Voice Talent Finding Jobs on Twitter
by The Lowry Agency voice over talent Trish Basanyi
The social networking giant, Twitter, continues to mystify some and make money for others.
Heck, even the money-makers are mystified. (Try saying THAT three times fast.)
Yet the ones who have tackled the site head-on continue to bring in revenue in their desired fields – and voice-over talent is no exception.
Are you on Twitter? Have you signed up and then abandoned the account after two “tweets” citing an excuse of something like, “I just don’t get it” or “it’s a waste of time”?
The Internet is an amazing thing, and some still don’t grasp the plethora of knowledge just waiting to be found …when you ask the right questions.
All of the social networking sites are connected. We’re only going to talk about Twitter in this article, but by using one you will learn how to use the others!
For instance, there are thousands of two- to three-minute videos on YouTube, which show you how to use Twitter. All you need to do is search for them. The same goes for Facebook.
These videos explain how to use these sites and make the most of them. And they’re yours for the viewing, absolutely free.
There are hundreds of applications for Twitter, which maximize Twitter’s search potential for you, and streamline the process of finding voice-over work.
Trust me, the work is out there.
I could make recommendations about the applications, but everyone I know uses something different – kind of like the path of every voice talent on their way to success. Different things work for different people.
One of the more popular desktop applications is Hootsuite, but if you’ll search online you’ll find dozens more.
Spend just one hour on Twitter and you’ll begin to see the enormous potential.
Don’t know what to talk about? Just be yourself!
Make jokes, ask questions, and talk about your everyday life – both personal and business.
As voice talent, we’re not always selling our voices – we’re selling ourselves, as people. When we’re real and interactive, people will respond, and will want to “follow” you in the Twitter world.
Even if you don’t have a lot of followers, you can still find jobs – again, just use the search engine for the site!
If you’re searching for VO jobs anywhere else, you already know how to use a search engine.
Step outside your comfort zone for one hour and see what happens.
Maybe you’re on Facebook but only using it for personal connections. That’s great! But if you use Facebook already, you’re 10 steps ahead of the learning curve when it comes to using Twitter.
Twitter is an easier site to navigate than Facebook – in fact, the confusion most people express for Twitter seems to be the concept rather than the actual functionality of the site.
Once you understand the concept, using the site is a breeze.
Twitter is responsible for about 20% of my income in the past year. I have:
- Landed several high-dollar jobs through clients I’ve connected with there originally,
- Acquired roughly 20 new clients that now hire me on a regular basis, and we continue to have a great relationship both online and in the VO booth.
It didn’t happen overnight, but the process has been fun and a huge learning experience.