by Bill DeWees on February 13, 2011

A very quick post today about the 4 things I learned about building a voice over business from running marathaons.

  1. You need a compelling reason. Whatever the reason(s), make sure they will sustain you for the distance. This applies to both your voice over business and finishing a 26.2mile marathon. Check out my in-depth post about getting voice over training in chicago marathon style!
  2. Preparation and training are critical for success. If you attempt to run a marathon without the proper training and gear you will most likely “crash and burn.” It’s the same for your voice over career, yet many people blindly start a voice over business without any, or adequate voice over training. It’s a recipe for disaster.
  3. Develop a long-term mentality. Most people don’t run marathons for 1 of 2 reasons. First, they either despise running, or don’t have the patience to endure the daily grind required to succeed. Between the spark of enthusiasm when the decision is made to run a marathon, until the time you cross the finish line and the medal is placed around your neck, is filled with the daily discipline of long, lonely, often painful runs. In all honestly, I enjoy the process but it’s not always easy. I don’t like to run when it’s too hot or too cold, or when it’s raining, or when I’m tired, or when I’d rather watch TV or go the movies, or out to eat, or (fill in blank).
  4. Drink plenty of water. Voice over artists, like marathon runners need to stay hydrated 🙂

Building your voice over career will most likely require a long-term commitment filled with many disappointments punctuated by occasional victories that become more frequent over time.

Don’t give up, keeping working, have a voice over marketing plan and set some personal goals to motivate you along the way.

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Who Is Bill DeWees and

Bill DeWees is a professional voice over talent and voice over coach. Bill's voice over credits inlude Warner Bros, Microsoft, Dell, National Geographic, AstraZeneca, Whirlpool, Quicken and many more household names both globally and across the US.

Bill's website provides valuable voice over training including techniques to record better voice overs, strategies to close more voice over jobs and step by step methods to build a voice over career and business.

Bill DeWees delivers his own style of voice over training through a range of engaging online courses, live workshops, events and personal one on one coaching sharing all his secrets from his own 6-figure voice over business to help you build yours. To connect with Bill or get additional information visit

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