Ask me what got me into being a voice-actor, and I’d tell you “AudioBooks”.
It seemed like a perfect fit for me. I was interested in it, and pursued it whole-heartedly for about 5 years.
I ended up narrating some 40 titles, attended APAC twice, was a beta tester for ACX, blogged interviews with its CEO, Jason Ojalvo, hung out with other narrators at meet-ups, signed with notable publishers, and sought the best coaches.
I made it work… but in the end, I turned my attention away from it. Why? Lots of little messages and one big reason. At the heart is the fact that I don’t listen to audiobooks. Almost never. I don’t have the time nor the patience. I don’t drive enough to get through even one chapter-at-a-time in my truck. When I do drive, I don’t listen to ANYTHING. Not music, not Pandora, not the radio. Driving to and from my job at the TV station is some of the only quiet time I get in the day.
So how could I expect to be a true success in a medium that I don’t patronize?…that I don’t study?…in which I don’t worship the greats? In the few instances where I’ve sat down to MAKE myself listen to audiobooks, I ended up critiquing the narrator to death! I know too much about the process to just enjoy the story. I listen too critically to the talent doing their work; maybe because I’m bitter at all the years I spent working in vain at audiobooks, only to learn a costly, timely lesson.
I feel the same way about podcasts. Who has the time to listen to this stuff? I certainly don’t. I have no idea what I’d give up in my day to find the time to listen to a podcast. My sleep and exercise regimen has already suffered, so why would I sacrifice MORE time to listen to a DJ-wannabe’s happy-talk for 15 mins until the program gets serious enough to settle down and deal with the topic at hand?
I think I could present a fairly good podcast if I wanted to…but again, I’m not a patron. It’d be a lost cause. Lesson learned.
At my time in life, it’s maybe a little too late to launch into a whole new genre, so I’ve had to look hard at going with what I know. Well… I know TV (video/on-camera)…and I know radio. I know the news. I like to read, and I like to write (you’re reading this blog aren’t you?).
What I’m saying is, I’m immersed into the culture of popular media. I study it. I listen to it, watch it, read about it, blog about it, see the trends, and know the personalities. And you know what?… popular media needs voice-actors, so I feel like I’ve arrived at my target, finally.
It might not be hard for you to guess that Anne Ganguzza — a former teacher — soooo enjoys coaching and delivering her voice in educational copy.
What’s your target?
- In love with video games?
- You’ve always been a follower of cartoon voices?
- Boxing fan, and wanna be a ring announcer?
- Are you a political animal?
- Gear-headed car junkie?
Make your passion, your job. Take what you know well — almost effortlessly — and adapt it to your freelance voiceover business. You’ll be surprised how much fun you’ll have.