How do you become a voice actor? Well, it takes a lot more than a talented voice. Join Amanda and Mike, as they discuss running a voiceover business, managing work-life balance as stay at home parents, VO tips and tricks, life behind the mic, interviews with industry leaders, and more.
Amanda Sellers and Mike Schurko are the creators of The VoiceOver Family blog and podcast. They have a combined two decades of knowledge and experience in voiceovers, are entrepreneurs and founders of The VoiceOver School, where they teach other aspiring voice actors online how to launch a career in voiceover!
In this episode, Amanda shares her wisdom as she explores a question recently posed by a student of The VoiceOver School: When can I become a full time Voice Actor? As you might imagine, there’s no magical potion or clear timeline to your full time career, but you’ll get there. Amanda shares her own story of going full time, the inspiring stories of well-established colleagues (thanks to a popular FB post she made) and many wise methods for speeding up the process. If you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter and get all those juicy stories and a lifetime of insider knowledge!
You’ve asked. We’ve listened. In this episode, Mike and Amanda address your burning questions: What does it take to gain that competitive edge? And How do YOU become part of the 20% of talent booking 80% of the work? The answer? Through ACTION. Hear some inspiring examples of how Amanda and Mike took a leap of faith (backed up with some serious ACTION) and got to where they are today!
After first meeting virtually 10 years ago through an online casting site, Mike and Brad Ziffer finally get to have a real conversation, and boy is it chock-block full of insights and revelations! Hear about how Brad got his start, his tips for vocal preservation, how he does upward of 60 (!) auditions a day, why he prefers Commercials over Audiobooks, and a whole bunch of advice for new folks looking to crack in to VO.
In episode seven, Amanda and Mike talk about how studying your craft is VITAL to your success in VO. They share some of their hard lessons (no dangly earrings or soda pop in the booth!), some of their game-changing lessons (TAKE YOUR TIME) and the many ways their careers have been boosted, buoyed, and bettered by their many coaches over the years. And yes, that’s coaches, plural.
In this episode, Amanda chats with VO dynamo Jen Knight, where they talk about Jen’s stressful previous life in Health Care, how (with a lot of hard work) her VO Income surpassed her “stable job” earnings…and then some! They discuss everything from the importance of coaching, to how to find the best coach for you, how to get your kids rocking the mic…and the value of a Mentor. Something to listen for: Jen discovers her own mentor during the interview! What?!?
In this episode, Amanda and Mike (parents of two young boys) discuss work/life balance: working from home…with kids! From the “good old days” when they could just record whenever they felt like it and devour the industry and all it had to offer, to the time they brought their first son home and the game changed! Listen to this episode for great tips on time management, and making sure to treasure the gift of your kids at home…all the while making your living there. It’s possible. Listen to find out how The VoiceOver Family makes it work, and still manages to have down time for making memories.
Theatre school buddies Amanda and Tara reunite 20 (cough cough) years later to talk about Tara’s journey from being a self-producing actor-writer-puppeteer into the wild and wonderful World of VO. Find out how these long time friends REALLY feel about each other. OooOOooo.
(Spoiler alert: It’s a mutual admiration society of epic proportions).
In this episode, Amanda and Mike dig into Demos. Who needs them? How do you make them? Where do you put them when you have them? Amanda recounts a tale from early in her career when she had already been booking and a coach said, “You’re not demo ready.” Well, shortly after that, she made her own Commercial Demo and took the world by storm, so take that to the bank, friends! Hear about the clever ways Amanda and Mike circulated their early demos to get them in the right ears…and started booking jobs with businesses right in their own neighbourhood. This one’s bursting with handy info, so listen with a notepad near if you can!
In Mike’s compelling interview with the great Marc Cashman, producer, writer, casting director, instructor, author, speaker and voice talent (!) extraordinaire, they explore the importance of VO workout groups, slating (when and how), the wonderful world of Audiobook Narration (high demand for VO and how to start auditioning today!), Voice Over vs Voice Acting (there’s a difference?) and so much more.
Marc generously doles out fantastic advice to all VO up-and-comers…that reaches established talent, too! Find out what left Mike saying, “You’ve got me fired up!”
Amanda and Mike from TheVoiceOverFamily have been full-time professional voice-actors working from home for over a decade! They've learned a lot in that time since starting in the industry with almost no knowledge about any of it to now running a successful VO business that continues growing daily, AND getting our 2 sons Beck and Trace (age 3 and 6) involved as well! In this episode they discuss the beginning of their journey and their eldest Beck (who's been working himself since the age of 2 and is featured on a new Netflix animation series) even comes by for a few notes on how to be a successful voice actor :)