By Stephanie Ciccarelli
March 20, 2006
Charging fees for voice work is normal... Right?
As a professional voice talent, it is customary to charge a fee for voice-over work. Not only is it customary, it's essential to put bread on the table for your family.
I would say that this is true for the vast majority of professionals and individuals who aspire to go into this line of work, unfortunately, there are a few apples out there who want to give away voice-over services for free or at ridiculously low prices.
How is an honest professional to feed their family, pay for electricity, and balance their finances with corruption stowing away at the very point of sale?
This is an issue close to our hearts at InteractiveVoices because our service is built upon a business-to-business platform, connecting buyers and sellers of voice-overs.
Before we move ahead, I want to identify the differences between those who actually hold credentials and make their living from recording voice-overs and amateurs who liken themselves to professional voice talents.
First of all, the professional, as is his or her right, sets business standards for themselves and charges fees for their time, work, and skills. This person is also talented and capable of meeting the needs of their clients on creative, technical and business terms.
On the flipside, someone claiming to be a voice talent is missing the mark and misleading clients. Their knowledge of performance, packaging a product, and invoicing clients may be limited. Not only that, they often don't know the worth of a voice-over and charge far less than they should, disturbing the delicate balance of the trade both online and offline.
The jobs falling into the hands of eager amateurs are usually small and local in nature such as telephone recordings and radio commercials.
Whether a job is large or small, high paying or just enough to get you through the week, voice-over work is indeed the bread and butter of the professional voice talent.
When aspiring voice talent give away voice-overs for free, they are generally doing it to build up their portfolio and voice-over resume.
Is there a better way for them to go about gaining experience without working for free? Are there any programs available that exist for this purpose?
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