In no particular order, here’s some random voice over related stuff that might be good to know:
Source-Connect Standard has a map feature
The map can show you everyone in the world who has or has had an account. These people are mostly all studios, production houses, and fellow VO actors. This could be an excellent place to research potential leads.
SearchTempest.com aggregates all of Craig’s List
This makes every Craig’s List in every city searchable, in its entirety, at once. People occasionally post things other than LOOKING TO BE THE NEXT BEYONCE READY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD?! Not often, but sometime, and maybe you can find them before Bill Dewees does! It also includes eBay, but I find this less useful more…interesting?
Don’t close your mouth while performing VO
It makes this little noise every time you open it back up that must be edited out afterwards. You’d think after five and half years I’d break this habit, but..
Look Into Incorporating Your Business
If you’re making a decent amount of money as a sole proprietor, look at incorporating to potentially reduce your tax burden. It can be complicated if you don’t have a business background, (like, ahem…well, that’s not important…) but CPA’s are inexpensive, so don’t be timid about reaching out to one for help. Having things like an official payroll system can give you credibility and accountability when seeking loans or lines of credit. Plus, look: this is America. We clearly value corporations above freelancers, and it shows in our tax code.
Your VO Microphone Logo
Profile picture of a microphone instead of you or your logo? Please stop. I know what a microphone looks like, and it doesn’t look like you. You are not your Sennheiser MKH416, you are a person, and you are beautiful.
Now if your logo was a DRAWING of a mic…