Business and Money 101

(24 customer reviews)



Appropriate For: Casual Learners, Aspiring Professionals, and Working Professionals

This class will help students understand the fundamentals of building your voice over business, and where to best invest your time and money.

Class Length: Two Hours



SKU: 01t3x000008nfrSAAQ Category: Class


Voice over can be a fun and lucrative business, but success in this industry isn’t all about raw talent. Great acting skills and superb vocal technique are certainly at the core of a successful career in voice over. However, performance ability is only half of the required skill set. The other half is knowing how to successfully run a small business, and how to navigate the complex and ever evolving voice over industry. In voice over, you need to be the talent AND the business manager at the same time.

Edge Studio’s Business & Money 101 webinar will provide students with a review of the evolution of the voice over business, from the role of technology as a driver of change in the industry to an overview of the current voice over landscape. Your instructor will take you through step-by-step guidance on successfully starting a voice over business, including advice on accounting, what insurance you may need, unionization (whether or not you should go union or stay non-union), and getting established as a professional working voice talent.

At the conclusion of this class, students will:

  • Understand their personal motivations and immediate goals as a voice actor
  • Begin to develop a strategic five-year plan for your voice over business
  • Appreciate the commitment and persistence required for success
  • Discuss the history and evolution of the voice acting industry, and understand the role of technology in this historical context
  • Know how to use online resources like pay-to-play sites to grow their knowledge of the voice over business
  • Set their rates per industry norms, understand how voice acting services as priced, and appreciate the perils of what underpricing can do for your career and the voice over industry as a whole
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of various forms of corporate structures for your voice over business – sole proprietorship vs LLC
  • Appreciate the accounting and taxation requirements that may be applicable to your career

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  1. I took this class with Haneen Arafat Murphy yesterday. It was excellent. All the important bases were covered, and it felt like not a moment was wasted. I came away with a general sense of how the business works and what it would take to manage a career doing voice over either full-time or possibly part-time.

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  2. What got especially my attention during those 2 hours can be resumed in a few words: your advice for the VO artist to take jobs that speaks to him/her, and combine this with structured and self discipline actions. The entire session, you made remarks and gave examples encouraging realism and authenticity, but your enthousiasm is very obvious and CONTAGEOUS. This webinar helps me to see better where I have to aim for work, I can better see the steps I still have to go through before the demo, and it is reinforcing the recent conversation I had with Susanne about my trajectory, as well as what Kristen Thorne thought me during my coaching session yesterday . Kendra was also very helpful for the logistic of my classes as well as for my questions she answered on the phone. Basic ideas expressed by different members of Edge but with different words and flavor makes the work attractive, and your consistency invite me and make me feel good to trust you as a coaching team. Merci Anne, Susanne, Kristen et Kendra. Votre equipe de Edge Studio est SUPER !!!

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  3. I just wanted to take a moment to thank Anne Ganguzza for presenting a very useful, upbeat and altogether excellent webinar this past Wednesday. Anne certainly delivers the right stuff with Business & Money 101.

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  4. I just wanted to send a quick thank you email to Erik Sheppard. He was busy with questions and I had to hop off the phone real quick before I could thank him for his great workshop. Sooo thanks Erik! I got a lot of valuable info and had a good time in your Business & Money 101 lecture. Thanks for the knowledge and thank you for your time.

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  5. I fully expected to be bored to tears with Money and Business 101 focusing on setting up your books and invoicing for 2 hours,and Greame gave us all of that – in an interesting way. That said, I cannot tell you how pleasantly surprised I was about how he presented this course. Mr. Spicer was engaging, forthcoming with relevant, up-to-date industry info, meaningful insight and valuable websites. Good nitty-gritty stuff – and we got how to invoice and keep records…Thank you!

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