By Stephanie Ciccarelli
November 4, 2010
You might be wondering just how valuable being hired through Voices.com's SurePay escrow service is.
Hear more about Joe's story and discover a few things that you can do to improve your opportunities for being hired online.
Many of you are actively promoting yourself online via the voice over marketplace and know just how powerful this medium can be for getting heard and hired.
While each voice talents' experience and strategies are different, there are some common threads that contribute greatly to overall success.
Something you might have noticed is that when a talent is hired at Voices.com, their avatar and demo appear on the home page on the Recently Hired List. There are three lists on the home page and the Recently Hired list is the default toggle. Other lists include Favorites and New.
Another strategy to obtain more work is to ask clients to add you to their Favorites. When a talent is added to a client's favorites, you gain a special piece of real estate in their account and in their mind casting wise. One benefit in addition to being saved as a favorite is that these tips of the hat accumulate. Just as success begets success, you begin to rank higher on the Favorites list and are thereby introduced to even more clients who might want to listen to you, save you to their Favorites or request a quote for your services.
Voice over professional Joe McMillan has tapped into a neat strategy for getting work at Voices.com. His work literally begets more work, and because he is running each transaction through Voices.com, he benefits from receiving public feedback ratings and reviews which are displayed on his profile and alongside auditions for client perusal.
In addition to enjoying the benefits of being featured on the home page and receiving feedback ratings and reviews, Joe does a few things that you might find useful in your strategy using Voices.com.
As a veteran of radio, Joe spent 38 years on-air and learned some valuable production and editing skills along the way. 3 years ago, Joe decided to leave radio (and his headphones behind!) and has been doing voice over work full time ever since. During the last 3 years, he's learned a few things and has been honing not only his craft but also the ways he communicates with clients to achieve success.
He values each audition opportunity and sees auditions as a means to keep in shape. When Joe auditions, he knows that with each piece of copy he reads, he is getting better and better. Whenever you invest time and effort into something, it begins to yield fruit.
Being consistent is important in terms of achieving success with regularity. Joe's membership with Voices.com allows him to "speak to the world from Bucksport, Maine," and he's finding that many of the people he's worked with at the site turn into repeat clients.
Some of what Joe is doing consists of:
à¹ Auditioning multiple times a day
à¹ Inviting clients to add him to their Favorites
à¹ Teaching his clients how to leave feedback for him after completing a job
à¹ Responding to a job posting as soon as it arrives
As a result of his efforts, Joe McMillan's demos have been listened to 23,204 times at the time of this writing.
One of the takeaways from our discussion that I found to be particularly interesting was that Joe will give his clients a template of sorts for what they could say in their feedback review for him at Voices.com. He acknowledges that while most don't use what he had prepared, the client does make the effort to leave feedback and appreciates a template to work from to that helps save them time.
If you are doing something that you feel others could benefit from knowing, you're welcome to share!
Looking forward to hearing from you,
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