By Stephanie Ciccarelli
May 7, 2009
David and I delivered an interactive presentation that shares how members of Voices.com can get the most out of the service and gave some power tips that make a world of difference.
Giving the presentation was so much fun! I'm excited to share some of the highlights with you now.
Even if you are already doing much of what is mentioned, you'll probably find something new that you haven't explored or tried, so dig in!
This year we decided to place more of an emphasis on how our members can get the most out of Voices.com, including power tips for marketing your voice that will make a world of difference.
During the presentation, we discussed:
à¹ Creating Your Profile
à¹ Uploading Your Demos
à¹ Auditioning for Job Opportunities
à¹ Accepting Payment
à¹ Delivering Files
Describing your voice
Describing your voice may seem a bit of a chore but you must remember that it is often the description of your voice that sells your talent first. Text is visual and easier to take in whereas audio requires taking the step to listen. A good description of your voice is gold. Your description should be brief yet telling, accurate, and easy to digest.
Selecting your "Primary Language", adding accents and dialects
When you are featuring your voice and capabilities, it's important to let clients know what language you speak primarily and also which accents and or dialects you are able to perform.
Highlight your experience
Experience can include anything you've done that would support your voice over career or business. I've heard someone in casting say that they consider education to be experience. If you are a new voice over talent and feel that you don't have much to show for yourself as a voice talent yet, including your education, any training, volunteer work or projects you've created promoting your voice count for something and look better than leaving the field in your profile blank.
Profile Power Tips
Upload MP3 demos
If you upload an MP3 demo, your file will play beautifully in the flash players at Voices.com. Do not upload any other file format and expect it to work because it won't! This goes for auditions, too. Only submit MP3s.
Select a category for each demo to get featured in the Directory
Once you have uploaded your demo, you will be able to choose a category to feature it in. Pick the category that best represents what's on your audio file, for instance, if you have uploaded auto attendants and on-hold messaging for telephone system recordings, choose the Telephone category.
Choose one demo as your "Primary Demo"
If you have multiple demos uploaded (more than one), it will be necessary to identify one of your demos as the audio sample you want to appear in name-based searches. When a client looks for you by name, this will be the demo they hear.
Demo Power Tips
à¹ Name your demos appropriately
à¹ Add tags (descriptive words) to each demo
à¹ Make sure you feature only your best work
Make sure your profile is complete
As you may know, all of the job notifications you receive are based upon the information that you have listed in your profile. Any preferences you have selected also determine what kind of jobs you receive. By completing all aspects of your profile, you'll be opening the door for more opportunities to come rolling your way through job invitations and also via the Voices.com search engine.
Only audition for jobs you are suited for
Inevitably, there will be jobs that you are notified of that match your profile on paper but aren't necessarily a perfect fit in practice. If you read the requirements for a job and feel that it's not your cup of tea or that you don't meet some of the casting specifications, there is no harm in passing on the audition.
By only submitting for jobs that you are best suited for, you stand a better chance of being hired and or making a good impression on the person who is hiring.
Audition Power Tips
Clients pay using SurePay at Voices.com
In response to the needs of our customers, both client and voice talent, we developed a payment gateway that ensures clients are satisfied with the work and that voice talent get paid for their services.
SurePay protects both clients and talent
When you're doing business online, especially doing business for the first time with someone you don't know, it is a comfort to have something in place that protects both the buyer and seller, ensuring smooth sailing for both parties. As a neutral party, Voices.com is able to mediate should a dispute ever arise between voice talent and clients at the site who are using our payment service. We've found that dispute resolution is required in about 1 in 10,000 jobs.
Funds are released to talent once clients approve the files
When your client receives the files to review and is happy with them, they click "I accept" which notifies Voices.com that the client has released their payment.
Outlines the scope of work
A work agreement must be uploaded by a voice talent upon a client awarding them a job. When a client awards a job, it's time to get all of the details from the initial proposal into a work agreement that confirms all that you said you'd be able to do for the client.
Confirms important details
Your work agreement will spell out the nitty gritty of your project, confirming details such as when the work will be finished by, the format you'll be delivering it in, the quote and any other particulars.
Is a binding contract
Once completed and uploaded to Voices.com, your client will need to accept the work agreement in order to continue, verifying all that you have proposed. This is a binding contract which you have both agreed to. This is also information that our team at Voices.com is privy to. If need be, we can refer to this work agreement to assist you at any stage of the project's completion.
Upload your files to the work space at Voices.com
Once you have recorded for your client, the next step is to upload the finished audio to your work space at Voices.com.
File limit is 100MB
100MB is a generous amount for delivering files. Most projects come in under 100MB.
Click "Send File"
Just as easy as it sounds. When you're finished uploading your file(s), click "Send File".
Many people prefer to use SurePay because it makes it easier to do business and getting feedback is an important part of that process to build trust and credibility. Briefly:
à¹ Jobs completed through SurePay are eligible to receive feedback
à¹ Client rates experience
à¹ Talent rates experience
à¹ Feedback consists of a 5-star rating and a review
If you have any questions about how this works or would like to read more about the various aspects of Voices.com, scroll back up and click on the blue hyperlinked words to visit articles concentrating on particular features or topics of interest.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Stephanie and David
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