LEGIT How To Earn By Doing Voice Overs


Jun 14, 2018
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Have you ever heard that creative insult “he/she has a face for radio”? That’s right - it means the person being described is judged to be less than attractive :D But because I’m such a positive human being, I try to put a different spin on that description to make it mean that someone is actually attractive on radio...at least to the ears. So if you know how to voice act, it doesn’t really matter what kind of beauty standards other people use to measure up anymore, because chances are they’ll like the sound of your voice once they hear it, anyway.

That being said, today, we’re going to discuss how to make money from doing voice over work. It’s gotten more popular among those who have a pleasant-sounding or animated voice to use as an additional means of income. Now, it is no longer a job meant solely for radio DJs or commercial talents, but to anyone who fills the bill for clients that need them to narrate their brand in a distinctive manner.

Oh, and the really great thing about it is that you can do it in the comfort of your own home, and won’t have to travel to a recording studio for it! Are you ready to wow the world with your voice? Then read on to know how!

First, decide what kind of voice talent you want to be

It’s important to get an idea of the kind of voice over work you want to do. To do this, you must familiarize yourself with all aspects of your voice, including accents (natural and put-on for character acting or roleplaying) you can do, how “old” you can make your voice sound like (can you play the role of a child or an older person, etc?), and if you can sing, whistle, yodel, etc. The only way you can sell your voice is if you’ve gotten to know it inside-out.

Then ask yourself this: do you want to do voice overs for certain brands in commercials? Or do you like the idea of lending your voice to films, TV spots, video or mobile games, or narrating in audio books? Knowing where your strengths and passions lie and how your voice best suits certain job descriptions can really help you snag the right kind of clients and build your portfolio steadily.

Sign up with a voice over “marketplace”

The next vital step on how to become a voice actor who gets paid for gigs is to create a profile, preferably in a well-known voice over platform. This is where sites (and mobile apps) like Voices.com can be of great help to you. Basically, they match you up with clients in their vast database, who can then browse the directory of voice over talents and pick the ones that best suit their needs.

Before you get picked up for an audition though, you must first sign up, then create a profile with the kind of information that will get you noticed by potential clients. Aside from your name, gender, age, location, spoken languages, professional background, and a headshot to go with all that basic info, it’s also important to upload demo audio files to let clients know what you’re offering aurally. Think of it as providing a sampler to clients so they can have a “taste” of what you’re selling before deciding to buy the whole package!

After creating your profile, you will now be entered into Voices.com’s directory of voice actors. You can then look at job postings or have clients find you by category, age, style, accent, role, language, city, or if you have representation via a talent agency.

Determine your talent fee or rates

If you’re new to the entire voice over scene, you might be wondering “How much do voice over actors make?” It really depends on the experience, skills, and portfolio of the VO talent, but voice over actors can make at least a hundred dollars on doable projects for a variety of uses.

However, if you have no idea how to charge clients yet, Voices.com has a handy Rates and Pricing table to help you out. There is a “typical talent fee range” in US dollars categorized into broadcast (radio) for local, regional, and national markets, as well as broadcast (television) for the same kind of markets. There are also non-broadcast rates you can use as a guide if you land a client for such things as business or educational audiobooks, animation, film projects, video games, etc.

Do voice over auditions for potential clients

So what happens when a client sends you a message because they are interested in you doing a voice over audition for them? Depending on the kind of project they are proposing, you can, in turn, quote your professional rates, and if they agree to it, you can record a short part of the script they sent you right there in the comfort of your own home (yep, another sampler, so make sure it’s of topnotch quality!). Afterwards, you can send the recording back and if they like it, they will sign you up for the full project.

The verdict?

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to have a career doing voice overs, and now I have an idea. I’m really glad there are platforms and marketplaces that make it easy for VO talents to get discovered and hired by companies that need their skills and talents. Signing up for an account at Voices.com is totally free and can be done by anyone, wherever they may be in the world. This makes them legit in my book!

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Your turn!

Have you ever lent your voice talents to a paying client, and did you use an online marketplace or app for it? Please tell us all about your VO experiences so we can learn from them!

Link: https://www.voices.com/
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/voices-com/id493554377?mt=8

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Bronze Wordsmith
Jun 10, 2018
this would be super fun if you had a unique voice, but sadly I do not lol.

