Greetings, LinkedIn Visitor!
Hi there, I'm Rob Marley, Chairman of the LinkedIn Voiceover Spam Attenuation Society. (yeah, I just made that up.)
If you’re reading this, then chances are you’ve posted something in one of the many LinkedIn voiceover groups that other voice artists might consider spam.
What you’ve done is not a grave sin and we can probably chalk it up to enthusiastic naivete. It's not the end of the world, really. It’s certainly not going to get you much work (and most likely just annoy the other voice artists out there,) but it's not a huge faux pas.
See, LinkedIn is a great way to connect with peers and network with possible clients, but the problem is that potential clients usually don't lurk in voiceover-related discussion groups. There are some LinkedIn groups that are dedicated to “jobs and opportunities” but those are not the place to post links to your demo, your website, a video of your latest project or just an outright plea for someone to hire you. They are instead set up with the idea that potential clients will post job opportunities that other voice artists might be able to apply for (personally I don’t see this happening a lot, but it DOES happen sometimes.)
So essentially, you're "preaching to the choir" - and the other voice artists would rather not have to see your misplaced advertising.
If you’re looking to get hired for voiceover work, the best way to do this is by first making sure that you possess the skills and abilities that a client is looking for. Have you had any professional training in voiceover? Do you currently have a coach? There’s a lot more to being a voice artist than just having a nice voice and an eagerness to make money.
I’ve written a series of articles aimed specifically at new and aspiring voice artists. I give advice on how to set up your recording environment, the importance of professional training, how to produce your demo, where to get started gaining experience, how to find paying jobs and how to become a successful professional VO. The links to the various articles are below and they're all completely free of charge.
SO YOU WANT TO DO VO?
Here's what you need to do:
The most important thing to remember with all of this is to never stop learning. Be a sponge. Learn as much as you can, from as many sources as you can. Study, research, practice, train, audition and learn with every step you take.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. I'm always willing to help people discover this amazing, fun and potentially profitable business.
Thanks for reading all this.
Oh, and if you're already an established, professional voice artist and you were posting links to your website or demo in a LinkedIn VO group, all I can say is, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU? You make yourself look like a desperate amateur. This is not the way to get work and you should know better than this! Read some marketing books. Ask other voice artists. They'll all tell you the same thing. Sheesh!