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Make Money as a Voice Actor

Want to make money as a voice-over artist? Here is some advice to help put you on the fast track.


The voice-over field is fairly broad; it covers multiple different mediums. With that said, not every voice-over artist works in every facet of the field. Some mediums are more lucrative than others, while some require specific skill sets.

Here at SixFigureVoice.com we support the idea of you being a paid VO artist as you develop your talent and skills. So pay close attention as we quickly break down the most popular types of voice-over work.


Cartoon Animation Voice-Over


Gone are the days when a voice actor with little to no reputation could book a multi-character role on a cartoon TV series. This is partially because the television industry has changed dramatically over the past five years. Saturday morning cartoons are not the permanent fixture they once where in the seventies.


Even though there are more TV networks today, a good portion of VO carton casting takes place in Los Angeles. The networks want and need a large viewership, and to get it, celebrities are often their first choice for series regulars.

If your goal is to be a featured voice in a TV series, your dream can still come true, but it will take hard work and dedication. To work in animation you should start by developing at least five distinct character voices that you can sustain for long periods of time. You should be able to emote, laugh, sing, cry and more in each voice.




In today’s voice–over marketplace narration work includes books on CD and downloadable products. There’s a large and growing market for these products and services. Keep in mind; narration is a skill that has more to do with tempo and pace than interpretation or even the quality of one’s voice.


Live Event Hosting


Producers of live events tend to hire older, more established voices. These voices naturally tend to hold more authority, which is needed to command the attention of a crowd.


In general, it’s hard to make a living solely doing live events. Outside of the Oscars, Emmy’s and Grammies, there are not many live events that require a live voice actor, let alone lucrative ones.


However, if you want to add live event hosting to your resume, take a class with a reputable teacher and learn how to read ad copy. The same skills used for reading ad copy will help your live event VO skills.


TV Radio Commercial


TV and radio commercial work should be your first pursuit. Every day of the week there are thousands of commercials being made. The companies advertising range in scale from local car companies and law firms to national food chains like McDonald’s and Burger King.


This vast quantity of work creates a demand for fresh new voices. Your chances of breaking into the business will be greater as a commercial VO artist than in any other facet of the business.

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