Written by Michael Daingerfield
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.