OTM ESSAYS
 

Written by Michael Daingerfield

ESSAY 8
THE INSIDE STORY ON THE MONEY YOU CAN EARN IN VOICE OVER

Comparing what it’s like to pursue Voice-over and the Film and Television business from a performers perspective is very interesting.  They are both essentially under the same media umbrella and yet the differences between the two are staggering.

I have created a chart comparison of the two with several categories that cover a range of factors such as time, money and opportunity.  I have answered for each as fairly and objectively as I can.  Please remember that this is from my own unique perspective - I have performed in both avenues quite extensively over the past 17 years so I am not in favour of one or the other.  I am simply trying to provide a perspective of how the two differ to hopefully enlighten you.  Performance art is a passion - but it’s also a business - show business - it’s about making the best use of your time so that you’re fulfilled and well taken care of financially.

 

And that completes the comparison - as I mentioned before this is from my own unique perspective.  I have been successful in both avenues - and do really enjoy performing in both.  There are lessons to learn from voice-over that you can apply to on-camera and the other way around.  Woody Allen says that 80% of the performance in a film is on the sound track.  What ever your preference is - or if you enjoy both equally - always remember that the key is to continue getting better - I can honestly say that discipline has worked very well for me.  Until next time - stay On The Mic and I’ll see you in class.