As a highly experienced voiceover artist, presenter and professional speaker, Ebs Akintade knows what it takes to succeed in the voiceover industry. He has worked on numerous high-profile campaigns, including being the voice of Nescafe Dulce Gusto in Europe. This article will look at what it takes to become a successful voiceover actor.
First and foremost, it is important to address the biggest misconception about voice artistry. Having a great voice is important, but it is just one component in building a solid career in voice acting. Voice talents not only have a great voice, but they also take the time to polish their talent. Successful voice actors have ambition, as well as good business sense.
Becoming a voice artist is not a decision that should be taken lightly. As with any other change of career, it is important to carefully weigh up the pros and cons to deduce whether it really is the right career path.
Being a voice actor does have some big plusses. Voice acting can be extremely fulfilling in terms of witnessing the success that can be achieved with a voice artist’s help. In addition, voice artistry promotes continuous learning, bringing voice talents into contact with all kinds of people, businesses and industries that they would never connect with otherwise. To be successful, voice artists need to build a solid network, connecting with other voice actors and sharing technical, artistic and business tips.
One of the most appealing aspects of being a voice artist is the ability to work from anywhere that has an internet connection, at any time, promoting a healthy work-life balance. Voice artists are essentially entrepreneurs, treating their voice as their business. For a self-employed individual, the sky is the limit in terms of earnings, provided the voice artist can secure enough work.
Though being a voice actor does have many positives, it also presents some unique challenges. Receiving coaching, learning about studio production, prospecting and auditioning, and setting up a home studio all cost time and money. There is also the emotional cost of being inside a booth for hours on end, which can be isolating even for established voice actors.
Having a good voice is a great starting point for an individual interested in becoming a voiceover actor. However, it is only when the voice artist develops a solid business acumen and hones their tech skills (for recording) that their career really has the potential to take off.