By Stephanie Ciccarelli
April 24, 2008
Did you know that over 25 jobs are submitted to Voices.com every day but only 18 on average are approved?
We want to see that number change and are looking for your feedback.
Read this article and then add a comment sharing your thoughts to let us know how you feel!
Job Posting Procedure
Voices.com has an exceptionally thorough process for approving jobs. Some of you may not be aware of just how very meticulous we are.
Once a job is submitted for consideration, our team:
1. Reviews the job details
2. Edits any spelling or grammatical errors
3. Researches company background and adds this to the job posting details
4. Follows up with the clients by phone and email for any missing information
5. Approves the job which triggers email notifications inviting you to audition at Voices.com
You may notice that this is the complete opposite of the automated process that is practiced at other voice over sites.
The Issue at Hand
Because we are so thorough and standards for job budgets are so high, some of these opportunities are passed over and not approved, generally because they have a budget that veteran voice actors are affronted by...
Those jobs, which we paid for or gained through our marketing efforts, then leave our website and are posted elsewhere and the client is lost, which from a business point of view is unacceptable and must be resolved.
Although not picture perfect for seasoned pros, those same jobs that we denied would be perfect for people who need opportunities for work and are aspiring to be a full-time voice actor.
When a client posts a job at Voices.com, they are required to choose from a range of budgets, the minimum being USD$100-$250.
We've seen an increase in the number of jobs and are also pleased to share that there has also been an increase of $1000-$5000 jobs.
Jobs Whose Financial Specifications Don't Meet the Mark
Many projects we receive meet the minimum $100-$250 budget, however there are some jobs that fall below the per page or per word average pay rates and cannot be approved using our present guidelines.
NOTE: These projects are ideal for new voice talent who want to get their feet wet in some real paid work.
By Approving Those Jobs, it Would:
1. Increase the number of opportunities available
2. Provide people with more work
3. Help us to build more client relationships
4. Open the door to further educate people about budgeting and working with professionals
5. Consolidate all of the online job opportunities for voice over at Voices.com
Voices.com Secures Professionals Work
We focus our marketing efforts on attracting large projects with the opportunity for renewing contracts. These are specifically suited for professionals as you have the experience and equipment required to deliver exactly what the client is looking for.
As was mentioned earlier, there are budget ranges that are used at Voices.com that match up certain kinds of projects with typical compensation. For those of you who are selective about the kind of work you do for how much your charge, it is in your best interest to take a good look at the chart below and commit those ranges to memory.
If you see something in an email notification that doesn't jive with what you personally would expect to be compensated, you are welcome to pass on the lead.
Instead of lamenting the fact that the opportunity doesn't appeal to you (which is a waste of time and emotional energy), put your time to good use voicing work or drumming up new business.
Getting the Most out of Email Notifications
Save time by learning how to match the category with the budget range.
Audio Books 500 - 10000
Business and Corporate Videos 250 - 1000
Character and Cartoon Voices 250 - 1000
Educational Videos 250 - 1000
Language and Translation 500 - 10000
Jingles 250 - 1000
Movie Trailers 500 - 10000
Music Production 500 - 10000
Narration and Documentaries 250 - 1000
Podcasts and Podcasting Voices 100 - 500
Radio Commercials 100 - 500
Radio Station Imaging 100 - 500
Telephone System Recordings 100 - 500
Television Commercials 250 - 1000
Television Station Imaging 250 - 1000
Video Game Voices 250 - 1000
If the email notification indicates a budget that's lower than expected, you have the ability to move on and forget about it!
Managing Your Email Notification Preferences
For others, it may be in your best interest to specify what type of job postings you wish to receive based on budget range. You can choose to receive only leads with specified budgets by visiting your Preferences area under My Account to modify these settings.
Customers of Voices.com know that we value our relationships with them. Voices.com has a mission to work with both clients (those who post jobs) and voice actors (the talent who fulfill the need), educating along the way and providing the best possible experience for everyone involved.
While it may seem that the majority of our efforts are central to our voice acting customers, take a walk in the shoes of a client to discover all of the support we provide to those who post jobs and hire talent at Voices.com.
It may shock you!
How Do You Feel About What We've Presented?
Add a comment below.
Stephanie and the Voices.com Team
BEFORE YOU COMMENT - READ THIS POST SCRIPT:
Voices.com will NOT post jobs that have budgets less than $100. Voices.com will not post free or pro bono jobs with zero budgets!
You can also filter your email notifications by budget range.
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