Morgan at a live announcer gig.
Whether you’re just getting started in your career or whether you need a little extra something to supplement your time, income or experience, there are some overlooked opportunities that a lot of voice actors may not be aware of. Some are paid and some are just for a good cause.
Live announcing: There are a ton of live announcer jobs out there. Schools, clubs and companies have award shows, fashion shows, recognition shows and so on. These gigs pay pretty well, too and it takes very little of your time and effort. Most of the time, people will discover you by searching locally for a voice actor because they have a need in your area, so a website with good SEO is very important for this. However, it’s also good to be proactive and do your own Google search. Try not to search ‘live announcing jobs’. Search something like, “Award shows”, “Recognition shows”, “Conferences” and so on and then contact them and politely offer your services. Who knows, maybe they’ll want you for other things besides just live announcing, you just never know!
Non-profit: Non-profit organizations do have a need for a voice actor, but most of the time they don’t have the budget, so they won’t reach out. They’ll usually just find a current employee to do their phone system and such. Call them and offer your voice acting services at no cost to them. They’re always doing campaigns, videos, radio ads and so on. Look for non-profits in your city first, then expand outwards to your state, then national. Make sure you stay up to date with them because non-profits get busy and can forget about you, especially if they’ve never worked with you before.
Meetup.com: Do you realize how many people with voice acting needs go to meetup.com meetups? TONS! Try to attend meetups that are based around business people networking, but there are opportunities everywhere. Get out there and mingle! Talk to people about what you do and how you can help. But of course, get to know their business, too. Get their business cards, find them online and keep in touch with them via social media so that you stay top of mind to them. Not everyone is ready to jump in and hire a voice actor, because it’s not a NEED for a lot of businesses, but over time, they’ll realize certain tasks that are necessary only for a voice actor.
Chamber of commerce: The chamber of commerce themselves usually don’t have a whole lot of opportunities for voice actors, however, the people at their chamber of commerce meetings (people who own businesses), DO have a need. These meetings happen often and you don’t have to be a member in order to enjoy a couple meetings and network with people. Just like above with meetup.com, get their business cards, find them online and keep in touch with them via social media so that you stay top of mind.
Website designers: Website designers meet a ton of different types of businesses all the time. There’s great opportunity to partner up with a website designer and have them gently suggest to their clients about your services. Not only do you have opportunity for phone systems, videos, etc, but there’s also website introductions and maybe even a podcast or even their radio ads. You never know! When contacting website designers, CALL them. Don’t email. When you email, it’s just more spam in their inbox, EVERYONE sends emails, stand out from the rest and give ‘em a call. Setup a meeting to chat, connect with them via social media, etc.
You may or may not get gigs immediately from the above networking opportunities, but the point is, that you’re getting out there to your local businesses and letting them know that you exist.
Be sure that you’re staying on top of them, in the sense that you shouldn’t just introduce yourself at a networking event and then never talk to them again. Connect with them on social media, send them a thank you note for the great conversation, send them an audio greeting through email and so on. Stay top of mind! If you don’t get a gig directly from them, they may know someone who needs a voice actor.
There are opportunities everywhere, now go out and explore them!
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