Flexibility: High

Social Engagement: Medium

What’s What: Commercials and short films and podcasts, oh my! In this content-driven world, there are more voice over opportunities than ever.

Amava Take: Gone are the days when you have to be in a studio in New York or LA to be part of a produced commercial, short film or podcast. Everybody is making content – video games, PSAs, Ed-tech companies. So, if you can talk tough like De Niro or sound soothing, yet knowing like Allison Janney, voice over work could be rewarding and interesting! You can work on student films, independent or commercial projects and, who knows, your voice could go viral!

From the Front Lines:

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?

People with distinctive voices and excellent enunciation.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

Practice using a microphone and experimenting with your voice before you read for a job.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Production-driven hours.

From the Trenches:

What’s the most satisfying part of the job?

When my kids ask me to “say that line” one more time!

How would you describe the hard parts?

It’s amazing how many takes it can take just to say “I’ll take it!”

What’s the best thing you ever worked on.

I once played a superhero in a video game. Beat that!

Special Requirements: More than anything, it’s about that voice. Literacy skills are needed and some places prefer experience. Often opportunities will specifically call for a certain gender, age group or type. Here’s a video about how to become a voice actor.

Finding a Position: You can search targeted drama job boards or look into a talent platform to help you land gigs once you have some experience. Another place to look is a creative platform.