One of the frustrating parts of being a voice over artist in this new millenium is what also makes it a joy...digital editing. So easy is it now to build a studio, to transfer material without having to travel, but it is a double-edged sword because the talent pool is so vast now that it is difficult to have the RIGHT people hear you. So many of us are just a tap in a seemingly infinite ocean of other knocks on those RIGHT doors. Much of my time has been in marketing myself, sending demos to anyone and everyone. Certainly, the task of mass marketing weeds out those who are serious from those who believe this is an easy way to make a quick million! My question: does anyone out there have advice for getting agencies to take notice?
Thanks for the response and the information. Indeed, I have been working in the direction that you suggest, and your words are encouraging because it told me what I knew deep down. Sometimes you have to hear it from someone who has been there.
Though I'm not currently represented, it is a goal of mine this year and thought I might chime in with one additional piece of advice: NEVER give up. Be professional, polite, considerate, consistent but never, ever give up. If you want something - just do it, just like the Nike slogan states. Peace.
Amen, Barry! Quit has not been in the vocabulary to be sure. I've only been at it for just under 5 years, so I feel pretty blessed with what I've accomplished thus far. Let's make a pact, we BOTH get some representation this year!
JS, food for thought, to be sure. I've been at this a short time, and in that time, I've gone from being an English teacher in a boys boarding school in 2003 to being a drive time news anchor at KDKA to becoming it's production and creative director. I don't feel that this is all I need to say I've made it as a voice over guy, but I do think I have a great deal to offer. My impetus for starting this thread is to reach out to those who have been where I am now who may be able to offer insight as to how to best map out the next step in the evolution that we all are trying to move through.
I agree, banging one's head repeadly is rarely a wise move. I'm quite determined to reach my goals, though I understand that the odds these days are far more slim than they used to be simply due to sheer numbers. Heck, if we as a group can pool information, insight, criticism, resources, we are all stronger for it, right?
Find a job on your own (it's easier than you think.....if you have equipment and can put a sample together (ideally a demo of course) and find a local client in your area (if that is where you are pursuing an agent....and bring in the job you book to the agent. They will get 10% of a job they didn't earn, but they're sure to take you on with that kind of incentive
It's the best trick I can think of and it teaches you to pursue your own work (if you don't know how to do so already)
Of course, as I'm sure many have pointed out, the trick is to be really good and have a KICK ass demo. That takes hard work and dedication. I'm sure you have both.
If you need more info, let me know
If you'd like a demo assessment, I'd be more than happy to help you out. Send it to me via email
Thanks for the insight. I currently work as the Production/Creative Director at KDKA in Pittsburgh, and I do a good deal of agency work now in the market, I have a website with demos and so forth, but for me, it's been a struggle to breakout of Pittsburgh/Cleveland. My biggest concern has been the same question many in my position have, how? Sending stuff out cold rarely works as we have all found out. Occasionally, I get nibbles, but it goes back to the original question, how do I get the "right" folks to see that I'm even here, let alone listen to my reels? My website is www.kellypidgeon.com. The demos are embedded, so you should have no trouble hearing them. I'd LOVE to get some feedback if you had the time. I'm very interested in documentaries as well as trailers and imaging promos for both TV and radio.
Just wanted you to know that you said something in this thread that really hit home to me.
The comment about the "best part about quitting banging your head on a wall is stopping."
That hit home big time as for the last year I have been trying to get back into my 20 year career of radio after my morning show was replaced by syndication.
Ive beaten down doors, drove halfway across the country, been to convention after convention, networked, and none of it paid off.
The best part of it all was when I stopped banging and gave it up. When I did that I was able to realize the next chapter of my life will be written in VO not radio. What a powerfully, liberating experience that was!
Thanks for putting that entire experience into such a briefly poetic story for me.