The E-Learning Explosion--Means More VO Work For You!
As you already know, I try to give you information in the most simple form so that you can cut through the clutter and get right to the point, which should be getting voice over work and making money.
First, let's define what E-Learning is:
The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) defines e-learning as a broad set of applications and processes that include web-based learning, computer-based learning, virtual classrooms, and digital. Much of this is delivered via the Internet, intranets, audio- and videotape, satellite broadcast, interactive TV, and CD-ROM.
So let's break that down:
Basically, e-learning is the audio and visual electronic means of communication, education and training. This is music to the ears of a voice talent because it's another opportunity for work.
Bottom line is:
Major corporations are using e-learning voice over modules to shape the mental fabric of their workforce through constant viewing of videos that were voiced by talent like you and me. There has never been a more opportune time to get this work.
Look at some of the voice over opportunities that are available in this genre.
E-navigation (audio and visual navigation of websites)
Narration for Flash applications for (electronic learning)
Multimedia Website embedded audio
Corporate DVDs (Voice over for corporate e-learning)
E-learning modules for public schools, colleges, adult education and more...
Clients know that it takes the right voice
to bring their websites and other products to life!
Can you see where I am going here?
This is the new "hot genre" for voice over talent and you need to sharpen your skills in terms of interpreting this copy correctly.
You have to learn how to use the proper tone. Your diction and pace has to be appropriate for the subject matter. It also requires stamina because the reads can be long. If you have a background in reading audio books you will probably have an easier time adjusting to the techniques of reading e-learning copy.
I have had the pleasure of being the website imaging voice for TWS Interactive Brokers (Listen) for several years now and the sessions can be long and tedious. I have to read a series of modules that instruct the user on how to buy and sell stocks all over the country and throughout the world. It's important that I am not just reading a script, but that I am really communicating the information.
As we navigate the voice over landscape for employment, one can't help but notice
how popular e-learning has become.
Here lately, I am getting more and more work in the e-learning field and my colleagues have expressed the same recent experience.
In my upcoming Voice Over Workshop in Los Angeles on March 23, I will teach my techniques for reading e-learning copy, how to audition for it and how to find work in this area. Seats are limited, sign up early to secure your enrollment in the class. For more information and to sign up click here.
It's time to broaden your reach. Don't just limit your search for work to commercial, promo, trailer, animation and audio books. Go after this e-learning explosion that is right there in front of you, begging to be dealt with.