If you are new or experienced in the world of voice acting, you should know that there are different types of voiceover niches to pick from.
And in this post; we’re going to look at the different niches and a simple way to pick the best niche based on your voice and preference.
When people speak of voiceovers, they often think of narrations. This means that they imagine a voice without a face and that’s pretty much it.
Most people are aware of the different kinds of voiceovers but aren’t well informed about them, let alone know how to pick what works for them.
Of course, the most important requirement needed for voice acting is your voice but the problem is that people think that’s all there is to becoming a voice actor.
And it isn’t!
One of the major things to consider when embarking on your journey to becoming a voice actor is to know your niche.
People overlook the importance of having a niche because it sounds limiting and it seems like a lot of competition…
But there are different voice over niches out there, enough to accommodate everyone!
There are commercials, narrations, audiobooks, video games, e-learning, corporate, trailers, promos, announcements and so much more!
Having a niche helps you with expertise and professionalism and all you have to do is figure out what you want to do and most importantly why.
If you’ve ever heard someone say that you ought to love your job, you better believe them.
The different niches can all be challenging and require discipline and commitment, but this doesn’t mean it can’t be fun!
For example; a teacher would find it so easy to work on e-learning voiceovers and audiobooks but will struggle greatly with voiceovers for video games.
It is advisable that you have an idea of several voice over niches but it’ll be even better if you become a master of two or even three!
Choosing the best niche is a simple way to enjoy your job…
And the best niche isn’t one that is best for everyone but rather what is BEST FOR YOU
To choose the best niche, you should consider the following:
1. Did you have a profession before venturing into the world of voiceovers?
If you did and excelled at it, you’d want to relate that to your niche. Did you work in an office? You might want to consider corporate voice acting; while a radio host would be perfect for commercials, promos or announcements.
2. What kind of voice do you have?
Is your voice flexible enough for you to dabble in three, four or more voiceovers seamlessly? Can you play the role of two characters without the audience realizing it? Do you have a welcoming and soothing voice that lures people in? Consider these questions before picking a niche.
3. What do you enjoy?
Do you like reading books? Then audiobooks might be for you. Do you enjoy video games? That might just be your niche.
Do you like educating people? You should consider e-learning. Are you drawn to advertisements? Then, commercial voiceovers might be your calling.
The most important thing is to figure out what you love to do.
If you hate reading novels and then ventured into the niche of Audiobooks, you’d have a terrible experience and might even hate voiceovers in general!
It is important that you figure out what niche or niches you’d like to become an expert in and harness your skills towards those goals.
Always remember that you don’t have to follow the crowd…
True authenticity brings uniqueness and satisfaction.