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Talent vs. Skill

As a voice actor, how important is talent? How important is skill? Is one more important than the other?

Let's define talent and skill in their simplest terms...

Talent: aptitude, a natural ability to do something

Skill: expertise, exceptional knowledge of a subject

Most people think that success in the arts is all about having natural talent. That is not necessarily true.

There are aspiring voice actors out there who have gobs of talent but lack the skill sets to be an effective voiceover business.

There are also aspiring voice actors out there who are highly proficient in audio engineering or marketing (which are extremely important skills) but they lack the talent to be an engaging storyteller.

You need both a certain amount of talent and a certain amount of skill to be an effective voice actor. How much of each? It mostly depends on the genre you want to be successful in and what you want your voiceover career to look like.


How do you determine if you have enough talent and skill to do voiceovers for a living?

If you're considering becoming a voice actor, you must determine upfront if you have the talent to do voiceovers at all. If you do have some talent, you need to find out which genres of voiceover you have the talent for.

There are great voice coaches out there who can help you make that determination. If you want recommendations, drop me a message.

If you actually have the talent, then you must figure out which skill sets you need to be an effective voiceover business, which of those skills you already possess, and which ones you lack. I'm talking about stuff like the aforementioned recording from home skills,, marketing skills, etc. If you need help with that, book a Diagnostic Session with me.


In the few weeks I will announce some of my VO Strategist appearances for the first quarter of 2022. More webinars! New subjects! New videos! Stay tuned...!

Saturday, December 11th @5PM ET: The Voice Actor's Studio "eLearning Performance with Guest Coach Tom Dheere". eLearning, training modules, and instructional content is a leading category in voiceover opportunity! Every voiceover genre has a unique set of "performance rules." Get a clear understanding of what is required when voicing educational/training content. Don't miss three hours of script reading! You'll be sure to "learn" a thing or two and have a lot fun while doing it!

Saturday, December 18th @1PM ET: VO Resolutions: Setting Goals for 2022. We are nearing the end of 2021 and the new year is quickly approaching. How can we set ourselves up for success in the voice over industry and enter 2022 feeling confident and ready for success? In this one-hour webinar, students will learn how to set realistic professional goals as a voice over actor and how to take the new year by storm.



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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