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It’s True: You Really Can Cash in on Your Voice And Here’s How…

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Here’s How To Cash In On Your Voice In Your Spare Time – And Have Fun Doing It!

Do you know you have a great voice and wish you could monetize it? Are you already in radio or news broadcasting and you would like to use your credibility to make more money with that amazing voice you have?

This post is dedicated to a news reporter who connected with me recently.  He wanted to know abut other ways that he could monetize his voice and broadcasting experience.  He contacted me shortly after I had just helped a student of mine find a voice-over person to do some of his radio commercials.  And I helped another student to find a voice over talent to record a promotional video for his website. Anyway, I wanted to give this newcaster some great resources, and I know there are a lot of you out there that could benefit from this as well.

My first experience in making money with my voice was when I was in high school.  I did a radio commercial for a flea market called the 45th street flea market in West Palm Beach, Florida.  My lyttle sister Lorette has never let me live that one down and still refers to me as the voice of the flea market!

Now, I have no problem speaking, doing interviews, commercials, but there are many people out there who are not confident speakers, or who just feel that they don’t have a voice, tone or just the desire to use their voice for promotions, products, etc.  So, they look to hire voice talent to do the job for them!

So keep reading if:

You are interested in using your voice to make money


You are interested in hiring voice talent to do promotions, or record products for you

There is a market for everything and for those gifted with rich, resonating voices, careers in radio broadcast,  and news reporting can monetize their voice!  Talented voice over artists have many possible venues for finding work, from short term gigs like those done on Fiverr, to longer projects like work offered on Elance, Guru and Odesk.  Here’s a little breakdown of the type of work your dreamy, dulcet tones could land.

www.fiverr.com – These micro-job sites allow sellers to offer small jobs for $5.  Can you do a great impersonation of Borak, sing happy birthday like Sinatra, or do a perfect Charlie Brown voice?  What about voice-over work for a commercial, promotion, etc.  Offer a short project and earn a little extra cash.  Of course when you grab a client here they can become a long term client for other jobs.   Here a great example:


www.voices.com/find/jobs – Sign up for free, create your online profile, and submit your audition online.  All the work is done online, and you can request payment via paypal or by check.  A streamlined process makes it easy to get work, find new jobs, and stay in touch with your favorite companies.


www.elance.com – a site where employers look for people to fill their micro-job needs, like a reverse from Fiverr, the employers draft the job and list the budget for the job, and potential candidates bid on the opening.
www.Odesk.com – Odesk is a popular site, similar to elance.com and guru.com, but where most providers perform their services at an hourly rate.   This is another great site to have yourself available as voice talent!

Check with local advertising agencies and radio stations– often times these businesses are in need of fresh voices to use in their advertising, the more vocal variety these agencies have to promote, the greater their client list is.  More variety always attracts more business.

Smart Supply and MessageBroadcast – hire vocal actors to do voice-over work, they are voice marketing companies, so their focus is on voice-over, often for Fortune 500 companies.

Contact publishing houses – many books are available in audio format and they need people with the right timbre to record their books.  If you are bi-lingual, there is a huge demand for audio books in Spanish.

Recording studios – they often are contacted by marketing companies for demos of voice over artists, this is a quick way marketers can vet the good from the bad and keep their search for the right voice quick and affordable.

There are many opportunities to use your voice to make a living.  The more versatile you are, the more work you’ll be able to get, so see if you are able to do a realistic accent or if you can develop a certain tone.  Always know that the voice may get you there, but practice on delivery.  Many advertising spots have a certain number of seconds for a message to be delivered – make sure you can hit the timing mark clearly and effortlessly.

Now I’ll end this post with a Youtube video from a fiverr voice over superstar!  Watch Mese’s video:

Now go out and make some money with that voice! And as always – talk to me.. if you have any questions or comments please post them below!

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Alicia, you are giving me food for thought,
    I have a great singing voice, in fact I will occassionally sing at weddings and special functions but have always shied away from really using my voice to earn. I need to monetize this talent :-)!

  2. Yes you do girl! Go for it and let me know how i can help. Looking forward to hearing about your success with it.

  3. Great post Alicia (and good to “see” you!)!

    I would love to view the YouTube video, but it’s marked private. Thanks for reminding me about voiceover talent. I did it a few years ago for life and business coaches for their audio products (the niche found me) but got out of the game for a while.

    Like Angela, I also sing (for free and for fee depending on the situation).

    Carol

    • Hey girl! great to see you again as well. Try the video again – i got it to play.. try it again. You should – look into this further and let me know if you have any questions!

  4. Hi Alicia!
    Thank you for this wonderful post. Actually people have recommended I try out for a voice over. I will give the info you placed in this awesome post a tryout!

    Keep in Touch!

    Erik

  5. You would think that someone who had placed second in the Texas State UIL Oral Reading competition would have the sense to do something like this now, wouldn’t you?

    Of course I ain’t naming any names or nothin’ ;-)

    James

  6. Hi Alicia, saw your post on the warrior forum that led me here. This is a cool post, I’m glad to have found it. Only thing I can think of adding is the fiverr clone sites like tenbux, gigbucks, and etc. But well done though, preciate’ that!

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