Actors make millions doing voiceovers, why can't you?

Famous actors make huge bucks doing voiceovers
Famous actors make huge bucks doing voiceovers

Advertisers have hit on a way to make Hollywood's wealthy even wealthier: hire them to do voiceovers for commercials. Stars such as Kiefer Sutherland (Bank of America), Gene Hackman (Lowe's), and Morgan Freeman (VISA) can bank anywhere from $200,000 to a million bucks for providing their dulcet tones and actor image to an ad spot. Residuals can bring in every more money.

However, there are thousands of actors making good money in the voiceover industry who are not celebrities. I had a chance to talk by phone with two representatives from the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. I asked Treslyn Williams, the director of commercials for AFTRA Los Angeles, what avenue one would follow to get gigs in this field.