Ive met some women before that have cute little cartoon voices, I couldnt help but laugh, and appologize and tell them what cute little voices they had
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Aug 16, 2018
There were links given and I intend to visit those sites. Who knows we might have the chance to have a new career. Let's try our luck then.
Apparently, I did not see the provided links. I think I can try this on my free time and see the outcome. Hope you get a spot.
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Jun 14, 2018
this would be super fun if you had a unique voice, but sadly I do not lol.

Ive met some women before that have cute little cartoon voices, I couldnt help but laugh, and appologize and tell them what cute little voices they had
You would be surprised at the range of voices clients need! Some specifically look out for "unique" ones that fit in with the character or role of the script :)


Jun 14, 2018
I have to admit that, as intrigued as I was, Voices.com was still something I put in the back burner along with other side hustle jobs I was not so sure about. As with most of the comments on this thread, I don’t think mine is a unique voice, though clients of mine have described it as “pleasant” and “friendly” - which I think is something at least.

What I think really intrigued me was the list of voice actors they claim to have on the site - 200,000 voice actors! Now I know that talent works, and this site seems to have their lion’s share of it. I think.

What I found at this “marketplace” for voice over talents

Before I signed up for an account with Voices.com, I scrutinized the site thoroughly (and read up on reviews about it). Aside from calling themselves a virtual marketplace for voice talents, I was also horridly fascinated by all the brand name-dropping it had on the home page. Several studios, talent agencies, and retail companies sing their praises for this website - but honestly, it got me thinking: this is a very client-centric site. What about the voice talents themselves?

I looked over at the pricing matrix they have, the rates seem fair at first glance. However, because they are more of a marketplace than a specialized site that offers their own tried-and-tested talents, Voices.com strikes me more as a middleman type of site that simply collects fees from clients and talents alike (yes, talents pay a sort of annual fee to be able to get clients through Voices.com). Honestly, if I need to pay someone to get me a job from someone else, I’m not interested, sorry.

My verdict?

I’ve seen enough positive Voices.com reviews to have me almost swayed by the possibility of earning from it. Unfortunately, I also happened to read a couple of detailed reviews from former talents bemoaning how Voices.com clients suddenly had a noticeably sharp decrease in budget for talents. The site, however, seems to be perfectly satisfied with their capacity as a middleman and collecting their fees without satisfactorily addressing the issues brought up against them. I would rather do an actual voice over audition than be dismayed by the potential loss of profit on this site.

Sorry, Nick!


Rookie Wordsmith
Jun 13, 2018
Don’t laugh at me, but I used to act in TV advertisements when I was a kid. I appeared in mostly food commercials, given my, er, chunky appearance. But when I hit puberty, I had to face the fact that my looks weren’t exactly TV-friendly.

Which is what brought me to voice acting. It was a suitable gig for me. I didn’t have to maintain six pack abs (not that I ever had six pack abs, but hey). And since I was already dealing with clients in real life, I already had the natural knack for speaking.

While I’m still partial to working with traditional talent agencies, voices.com does give talented voice actors a boost. That’s because the site expands your range. Instead of just working with local agencies, suddenly the whole internet is a potential client.

The downside to this, of course, is that the scene can get ultra-competitive. Things were already competitive, but it’s even more competitive now. June mentioned in her own voices.com review that the site has over 200,000 members. That’s a lot of people jockeying for the top projects.

To help you build a rewarding voice acting career, here are a few tips:

- Start at the bottom. You won’t get a role in the next Pixar film right away (or ever), so you’ll have to take some non-glamorous projects first. When I started, I did some generic radio station IDs, welcome messages for customer support lines, and audio messages played at the mall (“Dear customers, Nowheresville Mall is closing in 15 minutes. Please wrap-up your shopping.”). None of which is particularly exciting, but one project did lead to another.

- Build a portfolio. So keep taking projects, and eventually you’ll have a kick-ass portfolio. Once you’ve built a decent portfolio, you can start specializing… and charging more. Remember, in the voice-over industry, the more you’ve worked, the more you can charge (within reason, of course).

- Build a network. And once you’ve built a great portfolio, chances are you would have also built a good network of repeat customers. I think voices.com is great for building your network, and that’s why I easily recommend the site, even with all the other people competing for projects.

- Don’t quit your day job. There are some voice actors who make a killing doing this sort of work. But they’re like the upper 5%. For the rest of us, we still have to maintain some type of regular employment. But that wasn’t meant to discourage you. You can still make good money as a voice actor, even without becoming an industry giant.

Good luck! Hope you guys get some cool jobs through voices.com :)