Getting into show business does not necessarily mean being in front of the camera. There are many forms aside from videos, like print and radio. If you are a little camera shy and yet have the talent to attract a crowd, you can actually try out becoming a voice-over artist where all you would need is a clear and accented reading voice.
Some people actually make a living out of voice-overs, so you shouldn’t sell yourself short if you think you have what it takes.
The first step in getting a career in voice recording is through sending voice-over demo tapes to radio companies and employers. Though breaking into the scene is a bit hard because of competition, it is actually doable. Here are a few simple tips and steps in making voice over demo tapes that can stand out.
In making a voice over demo tape like a pro you would first need a script, good recording equipment and of course the services of a reputable recording studio (it does not have to be pricey, however.)
Here are the procedures.
- Develop a nice but curt script. Remember that being a voice-over artist entails having the talent to create scripts with outstanding content. For starters you can look up scripts and buy them first. Meanwhile, if you are considering writing your own script, you can envision yourself as one of those in TV programs and commercials. Another tip for this is to research on your target market. That way, you can excel and making a lasting impression among a group of people who are auditioning themselves.
- Make lasting impressions. Imagine this. More often than not the tape acts as both your interview and resume. So in that case, you might as well come up with the best that you can.
- Practice your script. Perfect your intonation during practices and do not start the recording unless you are confident enough that you are at your best. In doing so, try as much as possible to avoid any stammering for this would be a major flaw for employers. In addition, it is also important that you time reading your scripts and try to stay within that period all through your practices.
- Get your recording equipment ready. When you think you are ready for the real thing (recording), this is the time when you seek a professional and schedule a recording. Ensure that the studio has good equipments, which include a pro-quality microphone and a good quality tape recorder. Remember that there is no free lunch, so if you have to pay a little extra to get a nice recording, then it should not be a big problem.
- Practice in the studio. Before you even start recording, practice your script a few more time to ensure that you and your voice are able to adapt to the change in setting.
- Deliver the goods. With confidence, start recording. Expect several takes before perfecting your material.
- Transfer your demo tape into a CD. This will be the master copy of your material.
With these few steps, you are sure to land a career in the radio industry.