I'm new to VO work. I am NOT new to radio announcing or on-air broadcasting. As I make this transition from previous radio voice talent work to VO/acting work, I am running into the typical roadblocks associated with breaking into career fields that are quite competitive. Some of the roadblocks for noobs like myself are:
1 - Getting current working VO talents to break down the process of actually entering the field and finding actual work. ( we new-comers all realize the reluctance to disclose information that might take work away from you, yet it seems all of you that talk amongst yourselves share this client info readily....)We are not trying to steal your clients, we just want a foot in the door by understanding where to send demos and to whom. We'll figure out the rest.
2 - As fresh VO talent, is Union representation a good thing or a hindrance?
3 - Equipment. Everyone seems to have their very favorite software editors and home studio hardware set-ups. All of this changes, of course, when bigger, better paying work comes in and the equipment gets upgraded. Do you all keep your older hardware or might you consider paying it forward by offering it to new talent at decent prices?
I realize that most here have faced these questions and have had them answered somewhere by someone. And I'm really not trying to be flippant.
Right now I am having a helluva time even getting a straight answer about how to cultivate clients that would accept a demo!
It's the process of getting work that baffles me right now, and I know I'm not the only one. I see site after site of established talent working together at times it seems to keep new talent from finding work and on some sites it is truly prevalent. Doesn't seem like a profession that embraces mentoring at all.
We new-comers also run into very strong....well...personalities in this field as well that seem to puff themselves up by knocking us down....this hurts and reminds me of my recent days working on-set of a couple of motion pictures filming here in Nashville.....it seems the higher up the food chain the actors get, the nicer their personalities. Some of the extras (which is what I am) were really full of themselves and ultra-snobbish....(meanwhile Gwenyth Paltrow is telling me how much she likes my shirt)....
We just want an 'in'....all of us do....so did you when you 1st started...after all...most of you weren't doing this all your lives so, please just give us a hand up and a process like someone gave you in the beginning....we'll let our VO work hang us or help us....promise....