabby: No noise in the booth, that’s spectacular!

Anne: I love it, and every time I look at my wrist, it says “beauty, brains, BOSS.”

Gabby: People love those bracelets. People stop me, and they like grab a hold of me. People that aren’t even in voiceover, don’t even know what voiceover is. They’re like “oh my God, that’s so amazing,” and it really, it is. It’s such a powerful message we have on these.

Anne: You know what, I like to stack them, Gabby. We have them in soo many colors. I think I lost count of the colors.

Gabby: [laughs]

Anne: We have – they’re not just solid colors either. There’s solid colors, there’s half and half, and then there’s some that are kind of tie-dyed in there. Check out our BOSS bracelets on the VO BOSS website. Just go to voboss.com and click on the shop tab.

Gabby: They are super inexpensive, they make awesome gifts for your voice actor buddies.

Anne: And the holidays are coming up, Gabby, so —

Gabby: Yeah. That’s true.

Anne: They could make great gifts. So show your BOSSness, and also help support the podcast. Welcome, everybody to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my amazing, beautiful, VO BOSS bestie, Gabby Nistico. Hey, Gabby.

Gabby: Hey, hey!

Anne: [laughs] We have a guest that I’m so excited. A good friend of mine, someone that I met interestingly enough on a webinar a couple of — a few years ago, and I’ve been kind of tracking him ever since. He is an amazing voice talent, um entrepreneur, and just amazing, amazing guy that I think is going to have so much valuable stuff to share with our listeners today. I’m super excited to welcome Tim Paige to the podcast.

Tim: Hey, hey! Yeah, I hope I have something valuable to share. I mean —

Anne: Oh my goodness.

Tim: — I could like rob an antique store and bring something valuable.

Gabby: [laughs]

Tim: I don’t know.

Anne: You know, Tim, the weird place is that I met you in a webinar. And the funny thing is, is that it was a webinar not about voiceover. It was about Facebook advertising. You were hosting this webinar with Mari Smith, and I was just smitten with you from the get-go because I had never heard a better webinar host who is, I think — you sounded amazing. You were genuine, and you had, you just at the right time brought up these amazing sell points, and I thought, “wow, this guy is good.”

Tim: Thank you.

Anne: I followed you like from webinar to webinar. [laughs]

Tim: [laughs]

Anne: And then, and then I also found out that you did voiceover, and I watched your career catapult into the stratosphere. You also have done a considerable amount of work with podcasting.

Tim: Yeah, yeah. It’s been, it’s a weird kind of juxtaposition of worlds, you know, the whole combination of like marketing and voiceover, and you know all of these things, and podcasting, have all come together to create this weird career that I have now.

Anne: [laughs] It sounds a lot like mine, I think, and Gabby’s too, right, how we arrived at voiceover. Tell us a little bit about that journey.

Tim: Sure. Well so I was a professional touring musician for about seven years. Was in a pop punk band, you know we did Warped Tour. We were on TRL on MTV when that was still a thing. And had a lot of fun doing that. It kind of came to an end. I wanted to have a family. I was getting a little older, I was getting a lot more tired. [laughs] And kind of jumped from career path to career path, always having something to do with people, always in some way entertaining, but uh I came to this, I don’t know, this point in my life where I was working a job. I was making a ton of money. I hated everything about what I was doing. And I started listening to all of these podcasts, like back then it was “Smart Passive Income” with Pat Flynn, and “Entrepreneur on Fire,” and these really great entrepreneurial podcasts, learning about online marketing. And I was like, “oh, this is really fun. Ok, I’m going to learn everything I can about this.” And I dove in and I started my own podcast, which was so terrible that I have gone to great lengths to make sure you cannot find it anywhere. And the best part is it was called “The Awesome Podcast.”

[women laugh]

Tim: And so I had done that, and I was doing the show, and you know, we had like five listeners.

[women laugh]

Tim: No, there were some people listening. But one day I was like, “all right, I have this normal podcast intro” that everybody had at the time which was like big high-energy intro. I was like, “what if I made a trailer? I’m going to make a movie trailer intro.” [gets close to mic] and I got in like this, and I tried to do a movie trailer voice, which I don’t have a voice for these deep things, and I tried to do it. [normal voice] But weirdly enough, all these other podcasters started coming to me and going, “oh, will you do that for me?” And so I started just doing it for free, like doing all these intros for people. And then after a little while I was like, “mmm, there’s money here, so all right. It’s taking time. I’m gonna start charging for it.” And I started charging a little bit and a little bit more and a little bit more, and then John from “Entrepreneur on Fire” asked me to do his intro, which was a big thing for me. I told him my price, and greatest piece of advice ever, he was like, “OK, triple it, and that’s what I’m paying.”

Anne: Nice.

Tim: And I was like — yeah. I was like, “uhh, will anybody ever pay that?” He was like, “yup, here you go, here’s the money.” Did it, business exploded. Took off. I have now at this point done well over 1200 podcast intros.

Anne: Wow.

Gabby: Oh my gosh.

Tim: Yeah. So there’s, there’s a sub story here that I have to share, because I think this is so funny. I don’t know if it’s valuable, but it’s interesting. While I was doing this [laughs] while I was doing all of these intros, I would walk around the house, and we love “The Walking Dead.” We would watch it, and everybody knows that voice, Rick Wasserman, and he, you know, [impersonates] “AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’.” [normal] And I’d walk around the house doing that, and I would be like [impersonates] “I’m gonna make some dinner, ‘The Walking Dead.'”

Gabby: [laughs]