by Bill DeWees on March 1, 2012

Voice over jobs Chicago or in any other market. As a Chicago area voice talent, I’m often asked what it takes to get voice over jobs Chicago while living in Chicago.

The answer applies to voice over jobs Chicago or any other market whether the market is large, medium, or small. It’s a question that I’m frequently asked, and as a matter of fact, just asked again this afternoon by an aspiring voice over artist. The answer is really quite simple but don’t let the simplicity of the answer fool you into thinking that the road to recording voice overs is an easy’s anything but. However it sure is a heck of a lot of fun!

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Traits Needed To Get Voice Over Jobs In Chicago

Before I give you what I believe to be the critical characteristics of a successful voice over artist, let me dispel a common myth.

The myth is that you have to be the best at voice overs to be successful. That line of thinking is often applied to most any type of endeavor. If I’m not the best, I can’t be successful! (Insert loud buzzer sound) WRONG! Don’t misunderstand me here.

Incompetency and success are rarely observed in the same person however the opposite is very often true. How often it is that we see a highly skilled and talented individual that just doesn’t live up to their potential! My point is simply this: if you have desire, never count yourself out before you start.

voice over jobs chicagoIf you’re still reading, I’ll assume that you’ll at least consider the possibility of pursing your dream to become a voice over artist and do voice over jobs Chicago or in any other market.

Get Voice Over Jobs In Chicago – My 5 Characteristics Checklist

I believe there are 5 critical characteristics necessary to record voice overs for a living.

ABILITY – Can you read well? Do you have a good grasp of your native language? Are you articulate? If so…great start! If not, that’s a good place to begin working with a voice over coach. For the purpose of this blog I won’t get into particulars but it begins by getting a professional assessment of where your ability is now and developing a plan to make you a marketable talent.

TEACHABLE – If you’re not teachable you won’t progress in any endeavor, whether it be voice overs or something else. Clients, directors, and casting folk like to work with people who follow direction and are teachable/directable.

BUSINESS SKILLS – Talent alone won’t cut it in most instances. The often overlooked aspects of marketing and sales are as vital an ingredient as talent. I don’t care how good you are. If no one knows about it, you don’t work.

GRIT – As appealing as the idea of recording voice overs is, the reality of it all requires a lot of hard work. Talent development, networking, marketing, and customer service are the “trench work” that make the fun part of the job possible.

STAMINA – Most people don’t make it through “the dip” (see Seth Godin’s “The Dip”). I’ve run a few marathons and I can tell you from experience that establishing a voice over career is far more relatable to running a marathon than sprinting for 40 yards. Remember Rudy Rudiger? (from the movie Rudy. then you get the idea)

I wish the acronym formed some cool, catchy, and memorable word but I guess you’ll just have to do your best to work with ATBGS!

So ATBGS Your Way To More Voice Over Jobs Chicago

If you can ATBGS it, you can record voice overs for a living and do great voice over jobs in Chicago or any other market. The voice overs marathon begins today!

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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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