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Want to Know How to Run a Fully Remote Voiceover Business? Here’s How.

Working remotely has become synonymous with Zoom meetings and wearing pajamas, but did you know you can run a fully remote voiceover business? 

While this year has been wild for life and work for people across the globe, I’m fortunate to have been working 100% remotely for over a year as a professional Voice Actor.

Voiceover started as a side hustle for me – something I enjoyed doing in my spare time. After some pretty decent success, I decided to pursue voiceover a little more intentionally. After about six months of working on my remote voiceover business with nothing more than a USB mic, a free DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), and the internet, I decided to make my voiceover side gig my full-time gig. 

And after a little over a year in, I was running a successful, completely remote voiceover business. 

How can this be? Don’t I need a local studio I can go to for auditions and jobs? Well, my home studio is good but surely not good enough to land high paying clients? 

Actually, it is and I have. 

Over the course of my first year offering remote voiceover services, I’ve landed two national commercials, multiple regional and local TV spots, a televised documentary series, my first video game, a couple of VR simulations, radio spots, multiple corporate training gigs, explainer and promo videos for some of the world’s most well-known brands, and more. 

Here’s how I’ve managed to run a fully remote voiceover business.

1. Learn the ins and outs of the industry.

When you have zero experience, you have to start at ground one, level one. I didn’t know anything about voiceover outside of Hayao Miyazaki movies and old radio shows I’d listened to growing up, and there I was wanting to run an online voiceover business? From home, nonetheless! If I was going to take my new business seriously, I needed to know the who, what, how, and everything in between with this new industry I was jumping into. Otherwise, I was pretty much SOL.

So, for me, level one came in the form of taking a class all about the business of voiceover and another class focusing on improvisation.

I wanted exposure to the business side of what was a new industry for me, while remembering my theatrical roots with an improv class, which I highly recommend taking no matter your profession. I took both of these classes (one remote, one in person) during the same time period, which was a great decision in hindsight. This marriage of classes exposed me to both the practical and creative aspects of voiceover and helped me feel more prepared to dive into my business. 

2. Set up a professional home studio. 

Even before the pandemic, having a professional home studio setup should be the first checkbox on any professional Voice Actor’s list. What does a professional home studio entail? A good mic, usually an XLR mic, an audio interface, a professional DAW (think Audacity and Adobe Audition), and good to really good internet. 

Running a remote voiceover business takes savvy business sense to be sure, but just as important as running the business is showing up with appropriate tech and equipment to provide the best possible product for a client.

3. Practice anything and everything.

One of the most important elements of running my remote voiceover business has been to preserve my curiosity and focus on building my confidence and this has naturally happened for me in the form of auditioning for anything I can get my hands on. 

I not only want to get better at my craft but I want to continue to grow as a professional and a business owner and I can’t do either of those things without practice. Lots of practice! Remember the 10,000 hours rule? No matter your perspective on this, I believe that you can never have enough practice, and in voiceover, there’s no such thing as too many auditions. In my world, more auditions = more money = more opportunity to continue doing what I love. It’s a no brainer.

4. Connect with other industry professionals.

Connecting with other voice actors and industry professionals online has been invaluable in running my remote voiceover business. 

The internet is a fantastic tool and it’s allowed me to meet people from across the world working in the same industry. Both people I can learn from that are way more experienced than I, as well as beginner voice actors I’ve been able to speak into as they begin their own voiceover journey.

I spend a lot of time in Facebook groups and on LinkedIn, but Reddit, online forums, and podcasts also offer loads of opportunities to meet and connect with other industry professionals. 

5. Ask questions.

What’s interesting about a fully remote voiceover business isn’t that it’s literally a job I’ve done in my closet for over a year, but that it’s really just like any other job when you think about it. Even though I don’t physically leave my house, I go to work every day and have colleagues I work with on certain projects.

I say this because asking questions while working remotely as a voice actor is just as important as asking questions at any other job. We’re all learning in our own ways and at our own pace, and since I work for myself, relying on the expertise of other voice actors, coaches, directors, etc. has given me industry insights I would not have known without asking and has helped me to make better decisions in my business as a whole. 

To Wrap Up

Working remotely has its upsides and downsides, to be sure, but it’s 100% possible to run a successful, remote voiceover business just like any other online business. I’m living proof and I know many others who are as well.

