I'm not convinced that the standard advice for getting into this industry: training - demo - home studio - launch, is spot on these days. It's well intentioned, but it's being offered by those that succeeded and for whom it was a good match, what about the thousands of people who never progressed and lost a significant amount of money in the process?
With the many sources of free information out there (*COUGH* VO School Podcast *COUGH*), don’t be too eager to drop a wad of cash straight out of the gate.
There are of course fundamentals that you need in place to do this kind of work, much like a baker needs an oven, we need a way to record ourselves in an environment that sounds good. We also need an understanding of our own abilities and basic business principles. But much of this is free to learn, and that which isn’t shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg and six months of focused study to attain. At least to get to the point where you can begin, that is.
You will learn more in your first month of auditioning and hustling, than you will in six months of conceptualized study.
Don’t get stuck in the expensive cycle of analysis paralysis, get your hands dirty, make a few mistakes, and commit to professional development when you are sure that this is worth committing to.
I'm a British voiceover actor based in the US. I'm host of the VO School podcast and co-chair of VOcation Conference.