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When talking too much means money

Move over call centres, voice over industry is booming these day. Most voice-over artist earn upto a lakh per month.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 12:39 IST

Your voice may just be your passport to a career that's rewarding both creatively and monetarily.

From tele-promts - voice that you hear in case a mobile phone is switched off - to lending your voice for corporate films, dubbing for Hollywood flicks to channel promos, jingles and jockeying, airline announcements, kid voices , mimicky and live events - the options for a voice-over-artist are far and many.

Most voice-over artist pursue this on a full-time basis earning upto a lakh per month, depending on the talent of the artist and the quantum of work avaliable.

"Of late, two important myths have been been broken. First, that all good work either happens in English or has to be serious and second, that only a rich baritone voice can make a for a success story, " says Arshad Eqbal, a well-known voice-over artist.

"Ameen Sayani and Suresh Oberoi had great voices that were distinct voices but lacked the versitality of Saeed Jaffery or Amitabh Bachchan who have tremendous range, control and ability to play around with their voice, " says Eqbal.

However, he says that the former is useful for TV narration and commentary while variety is essential for television.

Agrees Rashid Raza, who has lent his voice to several corporate films " These are times of specialisation and you've got to realise your niche.