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How to improve your online voice actor profile

Stand out from the crowd! Completing your online voice actor profile increases your chances of getting a voice over work.

Voice acting jobs are posted daily on various online platforms. Your goal shouldn’t be to simply learn how to apply for voice over jobs, but to get voice acting jobs.

How to get voice acting jobs with a complete voice actor profile 

Casting process for online voice over auditions

  1. Clients post projects
  2. Voice actors audition for these projects

Clients listen to their auditions, check their profiles, and hire one voice actor for their project.

But if that ‘one voice actor’ part leaves you wondering, “will it be a waste of my time to audition for online projects and compete with other voice actors?” think about this: 

Is there only one successful supermarket in your city? 

Is there only one successful car sales franchise in your city? 

Is there only one successful fast food chain store in your city? 

There might be one that is the most successful, but there will still be countless other successful stores, branches, chains, and more, all operating on a daily basis.

Voice actor profiles: the best way to present yourself online 

OK, so you’re ready to fill in an online voice actor profile. No matter which online casting platform you’re a part of, this step is necessary- otherwise, no one would know who you are.

At Voice123, this profile is absolutely necessary as it allows the platforms’ systems to match you with incoming projects so that you can submit your voice over auditions directly to clients. It also allows clients to find your profile when searching for suitable voice actors so they can create a direct booking! 

Filling in an online profile can be intimidating, but the key that unlocks a successful profile is to find the right balance between too little and too much. 

Too little information could leave a potential client wondering, “But what about …?”

Too much information could overwhelm a potential client and lead to, “That’s quite a lot to take in!”

So, how do you strike the right balance?

Regardless of the platform that you choose to register for, think of your profile as a résumé that can show a client the 3 main aspects of your voice:

  1. The sound, tone, and ‘personality’ of your voice
  2. What your voice can do 
  3. What your voice has done

The sound, tone, and personality of your voice

Think of your voice actor profile as a résumé that can show a client the 3 main aspects of your voice: The sound, tone, and ‘personality’ of your voice, what your voice can do and what your voice has done. Click To Tweet

Most online voice acting profiles allow you to write a headline about yourself. This is what a client reads first, so be sure to use an actionable and unique description. 

Voice actor for 3 years. Deep, warm, calm, professional, authentic. 

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The authentic voice you can trust for your next project! 

Which description draws you in and grabs your attention most?

What your voice can do

This is where you want to highlight your voice’s key skills in the ABOUT section and focus on what your voice can do.

The main point to remember is that this is not about you, it’s about your voice! This isn’t the time to talk about your hobbies, your bubbly personality, what you do on the weekend, or why you love voice acting.

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The information you enter in the about section of your voice actor profile should answer the following questions:

  1. What can your voice do? 
  2. What main voice styles, celebrities, accents, and abilities do you have? 
  3. What are your contact details? 
  4. What is your studio like? 
  5. What equipment do you use? 
  6. What specific times do you work, including your typical turn-around? 
  7. What additional services do you offer? 
  8. What key adjectives can you use to describe your vocal abilities?

Remember, this is how to get a voice acting job, not how to publish a biography. Stick to key skills and as we taught in our Platform Education Series, when writing these answers, always remember to write the description about yourself in the ‘third person.’

“I include anything that might set me apart... it's worth mentioning if you’re particularly experienced at something, e.g. interpreting technical scripts, medical narration, etc.” - Lucy Wolfe

What your voice has done

This section allows you to showcase your best work. On Voice123, that’s done through playlists grouping voice over samples of past voice acting jobs. This is also how to get a voice acting job because it’s the perfect opportunity to ‘show’ the client instead of telling them.

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What you shouldn’t include on your voice actor profile

We have a special insider’s viewpoint from a client that uses Voice123 when posting their voice over projects.  

Tom M. shares that when looking at a voice actor’s profile, “it doesn’t say much about how well the artist’s voice will fit with my project. A voice actor (VA) can be Amazon’s favorite, get all their work, and market themselves as “The Voice of Amazon,” but that same VA might not sound good doing a spot for McDonald’s. Plus, when a voice actor tries to sell themselves as “perfect for any project…” Nobody is perfect for any project. In fact, I find that most of the voices I use are great for two or three types of projects and mediocre at all the others.”

“Sell your strengths and don't try to be all things to all producers!"Tom M.

Avoid falling into the trap of ‘telegram typing.’

“I’ve been a voice actor for 5 years. I have a versatile voice. I can give you a quick turn-around. Call me on 1091029202. True authentic voice.”

Sure, it’s simple and to the point, but this is not how to get a voice acting job. The client has probably looked at 10 similar profiles so at this point, they can either scroll for more information, or skip to the next profile. You need to stand out from the crowd by avoiding basic sentences that won’t grab a client’s attention.

Avoid keyword stuffing

Most online profiles have the chance to rank for SEO on search engines and client searches on various platforms. You want to be found in these searches so keyword stuffing can be tempting, but it’s not how to get a voice acting job successfully! The principal is simple. Your profile isn’t a dictionary of adjectives that describe your voice, it’s a simple summary of what your voice can do. 

