Toronto – What kind of a future does 2009 hold in store for voice overs and the language services industry? Quite a bright one indeed according to the 2009 Report (PDF) released by the experts at Voices.com, revealing that $10.9 billion was spent in 2008 on language services and voice recording, an industry that is expected to grow by 7.5% to $11.7 billion in 2009. Voices.com is an online workplace that connects buyers with sellers of voice over and audio recording services.
Alongside rising sales for MP3 players, mobile phones and gaming consoles, the demand for voice acting in podcasts, audiobooks and video games has naturally increased as a result, becoming even more relevant to everyday consumers as the applications soar in popularity and reach new market demographics.
In addition to voice overs being more sought after, the number of people seeking careers in voice acting is also growing, as documented in a 1200% increase noted over 5 months in a Facebook.com group dedicated to professional voice actors called The Voice Acting Hub, confirming a steady climb regarding the breadth of people around the world who are either practicing the craft or entering the field.