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Getting Political (VO Style)

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Diving Into Political Voice Over

I'm not very outspoken about my politics. While I definitely vote and (like all of us) have been following the domestic political scene a lot more closely over the past few years, I'm still a relatively private person. I've historically been concerned with alienating potential clients, and so I never really tried to do political voiceovers. I didn't think I had the right sound for it, anyway...


Until now.


"It's important to explore new genres. You should always be learning." - Tom

A New Voiceover Adventure...

After doing some research, I decided to give it a shot. I got some political coaching from esteemed coach & demo producer J. Michael Collins. We produced one demo spot which I put on my website & many online casting sites, sent it to my reps, and wrote a blog post about the experience!


Within a few weeks I booked my first political spot thanks to Celia Siegel Management. Listen below!




Takeaways:


Although it may be too late to book work during this year's election cycle, 2023's political season is right around the corner. Here's what you can do to get ready...

  • Research candidates, production houses, and casting agents who work within the political sphere

  • Voice projects that align with your values

  • Consider the results of voicing for one political party vs another

  • Seek out coaching

  • Produce at least one political demo spot and market the crap out of it. I strongly recommend J. Michael Collins. Tell him I sent you and you may get a tasty discount!


Would you consider political voiceovers?

  • Yes. I'll say anything for money!

  • No. No. and No.

  • It depends on the party and/or the issue.

You can vote for more than one answer.



The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Reading this book inspired me in the beginning of my voiceover journey. It taught me how to think outside the box & live outside my comfort zone. It is a masterclass on how to craft and execute effective goals. If you want to get out of your head in a good way, check this one out!




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Tom Dheere

Tom Dheere is the VO Strategist, a voice over business & marketing coach and demo producer since 2011. He is also a voice actor with over 25 years of experience who has narrated just about every type of voiceover you can think of. When not voicing or talking about voicing, he produces the sci-fi comic book Agent 1.22.



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