One of the biggest myths in the voiceover business is that you absolutely need a talent agent to succeed. This could not be further from the truth. Talent agents are terrific and I have a great working relationship with my agent in Minneapolis. Still, most of the business I get booked for is directly with producers, business owners, video production directors inside corporations, eLearning companies and more.
You can go through your entire career, never get on a talent agency roster, and still make a great living doing voiceovers. Now, will it be possible to book a national TV commercial for Cheerios without a talent agent? Chances would be slim, which is why I would still recommend getting an agent if you can, but there are still endless opportunities out there to work with a client directly. Make sure you get a professionally produced demo because whether you end up with agency representation or not, a potential VO buyer will always ask you for one.