If you’re a voice artist and you’re frustrated with voice seekers, I don’t blame you. The online voice over hiring process is a bit broken. Whose bright idea was it to try to hire voice artists by reducing them to keywords? Steam blown off, phew! Either way, voice artists get a lot of sympathy from me, as long as they’re taking responsibility for their side of the equation. Sadly, not all voice over artists do that. Here are three ways voice artists shoot themselves in the foot. We can’t blame evil voice seekers for any of these slip-ups — voice actors, unfortunately, bring them on themselves!
- When auditioning, you are given the opportunity to include a brief proposal, your MP3 demo and a price quote for the voice seeker to review. So when every response you send out to voice seekers is the same. You write template responses that don’t even mention a ballpark figure from the information given and don’t ask questions when necessary. That’s not only ineffective, it’s huge disservice to you and the voice seeker. Most voice seekers are just busy and some lack the knowledge of how the voice over industry works. So it is your responsibility to give responses that will illicit the correct response from the voice seeker. A persuasive and relevant note will catch more eyes quickly than even the most creative demo. Remember, you have complete control and freedom to charge whatever you want for your services.
- Asking for more than the allocated budget. When a voice seeker posts a job on Piehole, they will select a budget range or state a fixed budget, meaning a flat fee for the work. Some do not even post a budget, that’s were you can go wild and quote what your heart desires. But broadly speaking, it’s best to submit your quote within the range of the voice seeker’s budget. Maybe if you get them to visit your personal website, and they really love your work, you can have wiggle room to negotiate a fee you feel is most appropriate. If you don’t have this option, stick to the brief or pass on the job. Remember, we do not share or take a fee from any money you are paid for your voice over service. We also do not restrict you from directing voice seekers to you own domain.
- Not offering to record a small section of the script. If there is a script attached to the job posting, we recommend recording a portion of the client’s script for auditioning purposes. To upload a custom demo or file that is not available in your Demos, click on the “Attach Mp3” button below your response to locate the file on your computer hard drive. If the voice seeker hasn’t attached a script, mention your willingness to record a portion of the script if its available. Also, you can send an MP3 that you have already uploaded to your Profile instead of uploading a new demo. This saves you time and makes the auditioning process an enjoyable experience.
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