Ok, in case you don’t know who I am, my name is Frank James Bailey. I’m a voice actor. I do voice overs. I was also making funny videos on Youtube for a while too. I say I WAS because well…let me explain.
I have ALWAYS been the kind of person that wants to have fun while doing my job. I was in radio for 20 years! I loved it! Playing music, talking to people, even making fun of listeners sometimes too…it was a very fun job!
About 2009, when I went into voice overs full-time, I still loved what I did. Being paid to voice a script from the comfort of my own home, what’s NOT to like? It’s just, sometimes there were some voice over jobs I didn’t think were…well, fun.
As I said, I’m a very outgoing guy. Most of the time, I stay positive about everything. Life is to shot to be depressed and NOT have fun! When I first started doing voice overs full time, I wanted to try it all. I found out quickly what I was good at and what I was NOT so good at. For me…narrating audiobooks, ebooks, elearning, and medical narrations are NOT fun. I find them very boring. Now they can pay very well, but unless my “heart” is into it, I don’t really want to do it. Again, these jobs paid pretty good. But it took me a long time to finish these long form narration projects because I kind of didn’t want to do them. Do you know what I mean? Do you remember that feeling you had when you had a horrible job? (Oh My God…I have to go to work AGAIN!) OK…maybe I’m over exaggerating a little. Long form narration wasn’t THAT bad! But still, it wasn’t fun.
I started doing this Youtube show, The Frank Video Show, back in September of 2011. As the views on my show kept growing, I got more and more excited to do more and more shows! The whole point was to someday be a Youtube partner and make some money for doing these videos. (Between $1 - $3 for every 1000 views!) I never got that chance to be partner!
On February 17, (or around then) I was click bombed and my adsense account was disabled. Which means I will NEVER make any money from adsense for doing this fun show I loved to do.
Oh, I could still try and do the show on another web site (like Blip.tv) to try and make money, but…
…I noticed was that my voice overs were taking a back seat. And that’s NOT good.
The good thing is, some people who SAW my little show wanted me to make a video for them! People now want to HIRE me to make videos! Now that’s cool! And…fun!!!
I guess the point I’m trying to make here is, voice overs will ALWAYS be my first job. I know now that I will not do long form narration projects. (audio books, ebooks, elearning, medical narration) There are LOTS of other VO jobs out there that are NOT long form narration.
I want fun jobs like commercials, radio station liners, characters, and so much more. Like I said, I’m a fun, outgoing, and corn-ball type of guy. Hire me to do something fun and you won’t be disappointed!
Oh, and on some occasions, I can even make a video for new clients too. I still can’t believe someone wants to PAY ME to ACT like someone else in front of the camera? (someone has already talked to me about being a spokesperson for their videos. I’ll be an auto mechanic giving tips on car care! And I know NOTHING about cars!!!) Yep…that will really get my creative juices flowing…and sounds like a lot of fun!
By the way…I voice a LOT of Internet videos that are plain and simple reads. I LOVE those because they are short and sweet. They are NOTHING like reading 37 pages of a medical narration Powerpoint. Simple or not, I believe I have a way of bringing “life” to these Internet videos I voice. Besides, 99% of the time, an Internet video is usually 1 - 5 minutes long. If it was any monger you wouldn’t want to watch it, you’d get board. Trust me…I RARELY watch Youtube videos that are OVER 6 minutes long.
Finally, if I don’t do my “show”, The Frank Video Show, anymore it was a good learning experience. It taught me how to create and make videos. I’m sure that will come in handy in the years to come.
Please watch re-runs of my show on Blip.tv. It’s the ONLY place I will ever make any money for it now. The link is below.
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