Groupon knows me. I’ve always been interested in voice work aka voice acting aka voice over. I’ve never said this to Groupon. I rarely go on Groupon. For no reason at all, I went onto Groupon and the first thing that popped up was a voice over seminar thingie. That’s serendipity, right? I signed right up.
A few days later, I’m in a conference room in a weird hotel in Jersey with a few other people interested in voice stuff and one guy who’s been in the business for over 20 years.
I learned that voice acting is a job like any other job. You hustle, you get work. You don’t hustle, you don’t get work. There are lots of jobs out there, and the industry is growing, which means more jobs. Lots of voices get jobs because they know people from previous jobs, so getting known and being professional are two keys to the hustle.
I’m a hustler. I like being on time. I can do this.
We ended the session by recording, which was a lot of fun. We also were able to choose to get feedback the next day, which I did. I learned a few things about what my voice would be suited to. Then they told me something I already know–I talk fast. The guy on the phone told me that more than once. I talk faster than the average speed of conversation. I know this so well that I sometimes tell my classes that if they ever don’t catch something I say, they need to tell me to slow down. Really, though, why does everyone talk so slowly? There are so many words and only so much time!
New life plan: voice work side hustle possibly becoming voice work only hustle.