This post was sponsored by Voices.com.
You've probably heard the phrase “voice over artist” before. But when you think of people doing voice over work, you most likely picture them in a studio away from home somewhere, speaking into a microphone in a professional setting. And yes, sometimes that is how it works.
But not all the time.
In fact, thousands of people are doing voice over work 100 percent from their homes. They are working whenever they want, and, in many cases, setting their own rates for lending their voices! And they're finding the work through Voices.com.
Voices.com is an award-winning business that has been connecting voice talent with companies and brands who need it since 2004. They currently have around 250,000 registered users worldwide (roughly 125,000 people posting jobs and 125,000 people seeking voice-over work), and employ over 100 people.
On average, Voices.com has 3,000 to 4,000 voice over jobs posted on their site each month.
Types of Jobs Posted on Voices.com
If you decide to sign up and be part of the voice talent community at Voices.com, you'll find a variety of different jobs to audition for. Voices.com often has clients needing voice talent for audio books, e-learning videos, TV spots, video games, mobile apps, film projects, and more.
The Process of Signing Up and Finding Work on Voices.com
Anyone can sign up to offer voice talent at Voices.com. You can create a free account, providing just your name, email, phone number, username, and password. Voices.com regularly needs people who speak different languages with various dialects, so you can register no matter where you are at in the world, or what language you speak.
There is an also an option to upgrade your membership to Premium, which costs $399 a year. This isn't necessary in order to get work through Voices.com, but does give you many more opportunities to choose from among some additional features. Premium members get better profile ranking in Voices.com search, the ability to audition for jobs posted publicly rather than just via private invitation, and the option to download exclusive eBooks and webinars among other things.
Once you're signed up, you can begin building your profile. You should make sure it is as accurate and complete as it can be since this is what will “sell” you to people looking for voice over talent.
Your profile will include basic information such as your name, age, gender, location, and languages, a head shot, and — most important — demos in the form of MP3 files to showcase your talent to potential clients.
How to Complete a Voice Over Audition
After you've set up your profile, you may begin to get private invitations for voice over work to your inbox or, if you're a Premium member, you can actually go and audition for publicly posted jobs.
To submit your audition, you simply send a brief message to the client, quote your rate, and then read a portion of the script and record the audio from your home studio. You can then attach your completed MP3 file and send it back.
Clients are free to leave ratings and reviews on your profile after working with you, and the higher your review rating is, the more likely you will be to impress the next interested client. The star rating from your past feedback will show up on your profile, so you'll want to make sure it stays as high as possible by always providing quality files.
How Much to Charge For Your Voice Over Talent
Voices.com gives you complete freedom regarding what you earn and lets you set your own rates for the work you complete. If you're new to doing voice over work, you might find it tricky to figure out what to charge.
According to Voices.com, the amount should vary depending on the type of project you're doing, the length of your recordings, and other factors. They have a handy rate sheet here to help you determine what range your rates should fall under. These rates vary from $100 to as much as $2,000 per project, but some larger projects have almost unlimited potential.
Regardless, you have the freedom to charge what you think is fair.
How Voices.com Pays You
With “middleman” sites like Voices.com where they are essentially the go-between for you and your clients, there is sometimes concern about a client not paying for work you've completed. Fortunately, Voices operates with an escrow system where they accept the money from the client prior to hiring you. This guarantees that you will be compensated for work done once the client has approved your file, since Voices.com is holding the money.
Voices.com sends out payments every week on Fridays via PayPal. If for some reason you cannot use PayPal, there is also an option to be paid via paper check in the mail.
Voices.com has made an effort to ensure that their voice over artists can always feel engaged and involved in what's going on. They have major presences on both Facebook and LinkedIn, and their customer service department is extremely responsive and able to quickly handle any issues that arise.
You can see several other ways to become involved here.
How To Get Started
You can go here to set up your account at Voices.com and begin filling out your profile. Good luck to you!