I received the following email after Bettye Zoller’s Webinar about finding your “Money Voice” this past week and am reprinting with permission of voice actor Tracy Thibodeaux. I am including my reply. Hopefully some voiceover folks might find this of interest:
Subject: got your name during last night’s webinar…i come in peace
> I need some advice and I hope that you will take the time-should you
> actually ever get it LOL-to give it to me. You have made for yourself
> quite an impressive business and I need to figure out how best to
> pursue that for myself. I figured, ask the best and your credentials
> are certainly top shelf!
> I am not new to voiceover; I have been in the business since ’98.
> Until recently, however, I relied solely on some of the local
> production houses for my work. Now I have my own studio; it’s bare
> bones, mind you, but it’s what I have for now. In other words, I have
> no ISDN or SourceConnect yet, just my Mac, MBox, mic and a “padded
> cell.” I noticed you have representation coast to coast and I can
> understand why. My question is: How do I, lacking ISDN or
> SourceConnect until I can get enough work to buy it, get
> representation? Bettye mentioned getting numerous producers. What’s
> the best way to get that done? Is that just finding directories of
> production houses and cold calling? Where do I get my hands on such a
> Thanks very much, Bobbin, for your time and consideration. I hope to
> hear from you, but if I don’t, my sincerest wishes for your continued
> Tracy Thibodeaux
> You are so sweet to reach out. Thank you for your kind words, too.
> Where to start with your question… I’d suggest forming a business
> plan which details your marketing plan. Your plan is your road map. There
> are a vast amount of resources on the web that are helpful. Join some of the
> online voice sites, like Voices.com and Voice123, and audition like
> crazy. You’d contact production houses out of your immediate locale a
> number of ways, and it definitely helps to be online, and have a website.
> Submit to every one that you can. Social Media is another avenue. Meet agents,
> casting folks, and studio personnel by joining professional networking groups.
> Are you attending VOICE 2010 in LA next month? You absolutely
> Hundreds of Voiceover pros from all skill levels, agents, and
> voiceover coaches will be there. And they know so much more than I do. That’s
> why I go… To surround myself with a fantastic brain trust. Go to
> www.voice2010.com to learn all about it.
You will learn and network so much so fast your head will be
> spinning for days. It will be so worth the time, effort, and cost of doing
> Sounds like you need to kick your career up a notch or several.
> I’m not sure if I’ve helped. Let me know if I can reprint this for
> my blog.
> There are a lot of people who are in the same position and can relate!
> All The Best,
> Bobbin Beam, Voice Actress
Good Morning, Bobbin!
My humblest apology for failing earlier to respond to the kind
reply containing great, fundamental and foundational advice.
I will follow it, believe me.
I will, unfortunately, be unable to attend VOICE 2010. Perhaps
next year. I intend to make myself a known entity in the voice
over industry and I will have done it, in large part, to the kind
contributions of people like you.
Of course, you may use our correspondence on your blog
Thanks again, Bobbin!