The previous year has been tough for each one of us, especially in terms of health and career, says Peter Salzano, a renowned voice actor, and a musician. To control the worldwide spread of COVID-19 many countries announced lockdowns. The worst impact of COVID-19 was not just on health but on career too, as people lost their jobs and finding a new one was not easy anymore.
But for voice actors, the COVID-19 pandemic brought new opportunities, especially in the corporate sector where everything shifted online. Peter says, the work from home culture was new for each one of us, and as a voice actor he has explored new opportunities that he might not have considered before the pandemic.
Let’s take a look at five different ways shared by Peter Salzano in which “voice actor’s life may change after COVID-19”
New Opportunities, More Auditions, and New Way of Working
Earlier it was a little hard to look for new opportunities as a voice actor but after the COVID-19 the situation has changed. There is a notable increase in new business and tools like voices.com, hiring on social media networks as LinkedIn has increased. It’s easy to look for jobs as a voice actor due to the increase in the number of opportunities.
Make sure you update your profile and be available for the auditions so that you do not miss out on the approach of clients seeking talent based upon search queries.
The new way of working that is work from home is a little challenging for voice actors but adapting to the new work culture is the only option.
Home Studio the New Work Station
As a voice actor traveling from one studio to another was a part of your job. But now the situation has changed and so have the expectations of your clients that offer you work. Keeping in mind the safety of the clients offer work from home opportunities for which you must have a home studio.
Remember not just the opportunities are increasing but the competition is also at a peak. More people are getting into voice acting and to stay ahead of the competition it’s recommended to put up your home studio and get familiar with tools for editing. This will help you create, invest, and grab more opportunities.
Back in Studio Can Be Challenging
The COVID-19 pandemic has laid two safety rules that are socially distancing and has made masks compulsory. But now as everything is getting back to normal and even voice actors are asked to visit the studio there is a fear that surrounds us.
“Peter, says I remember going back to work and kept sanitizing my hands and instruments in the studio. It was difficult to concentrate on work for the whole day.”
So, for those who fall under the high-risk category according to age and health issues, it’s a challenge for them to step out for work in a close environment like a studio.
Online Casting Sites
Earlier platforms like online casting sites were hardly used by voice actors to look for opportunities but now such platforms have gained popularity especially the aspiring voice actors.
The well-established voice actors have made good use of these casting sites. As a voice actor Peter Salzano appreciates such casting sites where one can professionally connect and look for work. He says it’s a professional way to build connections and showcase your experience and creativity.
Before and after the career opportunity for a voice actor has been quite different. The lockdown period has allowed us to think, explore, and work on our skills that have somewhere led to our growth. For voice actors, the COVID-19 pandemic rules and regulations have opened new doors especially in the corporate sector and in the digital entertainment industry. It’s your turn to grab the new opportunity and adapt to the new norms as a voice actor.
As a professional voice actor Peter Salzano has worked exclusively during and after the lockdown which gave him the confidence to do even better and explore more. Peter strongly believes that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed his life as a voice actor in a good way.