Five Qualities Of A Successful Voice Over Artist

iStock_000026942759_SmallIn the last few years, the demand for voice over talent has skyrocketed. Every day, thousands of hours of video are published online by amateur and professional videographers, publishers, marketing agencies, and businesses.

As video creation and distribution has become ever cheaper, content that once would have been written is now recorded. That’s great news for voice over artists, because demand for their talents has never been higher.

It’s easier than ever to make a good living as a voice over artist, and the most in-demand voice over artists can expect to be handsomely rewarded for their time and talent.

But what does it take to rise to the top of the voice over industry?

Vocal And Technical Skill

Let’s start with the obvious one: a great voice over artist needs a great voice and the talent to use it. That’s true, and you need to learn and practice how to use your voice voice. But in today’s home-studio world, you need to know not just how to get the best out of your vocal chords, but also out of your recording gear.  

Master your gear so that instead of worrying about room-hum, clicks and echo, you can focus instead on the creative — the ability to express even dull subjects in a way that catches the interest of listeners.


No matter how talented you are, if you don’t get along with other people you’re not going to get far in the voice over industry. The most successful voice over artists build close relationships with clients, and those clients will return to the same artist over and over again.

An ability to build relationships also helps agencies recommend you to their clients. No one wants to refer clients to a difficult voice over artist.


You might have a great voice and strong technical skills, but without the ability to listen,  you may have trouble finding projects. The most successful voice over artists can accept direction and adapt on-the-fly, delivering exactly what a video’s director wants, whether that’s a neutral reading or an emotion-filled narration.

Productivity And Efficiency

Many video voice over jobs require a short turnaround for what may be a substantial quantity of audio. Successful voice over artists are skilled at managing their time to maximize their productivity.

Don’t give a client the opportunity to doubt your commitment to their voice over project. Get it done, and move on to the next! Get busy!


So, you have a great voice, perfect enunciation and pacing, and are flexible enough to take direction and deliver exactly what the director needs. However, unless you harness those talents to turn in great work on a schedule, again and again, you’ll have a hard time establishing a reputation as someone directors want to work with.

The traits of the most successful voice over artists might seem like high hurdles to jump, but it boils down to this: a successful voice over artist is committed to using their talent to give video creators what they need, when they need it. If you can do that, time-after-time, you’re golden.

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Simon Luckhurst Simon Luckhurst is the owner of Voice Talent Online, a UK-based company that provides end-to-end voice over and audio localization. He has 14 years' experience in audio production, localization and business ownership. Check out Simon’s Voice Talent website here:

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