Recently I went to a Voice Over conference in LA in an effort to stay atop of what’s new in the biz. As I looked around the room, I quickly became aware of one thing.
I recognized almost no one!
Why is this important? Well, I’ve been in the biz for a while and through that time have come to be familiar with quite a few of the industries working professionals. Those people were not there.
So who was?
I set down at the table and struck up a conversation. From that point on, nearly everyone I talked with were people trying to get into the Voice Over business.
With websites like Voiceover123, the world of Voice Over is no longer in LA, New York, and Chicago. Now it’s in Salt Lake, Madison, and I guess Norway and Japan.
It used to be that the Voices from LA, and NY went to those places.
(I’ve voiced commercials in Europe, Asia and Australia.)
Now the voices are coming to LA and NY from those places and they’re willing to do if for cheap.
I’m not here to talk about the good old days and how things are going down hill, but rather to identify where the business is headed, so I make sure my business is headed that direction as well.
If you don’t change with the times you face becoming obsolete. Just visit the Closed Steel Mills of Pennsylvania, or talk to a guy who still has a high speed dubbing tape deck.
So it’s changing, now what? Well that’s a great question and one I’m still working on.
The only thing I do know, is that it means effort and work and risk and not giving up on the dream of working as a Voice Over Actor.