1. What is a voice-over?
A voice-over is spoken material—be it narrative, informative, or fictional—in which the speaker is unseen. This often involves commercial copy (script) for television and radio, but also includes video games, animation, audio books, and corporate industrials, as well as material for the Internet and film.

2. What is a demo and why do I need one?
If you are interested in pursuing a career in voice-overs, you will need an example of your work, much like a portfolio, to present to possible employers, clients, and agents. A demo is usually one to three minutes in length and is an edited selection of your voice taken from several different kinds of copy.
3. Where do I get sample copy for my demo?
At APVoices, we have over a thousand different voice-over scripts available. We work with each student individually to select voice-over material that best suits his or her given background, abilities, and interest. We also work with students who wish to bring in other material or create their own. Please see the Packages page for more information on demos and material.
  4. How do I know if I have the right voice?
Obviously, people have all kinds of voices with differing strengths and abilities. Most people can also change their voices to sound like this or
that. What is most important, however, is a person’s ability to connect with the copy. The right voice thus follows the proper connection to the content. This inside-out approach is used by the best voice-over artists and is one of the most important aspects distinguishing APVoices from other audio houses.
  5. How much time do voice-overs require?
Initially, voice-overs will require some significant time and effort before a student becomes fully comfortable with connecting to copy. We work
with students individually and discuss how to practice and cultivate these skills on their own. Even when we have guided a student through the process of creating a demo and the final product is in hand, this is just the beginning. Students should continue to develop what they have learned so they get to an ever fuller and deeper connection and thus a more genuine voice. This is a life-long process which will mature,
coming more and more easily as one does the work.
  6. How do I get started once I have a demo?
Today, with the advent of the internet, it is possible for voice-over artists to find work on their own. There are many websites where voice-over artists can post their demos, sometimes for free, and interested clients can peruse possible talent without going through casting houses. In addition, many voice-over artists now create their own website for marketing purposes. In pursuing your career, there are several avenues from which to choose and we are happy to discuss these matters more fully in your sessions.
  7. How do I get get an agent?
There are many opportunities in voice-overs today for both union (SAG and AFTRA) and non-union artists. To become involved with union
work, a person must be submitted through an agent. There is, of course, no one way to get an agent. Often a person is noticed by a talent scout after being seen in a showcase or play, for instance. But aspiring voice-over artists can also submit their demos to agencies directly. If you have an agent, the way it usually works is that a client needing a voice-over (like American Express or Macy’s) contacts a casting house, which contacts different agencies with criteria for what the client wants. The agency then contacts suited voice-over talent, scheduling auditions at the casting house for the client. In the past, it was much more difficult to get started in voice-overs without being represented by a talent agency.
  8. Do I need to live in or near a major city, such as New York or Los Angeles?
No, you can really live anywhere to work in voice-overs today. Technology now exists where you are able to audition right at your desk in front
of your computer. Today, most PC’s and laptops have built in microphones and easy-to-navigate recording software. And many professional, independent voice-over artists have a small studio setup in their own home or office. Uploading your voice to a server or even attaching it to an email is a common way to communicate with a client. Also, if you are pursuing a local market, the talent pool is smaller and the competition is therefore less intense. This can be an excellent way for a person new to the industry to build their experience and become more comfortable
with the process of auditioning and recording voice-overs.
  9. How much money can I make in voice-overs?
The amount of money you make is dependent on a variety of factors, including budget, expenses, whether or not it is a union or non-union job, and so on. For a non-union job, the day rate is at the discretion of the client and is often negotiable. Roughly speaking, a non-union day rate can be as little as $200, but could be much higher given the specifics of the factors mentioned above. For a union job, the day rate is subject to the current union rates. In addition, the voice-over artist receives residuals if the spot runs on the radio or television. A union job with a major client that runs on national television could pay up to $100,000 over a span of time as a result of the residuals. Therefore, a voice-over artist’s income varies widely, depending on the kind of work and his or her union status.
  10. How do I make a demo?
You will need to schedule time to record your voice. A demo recording session will take place in our professional recording studio. We will
record you reading the copy that has been selected for you. Frank will oversee all technical aspects of the recording and guide you through each take focusing on getting your best performance. After you are done, music and/or sound effects will be added, each spot will be edited and the final production of your demo will be completed. Click here to record a free demo of your voice.
  If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us.