Working doing voiceovers can be very high paying but will usually take some time before you start to make the good money. This though, is how to break into voiceovers as a full time job. Obviously, as you are just starting out, you do not want to quit your job just yet, especially considering that it is going to cost you money to rent a sound studio to make a sample tape of your voice and then you will have to make quite a large number of copies in order to send them to all the sound producers of radio, TV and films. Although it isn’t necessary to join a union, you may want to consider acquiring the assistance of an agent. A producer is more likely to hire you through an agent than they are by just listening to your tapes but, even if you do get a chance of a job through an agent, you may still have to do an audition. It is usual that if an agent gets you a job, it is the agent that will be paid the money and then they take out their 10% or 15% commission before handing it to you. If this is not to be the case though, never pay your agent until you have physically received the cash.
There are certainly plenty of jobs or voiceover artists as there are thousands of radio and TV shows that air several commercials every hour, most of which involve voiceovers. Unfortunately though, most of these are not the $10,000 type and so you are more likely to be paid in the region of somewhere between $75 and $400 per commercial, although this price can go up once you are established in the industry.
Although it is possible to do voiceovers from your home, you will probably have to do so without the aid of an agent as they will usually only take clients that are near enough to accept auditions at short notice. If this is the way that you choose to try, you must be in close proximity to a sound studio as any producer will probably want results within 24 hours. Many people do though, break into the industry whilst working from home but it often takes them longer to get established.
As with any other way to make money these days, in the voice over market there are scammers, so beware. The way they run their scam is to advertise in the local press for voiceover talent. Once you respond they will invite you to meet them at their so-called office. These smooth talkers will then try to convince you that you have to give them hundreds of dollars in order for them to make demos of your voice to send to producers they purport to know. It is doubtful that they do actually know any producers but what isn’t so doubtful is, they would have moved by the time you realize they are taking too long.