No matter how you want to run your business, investing in education, getting a kick-butt home studio setup together (whatever that looks like for you), practicing, connecting with other professionals, and asking questions are just some of the ways to go about doing it. Other than that, creativity and openness go a long way in this (and any) industry as well.

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Why You Should Consider Using Pay-to-Play Sites to Grow Your Voiceover Business

In the voiceover space, there are a lot of opinions floating around when it comes to Pay to Play (P2P) sites. 

But why? And what do they even offer the solopreneur Voice Actor?

First, let’s talk about what a P2P site is. 

A Pay to Pay (P2P) site is exactly what it sounds like – a site where voice talent pay a membership fee (monthly or annually) to have access to a marketplace of auditions. 

A few of the most common P2P sites for voiceover are, Voice123, and Bodalgo. Each site offers different membership price points, but they all provide current auditions that companies from around the world post on a daily basis. 

Here’s why you should consider using Pay-to-Play Sites to grow your voiceover business.

No past experience required.

One of the essential tools in any voiceover business is having a place to audition, and one of the main pros of P2P sites is that you don’t have to have any past experience to sign up and start auditioning (you just need a voiceover demo showcasing your abilities). This allows new talent the chance to audition for jobs they otherwise wouldn’t have access to. This is huge! Especially in an industry that used to be super exclusive. It just goes to show how wide the voiceover landscape is and how it’s ever-changing.

Provides the opportunity to practice everyday.

P2P sites act as marketplaces to connect media companies, studios, agencies, and individuals with voice talent from across the globe. 

Since a vast array of industries are looking to hire voice talent for all kinds of projects from training courses, to website promo videos, to the in-store voices you hear at Home Depot and Target, and even to the commercials you see in the Super Bowl, there are lots of opportunities available to voice talent on a daily basis from a variety of sources.

Showcases current industry trends.

One of the more overlooked pros of P2P sites is that talent are viewing and auditioning for jobs that are actively airing or being shared in their respective markets (i.e. TV, internet, websites, etc.). 

Meaning, these jobs give talent an inside look into what clients are looking for and what is currently selling or reaching a particular company’s audience. Trends change across time, so it’s a great opportunity for any talent to see what’s being hired for as well as the type of styles and tones they might want to include in their demos (hint, hint).

While P2P sites offer a uniquely modern opportunity for talent of all levels across the world access to jobs, it’s important to note that P2P sites shouldn’t be the end all be all for running a voiceover business. Why? Because if those sites ever go down, every Voice Actor whose entire business is run solely on these sites will be SOL and have to start from scratch.

Here are some tips for utilizing Pay to Play sites to your business’s advantage:

1. Audition as much as possible when possible. 

Get your name and voice out there with as many potential clients as you can. 

2. Ask if you can follow up with past clients for feedback and testimonials. 

I have turned clients from into my own clients many times over due to follow up and good communication.

3. If clients give you permission to follow up, DO IT. 

This is its own tip because beginners don’t necessarily understand how valuable this is. Pay to Play sites provide you with potential client leads each and every day, which means that if you get to work with just one of them and they have a good experience with you, and they give you the chance to follow up with them (i.e. check in for more work later on) that one client could because an ongoing client time and time again outside of the platform.

4. Keep track of who’s hiring and reach out.

Again, Pay to Play sites offer an incredible amount of leads, so if you’ve auditioned for a job, down the line make a note of that person and their company info. Follow them on social, share their stuff, and maybe eventually connect on LinkedIn to see if they’re in need of your services.

To Wrap Up

If you Google ‘Pay to Play Sites’, you’ll find a ton of articles each with their own opinions on the subject, but as a Voice Actor, and especially as a business owner, you get to decide which tools you use in your business. 

A good rule of thumb is to utilize Pay to Play sites for finding work, getting paid, and adding jobs and clients to your portfolio, but Voice Actors should not rely solely on a them for their entire voiceover business (or any one avenue, for that matter). The saying ‘don’t’ put all your eggs in one basket’ applies here.

NOTE: Personally, I’ve been using Voices as a tool in my business since the beginning of my voiceover career, and it has been instrumental in growing my voiceover business since I don’t currently have an agent and am a one woman show. If you’re interested in checking out Voices in particular, you can use my promo code MELANIESINSIDER for $50 off your annual membership.