by Bill DeWees on February 14, 2012

voice over jobsDo you need more voice over jobs? Recording voice over jobs as a business can feel very close to a roller coaster ride. There are some days when you win the audition feeling great, and there are other days where you just can’t get voice over jobs for whatever reason and you begin to question your own voice over talent.

Part of that might have to do with being a creative person and wanting to master your craft without failure. I think it’s part of our DNA. Keep in mind that part of being successful in your own voice over business is learning how to manage those ups and downs so that you don’t give up early on in the process.

Ups and Downs of Voice Over Jobs

Getting Regular Voice Over Jobs Is Essential

First, you need to look at the volume of your voice over jobs in your business. If you want to be successful in the voice over jobs market over the long haul, you need enough activity going on to ensure that you are getting voice over work on a regular basis. My advice would be to have as many voice over agents as you possibly can so that you are getting enough auditions. You are not going to win every audition and that’s simply a part of the process. People tend not to get most of the auditions that they are given, if that gives you a better idea of how the process works.

Getting voice over jobs can be a very competitive process, but you will get better and better as time continues on. Because of the high competition, you need to make sure that you are always keeping your eyes open to as many audition possibilities as you possibly can. Also, you need to be marketing yourself to make sure that you have enough clients and have enough work coming in on a day to day basis. In all honesty, most of my voice over jobs, I don’t know what I’m doing until the day-of or evening before and I usually do a pretty high volume. I do a lot of voice over work and have a lot of clients, but again, I don’t even know most of the time what it will be until the night before or morning of the voice over job.

As a matter of fact, I have yet to open up my email from this morning to look through some of the new voice over jobs I’m about to start. When I did look at my inbox, I did notice I had quite a few messages so I expect that I’ll have quite a bit of voice over work waiting on me this morning. I book voice over jobs in advance and do sessions and all of that, but most of my work comes in that close. You absolutely have to make sure you have a large volume of voice over business.

10% Voice Over Jobs – 90% Marketing

Early on, I probably spent 90% of my time marketing my business and 10% actually doing the voice over jobs. These days, I spend about 10% of my time marketing myself for voice over jobs. You will always have to market otherwise, the well dries up eventually and you don’t have new voice over jobs coming in. I spend about 10% of my time marketing and 90% of my time actually behind the microphone recording projects for clients and auditioning for my agents.

Keep in mind that a voice over business is a volume business and you need to make sure that you’re staying active in terms of your voice over marketing. Also, you have to look at the ups and downs of your voice over business like a savvy investor looks at the stock market. If you get emotional when the stock market takes a swing up or down, you do just the opposite of what you should do. You buy when stocks are high and sell when stocks are low. That is what the majority of the people do in these types of situations. You really have to be like a savvy investor. Instead of looking at it day to day or even week to week, you have to look at trends found in voice over jobs.

Sometimes your voice over business will be up and sometimes it will be down. As you back up and take a look at the trend, it should always be trending upward with spikes and valleys within the growth curve. Keep in mind that it should always be trending upward. So don’t let the moment or day of the week determine how successful or how much of a failure your current voice over jobs seems to be.

Building Momentum in Your Voice Over Jobs

Next, always be moving forward, looking actively for the next voice over job. Never retreat and never go backwards. We all need breaks every once in a great while, but don’t allow your progress diminish by taking too many breaks. By moving forward, what do I mean? I mean when you feel like stopping or giving up and feel like business is coming to a halt, keep pushing forward.

Send as many emails as possible and continue to market yourself. Retreating during difficult times will only cause you to get less work as time continues on. The work that you do to market yourself right here and right now, will pay off in the long run. You may not get an over-abundance of voice over jobs right away, but the fact that you’ve put yourself out there will only increase your chances of getting work in the near (or distant) future.

Check on your voice over demos and whether or not they are up to date. Does that need to be worked on? If so, don’t hesitate to do the work that needs to be done. Always look for things to move you and your voice over business forward. Make sure that you’re working with volume and act like a savvy investor. Don’t get stuck in the moment or in the day. Days come and go along with good business and bad business. Not every day is going to promise a large number of voice over jobs and not every day is going to be completely unsuccessful without getting any voice over jobs. Instead of examining these daily occurrences, back up and look at the trends. Do your best to make sure that you are always trending upwards.

Still Need Help Getting Voice Over Jobs?

Always move forward and stay active when working on voice over jobs. If you’re looking for some more insight or tips, download my free audio program: Six Figure Voice over Secrets, The Seven Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before Starting Your Voice over Business. That can be found at Thank you so much for joining me and learning more about effectively finding your next voice over jobs. I wish you all the best in your voice overs journey and I look forward to talking to you soon. Take care.

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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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