How To Get Paid Voiceover Work

You work in sports broadcasting so you probably voice a lot of commercials for free. It’s part of your job.

How do you get paid voiceover work?

It’s not as easy as you might think.
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3 Reasons You’re Not a Top Sportscaster

There’s a music documentary that answers a question many sportscasters have:

Why have I not made it to the top?

20 Feet from Stardom is a highly acclaimed documentary about backup singers in the music industry. Even though they are often as talented as the people for whom they’re singing, they stay in the background, always 20 feet from the spotlight.
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Top Tips For Interviewing Coaches After a Loss

Imagine this scene: You’re watching television. Somebody has just won a championship — a Super Bowl, a National Title, the Final Four or something similar. There’s confetti falling. A sportscaster stands atop a podium interviewing the winning players and coaches. People are kissing the championship trophy. Pandemonium. Then they go to commercial, come back from break, and there’s some poor sap standing outside a locker room getting ready to interview the losing coach.

What do you do if that poor sap is you?
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Two Things To Understand BEFORE Signing Your New Contract

Maybe the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life was when I served as an expert witness in a lawsuit filed by a sports broadcaster. He was suing a huge corporate employer over a non-compete clause in his contract.

On one side of the table were the plaintiff’s attorney and I. Opposite us were three exceptionally well-dressed, intimidating looking corporate attorneys. At the head of the table sat the arbitrator.

I was sweating bullets.
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What To Ask Before You Accept That Sportscasting Job Offer…

A sportscaster I know quit three jobs within fourteen months of graduating college. Each of the jobs was a highly coveted position that received dozens of applicants. None of the three, though, moved him appreciably closer to his goal of television play-by-play.

Our friend has all the ability in the world. What he lacks is intent.
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Minor League Baseball Is The Road To Network Broadcasts . . . For Some

A small market TV sports director asked me if minor league baseball is the fastest way to network TV play-by-play for all sports.

Joe Davis and Adam Amin are fabulous TV broadcasters who started their careers in minor league baseball. From their examples, though, many young broadcasters now believe that minor league baseball is the best way to network TV play-by-play.

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Are You Ready To Make A Major Market Move?

My favorite Whitney Houston song is How Will I Know. I had the cassette in college and listened to it often. I mention it because someone asked me, “How will I know when it’s time to go to a major market?”

They then rephrased the question like this, “Is it better to be freelancing and looking for opportunities while living in my desired market, or should I stay where I am and tough it out while pursuing other opportunities?
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