What does it take to really make it in voice over?
Guest Blogger: Moe Egan
That $64,000 Question takes center stage on Faff Camp’s opening night.
There is an over abundance of social media telling you just how to make it as a voiceover today, and/or how to improve your business, take it to the next level. Tweets, blogs, vlogs, Google groups; you’re following folks on Facebook, lurking on LinkedIn. The constant stream of information from smiling, happy (successful?) voiceoverists in the interwebs can make your spin.
If you’re just starting out, there’s a plethora of swell folks, who (for the right amount of money) will teach you all you need to know, pat you on the head, send you on your merry way to fame and fortune and a career in your jammie pants.
If you learned to edit on a reel to reel with a razor and a china marker- you figure you don’t need to learn anything, right? Or do you?
In an industry that’s ever changing- you can not afford to stand still- stuck in the technology, style and practices of last year, or last century. Technology, standards, practices are fluid- if you don’t stay abreast of the trends you WILL fall behind- can you afford the time and effort needed to play catch up?
If you are just entering the business, I feel for you. Granted, I have a huge case of adult ADD, but I am totally flummoxed by the constant barrage of information about voiceovers available online.
How do you possibly wade your way through this current growing jungle of content and find what works for you? Will that marketing idea work for you cause it worked for that guy in Kalamazoo? Storm the agency doors, send an intro letter and let it go, which is right? Should you focus on commercial VOs? eLearning? Audiobooks? Isn’t having a pretty voice enough? And what about P2P?
Let Faffy pull back the proverbial curtain Friday night at Faffcamp and invite you to listen in while industry experts explore just what it takes to make it in VO today, for realsies. You’ll hear from a successful working VO, Studio Owners, and post production audio engineers who’ll tell you their view from the trenches: what works today in this every changing career of ours.
- For those just starting out- it will be a realistic look at what you need to do to make your VO dream a reality.
- For working pros- it will be a great booster shot and reminder of what we need to do to keep the dream alive and the checks comin’ in.
Hosted by Peter O’Connell, VO marketing guru, blogger extraordinaire and a top shelf voice over in his own right, the panel features Fred Story, President of Concentrix Music and Sound Design; Becky Kent, Vice President of Concentrix Music and Sound Design; Ross Wissbaum, Audio Engineer of Ground Crew Studios and Brice Bowman of Earshot Audio-Post.
About the Author: Moe Egan just celebrated her nineth year as a full time voice over. Moe graduated from Skidmore College grad with a Theater major/concentration in Acting and was GM of the college radio station. She got her first VO gig at WPRO in Providence when the production manager realized the overnight chick could act. Moe spent many years in radio-copywriting and production, news and finally hosting a talk show on the NH Clear Channel Cluster. She also did stints as a PR Flack in politics and business realms. Moe lives and works in Manchester, NH, entertainment capital of the known world with her young adult children and Hurley, the Shih Tzu mix studio mutt. Clients include Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Dubai Mall (Telephony), The US Department of Education and Fidelity Investments (narration), Renewal by Anderson Windows and the BSO (commercials). Moe also has 8 audiobooks available on Audible.com with three more in the pipeline.