An actor friend emailed last week to ask some questions about voiceover equipment. She wants to pursue voiceover work and wants to start by creating a studio for home recording. Not only is that a huge financial investment, I think it's a lousy place to start.
First of all, the actor in question has never done voiceover work before, or even taken a class. So she doesn't know if she has an aptitude for it, or if it's work she'll enjoy. Second, and more important, you don't get voiceover work by having a studio (although it can definitely increase your opportunities), you get voiceover work by having quality demos. You wouldn't get hired to work on a film just because you owned a camera, would you? You get hired because of your reel and your audition. Voiceover demos are the reel for voiceover work.
And, there's a cool website - Voicebank - where agencies post their clients demos, and anyone can listen to them - it's a great way to get to understand the format, what the trends are, etc. So start listening!