How to Make Money with Your Voice Online

Do you have a decent microphone and a unique voice? Have you considered possibly giving voiceover work a try? There are many ways to make money with your voice online, and most of them don’t even require you to leave your home at all.

First, this isn’t a good idea for everyone. It is harder than it looks to master the vocal tone required to grab the interest of the audience and accomplish whatever it is your voice is needed to accomplish. Voiceover actors rarely make big bucks (though they certainly can) doing contract work here and there. If you’re dedicated, and your voice has a quality that casting agents are looking for – you may be able to make money on the side as a voiceover actor (or actress).

You also need to invest in some decent recording equipment. A standard USB microphone might not be enough to capture the rich tones and create a true representation of your natural voice. The WAV files you send in need to be as clear as possible of any background noise or distortion cheaper setups can create. A prosumer or professional-grade condenser microphone, USB or FireWire interface, and sometimes a mixer should be considered to allow you to capture rich, vibrant sounds.

Alright, so you’ve got your equipment in place and you’re ready to start getting jobs? Well, you could find a talent manager and pay them to manage your career (maybe getting you a job, or maybe not). You could also start working now and build up your resume through a few methods online.

oDesk
oDesk is a service offered online to help people find freelance workers in a hurry to fill certain business needs. Companies or individuals needing help with a website, businesses looking for extra members of a remote development team, data entry services, content-driven sites, and agencies looking for voice talent regularly use oDesk to find the right person for the job, quickly. You can post your resume, portfolio, and link to some samples of your voice as you apply for various positions posted on the site. Once hired, your time and/or fees are all paid through oDesk which, in turn, pays you. This service is a quick way to find work, but it does have its downsides. For one, you aren’t likely to find long-term jobs here. This is primarily a site that helps companies find people to work on specific tasks for short periods of time. If you happen across the right employer, you may have further opportunities, but that isn’t the norm.

Classifieds
Another way to find voiceover work online is through a more traditional online classified system such as Craigslist. This can be a great way to find local employers and increase your chances of finding long-term employment. Radio stations, advertising agencies, and other media-related companies are often looking for voiceover talent.

Volunteer
Do you know of a podcast or show that could use some voiceover work for a frequent segment? Voiceover actors and jingle writers often submit free content to high-profile podcasts on the off chance that they might start using the contributed work. This is one way to build your portfolio without having to go through the frustrating process of tireless interviews and low-profile jobs. This shouldn’t be a primary strategy, but it could help you on your way to something great. Believe it or not, some of the best-known podcasts on the web are using jingles and voiceovers they picked up from emerging artists using this very strategy. Who knows, they may pay you to for more content down the line themselves.

4 thoughts on “How to Make Money with Your Voice Online”

  1. I wrote a question on the YouTube page for this video, but I figure I’ll ask here as well, and if possible, I’d like to direct the question to Elana – but not limit it to her as I’m willing to accept sound advice from anyone.

    While I understand oDesk is a great way to offer yourself as a temp for a small job here and there, as a striving voice-over artist with no professional experience, what would win an employer or individual over to hiring you?  If you have no professional experience – thus no samples of your previous work – what can you do to make a good first impression?

    For example, my girlfriend would LOVE to get into the voice acting/voice over business, even if it’s not a career, it is a dream of hers that she would do anything to achieve.  If she wanted to record her voice to create a ‘demo’ of sorts, what should she do or say?  I have the studio, but I don’t typically write that kind of material.  Most clients come in with their material in hand prior to the recording session.

    Any advice that I could pass on would be great.

  2. I wrote a question on the YouTube page for this video, but I figure I’ll ask here as well, and if possible, I’d like to direct the question to Elana – but not limit it to her as I’m willing to accept sound advice from anyone.

    While I understand oDesk is a great way to offer yourself as a temp for a small job here and there, as a striving voice-over artist with no professional experience, what would win an employer or individual over to hiring you?  If you have no professional experience – thus no samples of your previous work – what can you do to make a good first impression?

    For example, my girlfriend would LOVE to get into the voice acting/voice over business, even if it’s not a career, it is a dream of hers that she would do anything to achieve.  If she wanted to record her voice to create a ‘demo’ of sorts, what should she do or say?  I have the studio, but I don’t typically write that kind of material.  Most clients come in with their material in hand prior to the recording session.

    Any advice that I could pass on would be great.

    1. I would find some subject that interests me, and from there make a small demonstration video that shows how well i can bring a subject to life (like an “Epipheo”. Youtube it.). I would say, in my own modest opinion, simply find a subject that you like and show how well you can make that subject interesting to the listener. Write something that can clearly demonstrate your speaking style and flow of words in total: In all, show them (a potential client) what kind of vocal person you are, and how your voice and style can really bring their project or product to fruition.

    2. I would find some subject that interests me, and from there make a small demonstration video that shows how well i can bring a subject to life (like an “Epipheo”. Youtube it.). I would say, in my own modest opinion, simply find a subject that you like and show how well you can make that subject interesting to the listener. Write something that can clearly demonstrate your speaking style and flow of words in total: In all, show them (a potential client) what kind of vocal person you are, and how your voice and style can really bring their project or product to fruition.

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