I have heard this exact thing from countless people. You should be on TV! or on the radio! or a motivational speaker! These all sound like they would be really cool… don’t they? But the thing that they don’t tell you is just how the hell you are going to do any of this cool new stuff with your great voice.
Like I said people told me all the time that I had a great voice, but probably just like you I thanked them and went on with my life. The reason I finally made it into the voice over business was the one time I happened to hear the same line “You have a great radio voice” from someone that could actually do something for me! You will hear this story a thousand times in two flavors: either “the right place at the right time” or “knowing the right people”. Ever working VO talent has a discovery story!
John and Danielle from Image Control Media Chicago were both those things for me. They just happned to know a local producer that was looking for a new male voiceover actor, and they asked me to record a quick sample in my home recording studio. The producer liked it, and offered me the gig on the spot! I couldn’t believe it!! I was so thrilled to start actually making money as a voice over professional! The best part is that once you have done one professional voiceover gig the next one is right around the corner… but its not going to come knocking on your door – you’re going to have to fight for it!