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In recent years, the number of people pursuing a voice over career has increased dramatically. The prevalence of computers, digital audio technology, and online casting sites are all factors. There are aspects of a voice over career that appeal to many people: creativity, independence, and, perhaps, fame.

A career in voice over can be interesting and fulfilling. However, it is important to understand the amount of time and effort it takes to see even modest success. Voice over requires training, discipline, and perseverance. For most people, it takes approximately 10 years of constant effort before the work is steady and there is no guarantee the work will ever be steady.

Voice over work requires certain technical expertise. It is necessary to use computers, audio software, and audio hardware (e.g., microphones, pre-amps) to perform the work.

Here are some questions to ask yourself if you are considering embarking on a career in voice over:

  • Why does voice over appeal to me? What are the specific aspects of the job I find attractive?
  • Do I have the time and resources available to take training classes or work with a coach?
  • Am I comfortable with technology? Am I willing to learn the technology necessary for the job?
  • What is my timeline for success? Is it realistic?

These questions are not meant as a deterrent. Instead, they should provoke thought and help one understand what is necessary to move forward in the pursuit of voice over work.

Embarking on a new career is challenging and exciting! Being prepared and pragmatic can help create a path to success.

Did you know Pi Day (March 14) started in 1988? The date was chosen because the first three digits of pi are 3.14. March 14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday, so that’s a fun coincidence.

It seems like it’s gotten more popular in the age of the Internet. People who never cared much for or about math will happily post pi memes on Pi Day. I think that’s great. If it brings some positive attention to math and math topics, I’m all for it!

If you’d like to know why pi is NOT equal to 22/7, watch this short video:


The trend in commercial voice-over these days seems to be “natural, real, conversational, unpolished.” I put those words in quotation marks because I see them all the time in casting specs and I say “seems to be” because in spite of all this direction to be real and not sound like a polished voice talent, I hear a lot of commercial voice-over that doesn’t really fit these specs.

Often what passes for real and natural sounds, to me, more like a flat announcer read. Sometimes, it seems that lack of inflection is being interpreted as natural. I don’t know anyone who ACTUALLY talks like that. Most people speak with inflection. Interestingly, I’ve seen a few casting specs recently that say something like, “Although we want a natural read, don’t make it flat. Please have some inflection.”

There are still plenty of announcer and radio DJ-style reads out there. I hear them all the time. Probably because they’re effective. They may be out of favor and sound dated to some people, but some things just work.