My Exciting First 18 Months of Voiceover

I’m on the voiceover road and I’m loving every minute of it.

During the last 18 months I’ve been on a new journey which has involved me moving from employee to self-employed or freelancer. Now I knew at the beginning of this journey what I wanted to do, but I didn’t know what I didn’t know, or what I needed to do to try and get there. I’ve since learned there’s a LOT to do!  It’s been a learning curve and I’ve still got a mountain to climb.  However I’m excited about where the road is heading.

Things I’ve learned are that you should never give up even if you’ve had some sleepless nights because that will guarantee you won’t get to where you want to be and that you should plug away at it each day.  I’m not gonna lie I’ve had many days over the last 18 months where I’ve felt completely overwhelmed.  I was a complete newbie to social media so I’ve had to learn how to use LinkedIn and I’ve been trying to post content regularly though not always succeeding.  Time management is another important aspect of running a business that I’m learning and I’m wearing many, many, many hats!  As well as the performance and editing aspects there’s marketing, networking, bookkeeping, accounting and content creation to do amongst other things on the endless list.

One of the first things to do when recording a voiceover is to decide who you’re talking to.  Steven my childhood teddy steps into this role quite a lot!

Voiceover! The wonderful world of voice over.  I love it.

That was my goal.  Whilst I was still working as an employee, I’d started to explore the world of voiceover after reading the ‘A Day in the Life of’ article in The Stylist magazine on voiceover artist Rachael Naylor founder of The Voiceover Network back in 2014. The article literally made me stop what I was doing and spoke to me at my core. It truly resonated and I immediately started to research the voice world. This led to me taking my first workshop with The Showreel called ‘Intro to VO workshop.’

That morning when I was getting ready to go, I felt extremely nervous. I didn’t know how many people would be on the workshop, how experienced they were, if they were complete newbies like me, if I’d be any good or if I’d be really shy. I was full of anxiety and a little bit scared. However, I’m so glad I went. It’s so true, those things that frighten us a little bit, we should just do anyway because we might find we actually ‘love the thing’ or we’re actually good at it and who knew?

In front of the mic on that first workshop with The Showreel, I was in my element. I was hooked and knew that this was what I should be doing. But how to do it? What did I need to do? Who do I need to speak to? What training do I need? How much will it cost etc, etc? So many questions. Thankfully there’s a lot of information out there but sometimes that can be a bad thing. Who are the reliable resources? Who should I train with? How do I know I’m getting any better?

One of the first things I learned from the reading I did and the small bit of training I’d had at that point was that voice over is acting so acting lessons were probably a good place to start.

I’ve always had a love for performing and had shown an interest in acting as a child when I wrote to the BBC requesting an audition to be in Grange Hill.  I didn’t get one as I wasn’t at stage school but the producer sent me a letter back which I loved.  I started acting lessons in my early 40’s which I absolutely loved and eventually took a Masters in Acting whilst I was still working and a year-long Total Meisner Acting course in 2021 with The Salon Collective.

So, that’s where I started and I’m still very much at the beginning of my journey but I’m just going to keep going, one day at a time.

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