One very sensitive questions a voice over artist asks at least once in his life is: “Should I put my eggs in one basket now and become a voice actor exclusively?” Unlike other fields of employment, the voice over industry can be a goldmine for others and an uphill battle for some. Many voice over actors want to branch out of their daily jobs and start working full time as voice artists because it is their passion but they are held back by how unpredictable the voice over industry can be. The great part about becoming a full time voice artist is that, you have independence, there is flexibility in your schedule and more opportunities to learn about the industry. When you start your voice over career, you will discover that your chosen path leads to a more creative and productive endeavor. Of course, many blog articles teach you how to perform well on your voiceover career but not many of them talk about when you should start working as a voice artist full time. In this blog, we will be answering the question ‘When should I quit my job and start voice over work full time?’
Why is it important to time your resignation?
There are definitely a lot of answers for this question. One reason you need to time resigning is because you have to make sure that you have enough resources to start your new voice over career. If you have an agreement with a voice seeker, that he will use your voice over services exclusively, that’s even better way to start your endeavor. In a nutshell, you need to be financially stable, have something to fall back on so when you leave your job, do it on good terms. Try to have a sure deal with voice seekers before becoming a full time voice actor.
When you have acquired enough experience
Becoming a full time voice artist is not easy, especially when you have nothing to show experience wise. Serious reputable voice seekers want voice over artists with experience. I assure you, they will not hire people who have no proof of how good they are. Create an online portfolio, include the projects that you do ‘out of boredom’. Find a voice over coach and take some voice over lessons. If you are open to working at a low fee when you are starting out, take small pay until you build a solid voice over portfolio. If you have no experience, then, create the experience. That is what a successful voice over talent does.
When you quit your job, you will probably get a considerable amount of severance pay. Consider this as your starting budget. As a full time voice over talent, you have to understand that you won’t get regular voice seekers in an instant. It will probably take months before it happens and that is not even assured. So, before you start your new full time job as a VO, better make sure to prepare your pockets for the following:
- Food expenses for a couple of months
- Enough money to pay the bills
- Expenses for your voice over needs (e.g. your voiceover website payments, business cards, etc.)
Of course, this will be a painful experience. You will surely live on a tight budget, but this is a pain you have to endure. Starting out in the voice over industry is pretty rough, especially to those who have just started, but you’ll get through it. Believe me.
In conclusion, after reading this article, I hope that you would have learned how to time your resignation so that you’ll be in a safe spot to kick start your career as a full time voice actor. If you want to become a full time voice actor, you have to prepare heavily because it might become your career for years. You should be ready to work on your own at home most of the time. Know how to manage your time and be business minded as you are now your own boss. Also know when to quit your other job. I think you should start thinking about quitting your job the moment you feel that you are no longer enjoying it. When you feel lack passion, miserable each time you wake up, don’t work well with your co-workers, when you feel like your talents are not utilized, when you are stressed and it makes you physically unwell to be at your job. The most important reason of them all to quit your other job, is when you are ready and prepared to start your journey as a professional voice actor.