Selling out right from the start?
June 11, 2012 9:03 PM Subscribe
Jobs/paying activities that involve specialist use of the voice? (Singing, announcing, etc)
posted by solarion to Work & Money (10 answers total)
So I'm honestly wondering about dropping out of the university course I'm in and taking up something like music composition instead, as from some reflection I can't really see myself wanting to do much else.
But the stepping block, both going to uni initially and now, is always the lack of money in that sort of thing. It's always been problematic; and now with the collapse of the recording industry I can't see it getting better anytime soon. As a maverick, one might carve out a niche, but it's not like I'd be hopeful.
So if I made this foolhardy decision to work on becoming a vocalist/composer, and given I'm interested in exploring all aspects of the voice, not just singing (though the two bleed into each other, of course) what work might keep me from poverty along such a career path beyond the general singer/songwriter or classical singer lines?
Some basics I've thought of
- Voice acting for animations + etc
- General interstital voiceovers/announcements on TV and radio
- Teaching (eventually)
- Library music composition? (for ads and the like)
Any info on the hopelessness or potential of any of these as well as other ideas would be good. Things that also tacitly require other skills are fine to suggest; things that are unpredictable (like getting in on an advertising campaign) are less wanted due to their inherent instability (which is no fun if you need food that week), but would be taken on board anyway.