The creative arts industry is one of the most rewarding and exciting to be a part of but it can also be expensive to acquire the resources necessary to build and maintain a top-quality studio, refresh your demos, and learn new skills.
As freelancers, one of our challenges is finding the additional income and capital needed to grow our businesses besides the daily requirement of auditioning and marketing to find voice-over work.
Thankfully, Its' also a generous industry. Many individuals and businesses seek ways to give back to an industry that has rewarded them so handsomely.
Here is a brief guide to some of the scholarships, contests,and giveaways out there that can help expand your business.
The Ultimate VO Survivor Contest This is a voice-over competition where you apply to be on the show competing in different categories (1. Commercial/Promo- 2. Narration/Documentary/Audiobook -3. Animation/Gaming). The winners receive amazing prizes worth thousands of dollars. The final this year is down to 6 contestants and will air on the Get Mic'd website or Facebook page on Wednesday, November 24, 7-10 pm EST.
Voice Talent online has offered their scholarships now for 3 years. These are open to any enrolled university student worldwide. The scholarship entails writing a blog and this year, 3 individual scholarships are being offered for a combined total of $3000. The deadline is January 31, 2022.
SAG-AFTRA Members and family are eligible for a handful of scholarships available for study at accredited and licensed universities, colleges, adult specialty trade, and vocational schools. Their scholarship application opens on Dec 1 and closes on May 31, 2022.
VO Atlanta – Although it will be their last conference this spring, VO Atlanta usually hosts several scholarships in conjunction with VO peeps. Their scholarships are generally announced at the beginning of the year and limited to the first 50 applicants. Like many conferences and expos, there is usually a closing ceremony where lots of amazing voice-over prizes are handed out to the attendees.
SOVAS scholarship The prestigious SOVAs awards offers a chance at a scholarship to those who sign up for their November Expo. You can fill out an application yourself or nominate someone for this.