Jobs That Are Harder Than They Look

Save yourself some time and learn before you leap into these four careers.

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But first, you have to support your voice-over career. The start-up costs really add up, and it will soon become very clear that voice-over work isn't just you talking into someone else's microphone.

If you're going to have a real career as a voice-over artist, it helps to have your own equipment to produce and edit your voice-overs, says Jones, who adds that good headphones cost around $300 to $400, and recording and editing software can be anywhere from $500 to $1,500, assuming you have a good computer to run it on. Sound treatment (materials that help with the acoustics) can cost anywhere from $100 to $1,000, and she says, "I also think it's critical to have a professional-done voice-over demo, and that can cost between $500 to $1,500." You can produce your own, but if you're new, she says, "You won't know what you're doing yet."

So if you're desperate for cash, this isn't a get-rich-quick career. If you want to ease into something, and don't mind spending serious time learning the craft, it may work out as well for you as it has for Jones, who says: "I've grown busier every year. This year has been amazingly busy so far."