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How many of you would love an excellent job in gaming?? I’m a freelancer by nature so, I’m used to looking for gigs a bit outside the box. In fact, that’s how I found this incredible opportunity with Saljack Enterprises!
Big thanks to Saljack for believing in me! Teamwork makes the dream work!
Recently, I have come across some gigs for voice actors. So I thought I’d share the info I have discovered and let you in on some of my secrets for success. I’m hoping this helps those of you that are interested in working in the gaming industry… I’m here for you friends! A super way to break into the gaming scene is to become a voice actor. Yes, this job is real, and voice actors are actually in high demand. Here’s my advice for beginning your search and finding the best opportunities out there…
Games these days are more realistic than ever. Characters are loaded with personality and have some very real dialogue… that being said.. voice actors are essential. A voice actor has the chance to bring character’s to life, making them feel all the more real to us. Some games even use facial recognition so that the emotions of the character are genuine.
The first thing you want to think about before diving into the voice actor scene is… Do you really have the right voice for it? We must all be honest with ourselves from the get go… Having goals is important but so is being realistic. Second thing… Can you act? Voice acting is still acting. You’ve still gotta have the chops for it. No doubt. Maybe even more so… we can say a lot with our facial expressions but, one would think it may be harder if your work is based on your voice alone. That dialogue must be full of feeling and emotion to get your point across to your audience so keep that in mind and practice… practice… practice! We are never done learning or perfecting our craft.. we must keep evolving and growing no matter what we do.
Next, you must create a demo! When applying for these jobs, you need a different sort of resume. They will want to see what you’ve got right from the get-go. If you have what they are looking for, they will be able to tell right away based off your demo. This also shows professionalism, which is what they look for when hiring. A little sample of what you have to offer is always good, and it also lets them know you’re serious.
Now, you may be wondering if you need an agent. The truth is… an agent may bring you more opportunities but, you are what seals the deal. You can do this on your own even without paying an agent.. it is very possible, you just need to know where to look for these types of gigs. No need to pay someone to do a job you can do yourself. Now, maybe after landing a gig or two you might want to find representation but, you can surely start out on your own.
Upwork.com is a great place to look for gigs. There are a ton of freelancer sites that strictly post jobs just like this. Believe it or not. Craigslist.com is another great way to find out of the ordinary kind of employment. Or simply Google it, you’d be surprised what jobs will come up…. And, no matter what you do or what site you look on, make sure the gig is legit. Make sure the gig really is what you’re looking for. This is life, my friends… always keep your guard up but, this is the freelancer’s way. Eventually, you will be able to sniff out a scam from a mile away… no problem. It takes time but, you’ll get the hang of things. No worries!
Before even looking for gigs make sure you have all the right equipment… first thing you will need is a good microphone. The first video found below talks explains more about the equipment needed and the best buys for beginners…
This video features Jason McCoy, and this is the first of 5 videos he has made on the topic… So be sure to follow all 5 for all his tips and tricks for breaking into the industry…
Big Thanks to Jason for making such informative videos… Nothing like getting advice from a pro. Getting all the information from someone who is in the biz already is so useful!!
I hope this blog finds those that are looking to get into voice acting but weren’t quite sure how to do it. Let me know your thoughts… I love your feedback!
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