Author Archives: Fran Tunno

About Fran Tunno

I've been a voice actress in Los Angeles for more than 25 years. The good news is I'm passing on all the things it took me that long to learn so you don't have to wait 25 years.

Commit to Voice Acting

All your eggs in one basket.

Voice acting is a great gig. I love it. But I never committed fully to it because I always had a full time job and a family. It was good extra money when I got it, but because I was always busy, I didn’t fully commit. It was easy to put my voiceover career on the back burner because I had another job.

The recession changed things. Now I can either commit or live in my car. I think I’ll commit.

But it didn’t have to be one or the other back then. All it would have taken was a half hour of marketing every day, and my voice career wouldn’t have had so many stops and starts.

I used to go to events, meet people in the business and think, Yeah, I’ll get back to them, then wait weeks before I did, if I did. That’s not good business. I went to an audiobook event last night where I met tons of great people who I will contact today.

If you just contact five people every day about doing voice work for them, at the end of the week, you’ll have made 25 contacts. Even one person every day is better than no one. It takes a few minutes to email someone and it does add up! And you can do that on your lunch hour if you have another job.

Producers do remember people who want to work. And they do call them.  Sometimes it takes a while, but they do! And connect with fellow VO actors too.  You never know when they might be able to refer you for something they heard about that’s not right for them!

It takes hustle, but you can have a full time job (if your employer is flexible) and a voiceover career.  It’s scary to just quit your job and say, “OK, I’m doing VO full-time now.” That may not be feasible for you, But you can do it and keep your day job.  Lots of people have started that way.  Just be sure to take at least a half hour every day promoting yourself.  (It’s not called commitment for nothing.)

If you were selling eggs, you wouldn’t say, “Hey, I’m selling eggs,” then walk away. You’d keep contacting people. It’s the same with Voiceover. Treat it like a business you’re committed to and you’ll reap the benefits. Treat it like a sideline and it’ll remain a sideline.

Every successful voice actor I’ve talked to has said the same thing;  “I decided to devote myself to this and I’m getting work.”  They didn’t say, “I squeeze it in when I can,” they committed.

This is one of those times when it’s actually good to put all your eggs in one basket.  But no one says you can only have one basket.

Make Contacts with Fellow Voice Actors

Most of the things I’ve learned in my 25 plus years of work in the voiceover business, I’ve learned from fellow voice actors.

Yes, I’ve learned tons from taking classes, but regarding how to get work, find good agents, editors and producers, make contacts, and how to survive in this business — that’s the kind of info you get from talking to your fellow actors. Continue reading

Take the Challenge for Bob Deyan

The voiceover world is like any other business. Sometimes you get to know people you’ve worked with so well, they become like family. That’s what Bob and Debra Deyan of Deyan Audio/The Deyan Institute are to me and so many people in the audiobook and voiceover community.

They’re wonderful people who deserve only the best. Unfortunately, horrible diseases don’t discriminate and Bob Deyan is now in the final stages of ALS. Continue reading

Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy in Voiceover

I took a voiceover class this weekend. It was a great class; experienced teacher, great students, definitely worth it, but the weak link was me. Not my talent, but my attitude.

I’m not sure why; I’ve not been feeling 100% lately (at least that’s what I’m attributing it to) but that day I walked in with an “I’m not sure if I’m good enough” attitude and it colored everything I did. This is definitely not true. I’m a professional with 27 years experience, but this attitude strikes everyone every now and then. So, I’m here to tell you two things I forgot to remind myself of before my class. Continue reading