By Stephanie Ciccarelli
April 19, 2006
You do literally everything where performance and production are concerned, but do your fees reflect that?
As a career voice talent working from either a professional grade home recording studio or a recording facility in a business environment, you wear many hats, some of which are more obvious than others.
Here's a list of the different roles and responsibilities that you have working on your own as a professional voice-over talent:
These services, if performed by several people at a recording studio, a talent agency, or a creative advertising firm would all have premium charges applied to them.
As a voice talent working for yourself wearing all of these hats, you might forget that the service you provide is equal to several different jobs performed by many people who are all being paid for each service they provide.
This brings us to the moment of truth... are you covering all of your costs when you record for a client?
Just because you are an entrepreneur (you own and run your own business) doesn't mean that your work is any less valuable because the client is only paying one person for the work.
Stop to think if you are being paid sufficiently and making a profit or if you are losing money, helping to fund other peoples projects.
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