Scan the internet for voice over work and you will be faced with an enormous array of sites offering voice training courses, advice about agencies and newcomers posting questions asking where and how to start in voice-overs. When you click on some of these sites, you will notice that many of them are based outside the United Kingdom.
So where do those of us with British accents find the work? One way is to refine the search, putting in keywords such as ” UK voice over agency” or “voice over training in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham”. You can be even more specific by mentioning your gender; so “female British voice over artist” and “male British voiceover UK based” will produce some interesting results.
However there are limitations to all of this. It assumes that voice over artists only achieve jobs and work in their country of residence; in the age of the internet this is certainly not the case. Those beginning their careers often find there is just as much (if not more) opportunity outside of Britain. There are a couple of reasons for this:
Inexpensive recording equipment means you can set up a mini studio at home with minimal outlay. You just need your computer, some software (free to download from the net) a microphone and sound deadening material. In the latter case, pillows duvets and curtains will work well in removing room ambience. So it does not matter where you live or indeed where your client is located, you can deliver a sound file from anywhere to anywhere.