Making Money In Your PJs is a book by author and veteran voice actor Paul Strikwerda. Subtitled Freelancing for voice-overs and other solopreneurs, it offers a unique look at what it takes to be and stay in business as a voice actor or other type of creative freelancer.
Voice acting is hot at the moment, and year after year, thousands of hopefuls are led to believe that they can build a lucrative career as a narrator using a cheap microphone, a computer, and an internet connection. Others invest a hefty sum in expensive studio equipment, coaching, and demos, only to get nowhere. Making Money In Your PJs takes a revealing look into this booming industry where many are invited and very few are chosen.
“Every day, I see aspiring voice-overs treat their new dream job as a hobby and fail miserably. It’s not as easy as it seems. People need more than pleasant pipes to make a living as a voice actor. They have to have business acumen in order to succeed. It’s the stuff nobody teaches you in voice-over school that can make or break a career. That’s precisely the focus of this book.”
“Making Money In Your PJs” covers topics such as:
– Transforming a hobby into a profession
– Successfully promoting a business online and offline
– Turning potential customers into clients
– Pricing services for profit
– Getting paid on time, every time
– What to do when business is slow
– How to stand out from the competition
These are topics that not only voice actors need to address. They apply to practically anyone who is self-employed. Although this book is written from the perspective of a voice-over, any solopreneur will benefit from chapters on freelancing, marketing, handling clients, and money management.
Making Money In Your PJs is neither a get-rich-quick by doing voice-overs guide, nor a step-by-step course that will take the reader from voice-over novice to top talent in three days. Rather, it is a practical, personal, and often humorous account of what life is like behind the mic. It’s written with insight, intelligence, and a healthy dose of realism.
The sheer depth, breadth, and quality of the information on the pages of Making Money in Your PJs makes this book an obligatory resource in your library of voice-over and freelance success-building.
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