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How To Make A Killing In Political VO

Updated: Sep 25, 2019

Think political voice-overs aren't for you? Think again! Go grab a flag and join me as I go over political voiceover strategies, what campaign managers are looking for, and the dos and don'ts of a political demo. And of course, don't forget to vote!

How to Make a Killing in Political VO – 3:16

Gabby: Are you actually rolling right now, or are we just…? Am I doing this –

Cameraman: I am rolling. Isn’t that fun?

Gabby: Ok, good, so I’m not just doing this for no reason. Cue the presidential music!

Hey everybody. Welcome to another edition of The Gift of Gab. And we want YOU for political voice-overs! Ok, so today we’re gonna talk about politics and specifically political voice-overs, political voiceover jobs, and political demos. There’s a lot of voice actors who make a really fantastic living almost exclusively catering to political advertisers and to the political seasons in our industry, and it’s pretty lucrative stuff. So let’s talk about some of the ways that you can make this lucrative for yourself.

First thing you gotta know, pick a side. It doesn’t matter what your political views are, but you have to pick a specific side that you’re gonna represent inside of a political demo. So whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, liberal, conservative, whatever that viewpoint might be, you want to make sure that your demo is almost completely tailored to a specific political viewpoint. You can’t be a flip-flopper. Now I know you probably wear them all day in the studio, but that’s not what we’re talking about. No flip-flopping! Tailor your demo to a specific party line. One of the reasons for this is because campaign managers and politicians talk to other campaign managers of other politicians, and referral is one of the fastest ways to get this type of work.

Look, the political races are only getting more and more intense in this country, and I’m not just talking about the presidential election. I’m talking about local elections, local government offices. Local government is big business for voice actors. Fun fact, minorities are more in demand in politicals than ever before, so if you’re sitting there thinking “oh, I’m not right for politicals,” or if you’re bilingual and you think that’s somehow a drawback here, anh! totally wrong. Political ads are seeking your skills right now. So if you are African-American, if you are Latino, if you are bilingual, these are huge opportunities for you to get in on the political climate, because not only are minority voters really, really in demand, so are minority voices.

It’s important to keep up with midterm elections as well as the major, every four years, for the presidential elections. But here’s the thing, almost every local production house in every city and state can tell you that political ads make up a really big bulk of their business. So they’re always looking for voice actors who have a political demo to help them showcase your skills.

Thanks for watching this edition of The Gift of Gab, and don’t forget to vote. Very important stuff. For more tips, tricks, and information about the voiceover industry, you can check out my book, VO101. In this guy, you’re gonna find out all about how to promote, present, and practice to get your voiceover career off the ground. Thanks for watching.

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