Scammers abound. Yep. If you've ever searched for info on voice over, you're probably seeing commercials and ads for "Make money in your closet" or "I can teach you how to make money in 5 minutes". Actually, no. No, you can't. Don't fall for it. In this updated video, Gabby lays out exactly what to look out for and how to stay safe.
Beware the Voiceover Scammers! - What to look for so you don't get fooled. - 5:32
Hey guys, thanks for joining me on today's edition of the Gift of Gab. Today we are going to revisit an older video from a number of years ago and update it for today. What are we talking about? Voiceover scams.
So, compared to a number of years ago when I first did that video, now most voice-over scam companies are all online because, duh, everything's online, right? All voice-over training, all coaches, everyone has moved to a mostly-digital format, so you have to be aware of that, okay? It's not meetings and groups in small college classrooms anymore. Now it's through the internet and through a browser. Look, voiceover instruction is expensive. You know it, I know it, and guess what? The scammers know it, too. So a lot of them are trying to price very competitively with what more legitimate voice over lessons cost and that can be kind of confusing because it doesn't always give people a real indication of what they're getting in their classes. I mean, look, it should be pretty obvious right? But if it's super super cheap, you get what you pay for. It that's probably an indicator as well. However, right now, the majority of what we're seeing is companies charging thousands and thousands of dollars to compete with those legit training outfits. Another thing the scam companies will try to do is entice you with really, really, stupendously cheap-ass, too good to be true offers that promise you everything and always seem to come with, like, this never-ending laundry list of incentives. Yeah, if it looks like an infomercial, stay the hell away from it.
Another thing the voiceover scam companies do is they make ridiculous, vague statements that make this entire industry seem way too simple and way too easy. We've seen it all at this point. "Do you want to make money to talk?" "Did you know that you can make money just for speaking?" "Did you know that you can read and make money?" We've seen it all. It's... it's crazy. These companies absolutely think that they can boil this down to its most simplistic form and that people are going to believe that and ultimately take an interest... and sadly, some people do. Please don't fall for that. This stuff always always sounds too good to be true. My favorites are always "Make money part time! Make money in your pjs!" Yeah, okay, that one's not that far-fetched, all right? We are in our pjs a lot, me especially, but we're still working our asses off to earn a living in those pjs! Anytime somebody says you don't need any equipment to do this, run. Just go. Just... just... just go away. That's it. Just leave. Just leave right then and there, don't listen to anything else they have to say.
The scam companies do a really great job of negating, downplaying all of the hard work, the time, the money, the effort, the expertise that it takes to become a working voice over actor who can actually sustain themselves doing this for a living. And that's the difference. Legitimate voice over training - that's what it's setting you up for. It's teaching you how to be able to sustain yourself in this industry and actually make a career out of it. But it also tells you, pretty plainly, it's not going to be easy and it's going gonna take time and exactly how much time? We don't really know. Everybody's different.
Last thing to be on the lookout for is a lot of the voiceover scam companies do just that. They hide. They hide behind a company. They hide behind the name of an entity or an institution or an academy, or in some cases... a beard. You don't really know who they are because that's the thing... they don't want you to know who they are. They don't want you to be able to look into their credentials in the industry. They don't want you to be able to confirm whether or not their success in voiceover is even legitimate. They don't want you to be able to figure out, "Oh man is this person who they actually say they are?"
There you go, there's the update. Hopefully this helps you to avoid wasting a lot of time and a lot of money, and if you want to have access to some really great resources that can help you to find legitimate training and quality training in this industry, check out the resources page on my website. It's got links to all kinds of people and businesses that I can tell you are very credible and really great at what they do. Thanks for watching, guys. See you next time!
Gabrielle Nistico, Gabby Nistico, The Voiceover Vixen, The Business First VO Coach, #VoiceoverVixen #VoiceOnFire #BusinessFirstVOCoach Voiceover, Charlotte, North Carolina, Voiceover Demo, Voiceover Coaching Advice, What Not To Do, Working Actors, Los Angeles, New York,, How to Be a Better Voice Actor, voiceover coaching, YouTube Channel, Voice Acting Coach, make money from home, voiceover scams, updated video, scammers, scams, beware, voiceover classes, make money in your pjs, make money from home fast, make money fast