An Insider Look at the Voiceover Industry: Where Voice Actors Live, Work + How Much They Really Make

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This week’s episode of the VO School Podcast is all about data. More specifically, a survey conducted by and for voice actors: where they live and work, how much money they make, where do they find work, etc. Joining me on the podcast are voice actors Carin Gilfry, Joey Schaljo, Maria Pendolino, and Eric Yang to discuss the hundreds of responses that were collected from voice actors around the world. 

Explaining more about the survey and how the data was analyzed, Gilfry explains, “Have you ever wondered about the real data of the voiceover industry? How much money are people earning? Where are most people finding work? Does someone have to live in New York or LA to be successful? Does a voice actor need to join the union? Many of us have wondered the same thing.

“So a group of independent voice actors got together and decided to put together a survey to find these answers, and more. The State of Voiceover in 2021 Survey provides a deep dive into the data of the VO industry.... The results are pretty astonishing.”

Gilfry, a well-known voice actor and community leader, spearheaded the survey project and is also the founder of Voice Actors of NYC and co-chair of the VOcation Conference. Barth is a web designer, the director of operations/project manager at, and designed the State of Voiceover in 2021 website. Yang is a voice actor and the survey’s data analyst. Pendolino is a voice actor, writer, and master negotiator who has taught classes and conference sessions about knowing your worth. Schaljo is a voice actor and lover of numbers and data who helped shape the survey questions on the survey.

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Jamie Muffett
Jamie Muffett is a British voice actor and podcast producer based in Philadelphia. Jamie is best known for playing Thatcher in “Rainbow Six Siege” and has voiced for clients including NBC, ESPN, Warner Brothers, Microsoft, and National Geographic. He also produces Backstage’s “In The Envelope” podcast. For more information:
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