Take a look at our Platform Education series to go through our how-to guide with valuable tips and advice to optimize your profile.

What should I prioritize when completing my online voice over profile?

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Learn from successful voice actors

To help you get a better visual idea of how these tips and suggestions can come to life, we spoke to three voice actors on Voice123.  

We asked Lucy Wolfe, a voice actor on Voice123 with a Top 10% ranking score for advice on how to optimize a voice actor profile.

“Include a photograph of yourself (rather than a microphone or something arty!) It’s important to make your profile feel personal. I’ve tried to make my ‘About’ paragraph as succinct and easy to read as possible. I’m guessing clients looking for a particular voice don’t want to spend hours trawling through your life story! The main thing I’ve focused on is the client’s needs.”

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Christian Figueroa -How to fill out your profile

We also asked Christian Figueroa, another voice actor on Voice123 with a Top 10% ranking score to share his insightful experience. 

Being quick at responding to auditions and responding to clients who contact me directly is important to improve the profile stats. I include brief information about myself in third person. I write about my skills, with a narrative, as opposed to just listing a lot of words as if they were hashtags (the same applies to samples). I am specific about what I do and also mention my clients.”

Now that you’ve learnt how to apply for voice over jobs through online platforms, here are some answers to frequently asked questions the customer success team gets when learning how to get started in voice over work.

FAQ

There are hundreds of voice acting jobs online, and in the same vein, there are also hundreds of voice actors auditioning for those voice acting jobs. It’s a saturated market, but does that mean you should give up? No, because every successful voice actor also wondered if it would be hard to learn how to get started in voice over work at the start of their careers. If they’d all given up, today, we’d have silent trailers, animations, explainers, and the list goes on. And while there are some voice actors who get hired after several auditions, be prepared to audition anywhere from 50-200 times before booking your first job. Once you recognize the fact that though it’s hard, you have the talent and the help of various resources to guide you if you’re willing to TTAKT

Try. Try. And Keep Trying. 

“It’s not about qualifications, it’s about aptitude and experience. A relatable and easy on the ear voice is just the start. There is so much more to being a voiceover actor. Understanding how to read a script in a way that will connect with the intended audience is key and being able to do that from the off will get you repeat business. In an edit suite, time is money and therefore a voiceover actor who can come in and do the job quickly and efficiently is the ultimate.  If you’re self-recording, provide excellent audio quality and clearly labelled files within the deadline and let the client know when to expect them.  Always be friendly and polite, easy to work with, and be happy to take direction, and I don’t think you can go too far wrong!” – Lucy Wolfe

Check out our list of voice over resources for guidance!

When you’re trying to learn how to get started in voice over work, your biggest concern is how much does a voice actor earn? Voice acting is an art and voice acting jobs can be an outlet for your creative talents. But if you’re trying to establish a career in voice acting, you still need to make a living. 

Ultimately, the rates for voice acting jobs depend on a variety of factors, such as union vs. non union, experience, minimum session fees, studio fees, countries and especially usage.  You can learn more about this on websites such as Voice123, Gravy For The Brain, Global Voice Academy, and Voice Acting Club. Alternatively, our voice over resources page lists rate guides directly. 

“It comes down to how much time you put in … how much experience you have. Are you union? Are you non-union? It’s not a get rich quick thing. It’s like anything else, you put in the time you’re going to be successful … It’s a long haul. 

And rates; the one I tend to go by is GVAA … that’s a pretty fair ballpark. And I think most people stick within that realm. I would be leery if someone says, Hey, can you do an audio book of 20,000 words for a hundred bucks?You do the math … what’s your time worth? That’s like any profession. If you’re a singer, are you going to be the next Lady Gaga or someone performing at a pub down the street? What are you comfortable with? But you can make a living at it. No question.”  Andy James

Check our voice over guide resources page for more information on rate cards. 

Does experience help? Yes. Is it a requirement? No.

Experience helps you to grow, be more comfortable with your own voice and to learn the ins and outs of the industry. But experience doesn’t guarantee a job. You could train, practice and be coached for years and still not book any voice acting jobs. Conversely, you could audition without any experience or training and be hired if your voice was what the client wanted. 

Don’t let a lack of experience hold you back and don’t wait until you’re experienced.

A voice acting career starts with one voice acting job, which starts with one voice acting audition. Then two auditions, then three, then one hundred, and before you know it, you’re an experienced voice actor doing multiple projects simultaneously! 

“In my opinion, in order to be booked by a client, a voice actor has to work on two main areas: voice technique and the science of audio recording. I think there is a long way for a voice actor to train and get to know their voice potential. Besides that, it is essential to learn about audio and invest to get all the necessary equipment to compete with a good quality product.”Christian Figueroa

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Now that your questions have been answered, your profile is filled in, you’ve learnt from experienced voice actors and read the inside scoop from clients, the next step is to start auditioning for voice acting jobs. Remember, with each audition, you will grow in confidence, experience, practice and increase the chances of being hired for more voice acting jobs!