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When voice-over talent and clients use an agent or casting service, they can typically expect to pay a fee of 10 to 20 percent for agency services. But when voice-over talent and clients use the pay-to-play site of Voices.com (referred to as VDC in this article), the overall amount of fees charged has become a bit of a mystery as of late.
The VDC fees topic has been brought up recently:
This is Part 2 in a series on the advantages of hiring professional narration voiceover talent for your business narration projects. Please also read Part 1, “Voiceover Narration: Do It Yourself or Pay for a Pro?”
No one wants to lose the audience for their corporate video after only a sentence or two, so a pleasant, listener-friendly voice is a must for effective narration. It is also the top reason to hire a full-time VO pro outlined in part one of our series.
Reason #2, also discussed in the previous article, is the ability to produce a » Continue Reading.
Your corporation could have one, two or even dozens of video ideas in your lineup, from how-to instructional videos to those providing a description of your company or a rundown on specific services or products. You may also have an in-house team that typically takes care of all your production needs.
But, is that team using a voice that can really “cut it” when it comes to keeping your viewers fully engaged?
Extremely limited budgets. No need for top quality. Filler or disposable work. These are three scenarios I outlined in Part 1 of this two-part article to show that cut-rate pricing sites like Fiverr may have a place in the voice-over world. And no matter how much the experienced, professional, full-time voice-over talent protests, the reality is that Fiverr and similar sites are probably here to stay, at least for now.
I have my doubts as to whether this “gig economy” model is truly a sustainable trend or a passing fad. The jury is still out. » Continue Reading.
Fiverr has been bashed repeatedly since its inception in 2010, thanks to its premise of selling voice-over recordings, and anything else you may need, for a mere $5. Fellow voice-over pros have bemoaned everything from the “digital slave wages” it offers to the smarmy feeling they’d be sure to get if they ever stooped so low as to take Fiverr-type gig.
“Personally, if I did a VO for $5, I’d wanna go take a shower right away,” writes Vegas-based voice-over actor Dave Courvoisier, “or be so disgusted with the whole business that I’d » Continue Reading.
I’m one of those people who never gets sick. Well, hardly ever. So when what I assumed was the flu took me down early last week, I thought I was going to have to do my usual routine and just power through it. That’s what has always worked on those rare occasions when I feel a bug trying to get me.
It’s also the mindset that has come to permeate much of the nation, especially those in my generation who grew up with hard-working Midwestern ethics. We push through no matter what, getting the jobs done we said we’d » Continue Reading.
I was chatting with my young teenage daughter this weekend about the pressures life brings. Even as a kid, there’s that pressure to get good grades, be accepted by your peers, make the team, win the game/race, get cast in the high school musical, and so on.
Pressure seems to start younger these days than it did for my generation. I don’t recall being so aware of the kind of pressure that most kids appear to feel in today’s world.
Competition and the ever-increasing abilities of young people to perform at higher and higher levels in every area are » Continue Reading.
I’m always fascinated by artists… Of all kinds. This weekend, I was a spectator at Art Beat, a showcase of local artists in my community here in the Midwest.
Represented on several blocks of downtown real estate on a rainy Saturday was everything from dance, music and theatre, to culinary arts, painting, ceramics, sculpture and creative writing. My daughter even got in on the act, with her musical and writing talents being showcased at a couple of the booths.
Artists Face a Unique Set of Challenges on the Road to Success
An artist » Continue Reading.
Whether you’re a seasoned professional in the VO world, or brand-new to the game, a common denominator for all of us, is that we’re in this business to get paid for doing something we’re good at and that we enjoy.
But how much do we really want to be paid?
Everyone has their own set of parameters and goals, depending on a variety of factors. Many voice-over talents are content to make an extra few thousand dollars per year. On the other end of the spectrum, you have full-time voice talent who have built their » Continue Reading.
When I hear the word “sensuous,” I usually think of things like steamy novels, bubble baths and fleece blankets. But a documentary I narrated for the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association (ASR) did it’s very best to add another item to the sensuous list: the steam locomotive.
Entitled “Fire Up 2100: A New Chapter,” the documentary contained a quote from author William Young, who referred to the steam locomotive as:
“One of the most sensuous machines ever devised.”
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Young’s quote » Continue Reading.