Well… at least for a week or so. Then I expect you back where you belong. But let me ask you this:
When is the last time you read a book? A real book?
If you’re like me, you are so used to staring at poorly written scripts, and when you’re done, you turn to social media. That’s where you live your life in fleeting paragraphs, funny photos, shocking videos, and concise comments meant for people with the attention span of a peanut.
Here’s the good news: You don’t have to be one of those people! You’re much smarter than that. You can read entire chapters in one sitting.
This week I challenge you to do what I ask of all my voice-over students: Deepen your knowledge. Broaden your horizons. Learn how to run a profitable freelance business. Be inspired by the pros. Find out how to free your voice, and how to build a home studio.
Go beyond the heartfelt but very limited advice you get on Facebook, Reddit, LinkedIn, or whatever platform you prefer. There’s so much to take in, and as a freelancer, you must take time to work ON your business, and not only IN your business.
Below is your starter kit. It’s an incomplete collection of books covering many aspects of a voice-over career. Clicking on a title will magically take you to an online store. Should you order that title, this store will send a few pennies my way. I consider it my tip jar.
THE NETHERVOICE-OVER LIST OF BOOKS
The Wealthy Freelancer, 12 secrets to a great income and an enviable lifestyle by Steve Slaunwhite, Pete Savage, and Ed Gandia.
My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire, by Michelle Goodman.
The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams – On Your Terms, by Sara Horowitz and Toni Sciarra Pointer.
Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months: A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business that Works, by Melinda F. Emerson.
The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed: The Only Personal Finance System for People with Not-So-Regular Jobs, by Joseph D’Agnese and Denise Kieran.
Voiceover Achiever, Brand Your VO Career. Change Your Life, by Celia Siegel.
There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is: A Complete Insider’s Guide to Earning Income and Building a Career in Voice-Overs, by Elaine A. Clark.
Voice for Hire: Launch and Maintain a Lucrative Career in Voice-Overs, by Randy Thomas and Peter Rofé.
More Than Just A Voice: The REAL Secret to Voiceover Success, by Dave Courvoisier.
V-Oh!: Tips, Tricks, Tools and Techniques to Start and Sustain Your Voiceover Career, by Marc Cashman.
Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It’s Like Behind the Mic, by Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt.
The Art of Voice Acting: The Craft and Business of Performing for Voiceover, by James Alburger.
You Too Can Make Money In Voice Overs, by Sharon Brogden.
Step Up to the Mic: A Positive Approach to Succeeding in Voice-Overs, by Rodney Saulsberry.
Rodney Saulsberry’s Tongue Twisters and Vocal Warm-Ups: With Other Vocal-Care Tips, by Rodney Saulsberry.
You Can Bank On Your Voice: Your Guide to a Successful Career in Voice-Overs, by Rodney Saulsberry.
The Voice Over Actor’s Handbook: How to Analyze, Interpret, and Deliver Scripts, by John Burr.
Voice-Over for Animation, by Jean Ann Wright and M.J. Lallo.
My Life as a Ten Year Old Boy, by Nancy Cartwright.
Scenes for Actors and Voices, by Daws Butler.
Daws Butler, Characters Actor, by Ben Ohmart, and Joe Bevilacqua.
The Magic Behind the Voices: A Who’s Who of Cartoon Voice Actors, by Tim Lawson and Alisa Persons.
Did You Grow Up with Me, Too? – The Autobiography of June Foray.
Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices, by Ben Ohmart.
That’s Not All Folks, by Mel Blanc.
VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor, by Harlan Hogan.
Secrets of Voice-Over Success: Top Voice-Over Actors Reveal How They Did It, by Joan Baker.
Accents: A Manual for Actors– Revised and Expanded Edition, by Robert Blumenfeld.
The Actor Speaks: Voice and the Performer, by Patsy Rotenburg.
Freeing the Natural Voice: Imagery and Art in the Practice of Voice and Language, by Kristin Linklater.
Set Your Voice Free: How To Get The Singing Or Speaking Voice You Want, by Roger Love and Donna Frazier.
Sound Advice: Voiceover from an Audio Engineer’s Perspective, by Dan Friedman.
Home Recording Studio: Build It Like the Pros, by Rod Gervais.
Acoustic Design for the Home Studio, by Mitch Gallagher.
Voice Over LEGAL, by Robert J. Sciglimpaglia Jr.
I could have added my own masterpiece, Making Money In Your PJ’s, to the list, but I’m too modest to even mention it. Besides, as a regular reader of this blog I fully expect you to have one or two copies on your bookshelf.
If you’d like to add other recommendations to my list, please mention them in the comments.
Now, stop reading this blog.
Find a quiet corner.
Gently attach a “Do Not Disturb” sign to your forehead, and start turning pages.
Paul Strikwerda ©nethervoice
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About the author
is a Dutch-English voice-over pro, coach, and writer. His blog is one of the most widely read and influential blogs in the industry. Paul is also the author of "Making Money In Your PJs, Freelancing for voice-overs and other solopreneurs."