By Stephanie Ciccarelli
November 2, 2009
Ever wanted to know more about the casting side of the business from a client perspective?
Today, I'm sharing an interview I did with Jordy Wax of Contrast Films, letting you in on his very first experience at Voices.com, some surprises, and also why he hired the person he did and how you can position yourself as the ideal candidate for the job.
VOX: Thank you for joining me here on VOX Daily, Jordy! I was excited to hear from my colleague Ben Jackson that you had a wonderful experience at Voices.com recently when you posted a job to hire a voice talent. How did you come to find Voices.com and why did you choose our service?
JORDY WAX: I was referred to voices.com by a friend, and after listening to a few demos, I decided to post a job.
VOX: There are a number of ways to search for talent at the site and I was curious to learn why you chose to post a job. What were the immediate benefits in your opinion that led you to post a casting call?
JW: Since this was a rush job I was posting, I didn't have time to search for talent. I found it easier to have the talent come to me.
VOX: Your project (Job ID 16283) was a safety script for a promotional video that required a straight read with an element of excitement! Did you favour custom demos (recorded samples of your script) over generic samples? Why or why not?
JW: I absolutely favored the custom samples! Hearing my name and my client's name in the sample was a big plus to me. Plus, customized samples helped me visualize the project when I got to hear parts of my script.
VOX: When you were reviewing your submissions did you find that the most favourable responses had anything in common with each other? If so, what was it about these responses that made them most appealing to you?
JW: Again, the submissions that caught my attention were the customized samples. It also caught my attention to hear the talent talk to me about the sample before it was read.
VOX: Was there anything that surprised you when using the site? If so, please elaborate.
JW: The biggest surprise for me was the insanely awesome turnaround time! I posted the job, and within 4 hours of it being approved I had a final product. Whoa.
VOX: You mentioned to Ben on the phone that a number of voice talent emailed you trying to entice you to do business outside of Voices.com in order to avoid paying the SurePay fee and save 10%. In response, you told them that you preferred to pay through our escrow service! Why did you pay the escrow fee and what are the benefits of doing so as a client seeking voice over services online?
JW: I like the idea of the escrow service. It gave me peace of mind knowing there wasn't a risk in paying new talent without getting a product I wanted.
VOX: Drumroll, please.... what in particular made Kyle Wilson stand out? Was there anything he did differently that made you gravitate toward hiring him? In other words, what let you know that Kyle was the right person to hire and to record the voice over?
JW: Kyle stood out because his voice sounded genuine and professional, without the "epic radio" sound. While I love those types of voices, that wasn't what this project called for. Kyle really knocked the sample out of the park, and it was a no-brainer for me to go with him.
VOX: This was your first experience using Voices.com and I'm thrilled that things worked out so beautifully for you. Based upon the service received, would you use Voices.com again and or recommend us to others? Why or why not?
JW: I have another script that will be finalized very shortly, and I will definitely being using voices.com again. The wide variety of professional talent, paired with quick turnaround time, makes for a great service!
We love video. Simple as that. So whether you're in need of a music video, corporate video, or event coverage, we've got you covered. We offer production to fit budgets of all sizes.
Every day, people like Jordy Wax come to Voices.com to achieve their goals and we're thrilled that we can serve them. We're also grateful for our talent who help us to deliver on our promise, ensuring that all who come in search of the perfect voice have their needs met, and more often than not, their expectations exceeded!
If you have any comments or thoughts to share, you're invited to join the conversation.
StephanieRelated Topics: Contrast Films, hired, Jordy Wax, Kyle Wilson, narration, radio, video, voice overs, Voices.com
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