How To Build a Voice Over Business

by Bill DeWees on February 15, 2012

Did you know that one simple question can fully revolutionize your voice over business? The questions you ask yourself determine the way that you look at your voice over business, and this ultimately determines the decisions you make. So in order to be making the right decisions, you need to be asking yourself the right questions.

Starting A Voice Over Business – Video Breakdown

I was reminded of this a few days ago when my wife and I went to see the new Brad Pitt movie, Moneyball. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it. Although the film has nothing to do with a voice over business, pay specific attention to the shift in thinking that happens throughout the course of the story regarding the Oakland A’s baseball team and the drafting and recruiting of their baseball players.

I won’t give the movie away, but let me give you the basic premise. Brad Pitt plays the role of Billy Beane, who is the General Manager of the Oakland A’s back in the early 2000’s. The Oakland A’s had, at that time, what I believe to have been the lowest payroll budget of any team in major league baseball. Due to this fact, they lost their star players to teams like the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. These teams had very deep pockets in comparison to the Oakland A’s and lack of money was not an issue.

So one day, Billy Beane is in a meeting with his staff, who are a bunch of experienced former baseball players and managers. These gentlemen were steeped in major league baseball history and tradition. They begin this discussion asking how they are going to replace Jason Giambi at first base. This soon develops into an argument, and the question of whether or not they would be able to replace these superstar baseball players hung in the air and was not being answered. Brad Pitt, who plays Billy Beane says, “Guys, guys, guys, we’re asking the wrong question. We need to look at the problem differently.”

Your Voice Over Business Needs A Fresh Perspective

Eventually, he ends up hiring an assistant general manager who is really a kid fresh out of Harvard. This kid who had a degree in Economics, told Billy Beane that major league baseball’s thinking was medieval and that they were asking the wrong questions. He suggested that instead of trying to replace these players “The question you should be asking yourself is how do you score runs? Not recruit players. How do you score runs?” When they began asking that question and recruiting accordingly, the end results were absolutely amazing. I won’t give out every detail of the story in case you’d like to see it for yourself, which I strongly recommend.

voice over businessNow let’s talk about your voice over business for just a minute. For years and decades, most voice over talent and voice over coaches have taught to approach voiceover work asking questions regarding the amount of money that will be made.

They ask how much will be made for specific jobs and question whether or not they will be making a high or low income. As a matter of fact, that’s the question I get asked the most by voice over talent. “Hey, I was offered this job” or “I’m auditioning for this project. How much should I charge? How much should I expect to get paid?”

The Six Figure Voice Over Business Question Is…

Let me challenge you by saying that you are asking the wrong questions. The question I ask myself that has absolutely revolutionized my voice over business and has allowed me to quickly meet and exceed a six-figure income is: how much can I make per day as a voice over talent? Now that may not sound like a profound question, but it has greatly impacted and dramatically increased my income and empowered me to move forward with my voice over business.

Again, the question to ask yourself in your voice over business is, “How much money can I make per day in the voice over business?” When I first started, my goal was to make $200 a day. That’s what I aimed for. I believed that if I could make $200 a day in my voice over business, I could make it as a successful voice over talent and could fully commit myself to this occupation and build my own voice over career.

When I asked that question and chased after it, I was quickly making consistently $200+ a day. So then, I increased my goal to $300. I began asking myself, “What kind of activities can I do? What kind of voice over work can I do to allow me to make $300 per day in my voice over business?” I didn’t base this on the number of jobs or types of projects. I simply asked myself how I could make this amount of money. Then I increased my goal to $400. When I exceeded that, it became $500. Then $600, then $700, and the question that I ask myself now on a daily basis is, “How can I make $1,000 a day in my voice over business?”

I don’t hit $1,000 every day, but those days are becoming more and more frequent, and they’re not unusual at all. As a matter of fact, yesterday I exceeded $2,000 in a day. Now that is a bit unusual. I get pretty excited about that, but it won’t be long before that amount will become more of the norm for me. Eventually I will be asking myself, “How can I make $2,000 a day in my voice over business?”

When you begin to ask yourself that question- the way that you look at and market your voice over business becomes totally different than when you start thinking about specific jobs and how much you’ll get paid for those individual projects.

If you have any more questions regarding your voice over business or how to grow your voice over business, I strongly encourage you to check out www.voice-over-training.org. Join my voice over Facebook fan page and connect with my on twitter and linked in.

As a matter of fact, because I’ve been asked an abundance of questions regarding the money I’m able to make in a day, I created a 4-hour video tutorial program called “My Voice over Playbook.” You can find out more about that at voiceoverplaybook.com. In the meantime, begin asking yourself an empowering question: “How much money can I make in a day with my voice over business?” This will vary depending on the goal you’ve set out for yourself, but I believe that it’s important to aim for a specific target and continually allow yourself to grow. I’ll tell you, it will revolutionize your voice over business, which will ultimately revolutionize your life. This may sound a bit melodramatic, but the opportunities are endless if you continue to ask yourself the right questions.

Are Your Really Passionate About Your Voice Over Business?

When you’re able to work full-time from home with your voice over business, it will dramatically change your lifestyle and the hours you spend doing work. If voice overs and voice acting is something you become passionate about, then not only will it be work- it will become something you look forward to doing on a day-to-day basis. I wish you all the best, and I hope to hear from you soon about the success in your voice over business. If need-be, you can reach me at voiceoverexpert@gmail.com. All the best wishes for you and the growth of your voice over business.

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Who Is Bill DeWees and Voice-Over-Training.org

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 www.Voice-Over-Training.org 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 Voice-Over-Training.org

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