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How To Make VoiceMatch Work For You

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

October 31, 2011

Comments (9)

Opportunity sign with a bright blue sky in the backgroundAre you interested in increasing your VoiceMatch scores?

How about getting more opportunities at Voices.com?

I've compiled some tips on how you can not only see more auditions coming your way but to also be better matched.

Find out more in today's VOX Daily!

3 Tips For Maximizing Your VoiceMatch

If I could give you some guidance for ways to boost your opportunities and increase your VoiceMatch scores, this would be it!

1. Complete your profile
2. Have unique demos in each category
3. Tag your demos

You can edit your profile to include more information and better highlight your talents.

Complete Your Profile

I don't think we can stress this enough. Completed profiles help clients know what you are able to do for them and also help to determine the kinds of jobs you are invited to submit for. If you've ever taken part in one of our webinars, you know how greatly a completed profile can impact your experience at Voices.com.

Four areas to pay specific attention to include:

๏ Email preferences (budget ranges for jobs, etc.)
๏ Languages
๏ Ages
๏ Skills (categories of work)

As you know, we're still working on some things to do with how VoiceMatch works. This includes preferences to do with receiving emails for jobs as it pertains to budget ranges.

In future your Budget Range email preferences:

๏ will not affect which jobs you are invited to (although it will affect your VoiceMatch score)
๏ will be used to filter which jobs to EMAIL you about
๏ will be used to filter which jobs you see in your list - but if you change the setting you will see the budget-filtered jobs reappear

Demos Galore!

Do you have enough demos uploaded to your profile? If you have 3 or fewer voice samples, you might want to consider recording more demos and uploading them to your account at Voices.com.

Maybe you have a number of demos but they all fall under the same category. If you find that one or more of your demos could fit in multiple categories, edit your demos to spread the wealth. For instance, categories such as Documentary and Internet could be considered interchangeable depending on the contents of the demo.

Our search engine searches your demos. Being listed in more categories will help you to show up for additional searches as well as provide you with a boost to your VoiceMatch.

Tagging Strategically

In the past we encouraged you to have between 3 and 5 tags per demo. We are now encouraging talent to include up to 10 tags per demo to help increase your VoiceMatch scores and search visibility in light of this new feature.

Something else you can and should do is diversity your tags. Make sure that your tags vary from demo to demo and try to incorporate as many diverse tags as possible that relate to your voice samples.

Please Note

Applying these recommendations will not change your existing VoiceMatch scores for jobs you were already invited to. VoiceMatch scores are calculated at the time of an invitation being sent and do not change.

Similarly, if you update your profile with new information, jobs relevant to what you added will be sent to you on a go-forward basis because invitations for those jobs have already gone out.

Lastly, VoiceMatch does not take the text a client includes in the the body of the job posting (also known as the Work Description) or any attached documents such as the script into account. As such, you'll get the odd match here and there because of an accent or bilingual jobs. Clients can only pick one language at a time per job posting so if they are seeking a bilingual talent you may see postings of that nature requiring two languages come through at present even though you may only speak one of them.

Naturally, we're working on VoiceMatch and appreciate your patience as well as any suggestions you might have for how we can further improve.

Thanks for reading!

Best wishes,

Stephanie

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Comments


    Forgive me if you already stated this but, does the employer see the voice match score?

    Posted by:

      Hi Jill,

      No problem! You are correct to say that employers do not see VoiceMatch scores.

      With warm regards,

      Stephanie

      Posted by:

        I find the voice-match system interesting, but am wondering how, exactly, the scores are compiled. I have booked three jobs in the past 2 days, all of which had a voice-match of 85%. Most of the auditions that have been "liked" in my answered folder are likewise in the 85% margin. Just wondering if these "likes" can be factored in as well.

        Posted by:

          Hi Deborah,

          The Likes are indicators of if a client may be considering you for the job and do not affect the VoiceMatch score as it is calculated before you even audition.

          Here's a link about positive feedback indicators:

          http://blogs.voices.com/voxdaily/2011/11/positive_feedback_indicators.html

          Thank you for commenting!

          Best wishes,

          Stephanie

          Posted by:
          • Stephanie Ciccarelli
          • November 24, 2011 10:48 AM

            Great tips here. It's amazing how the small things can make such a big difference when it comes to marketing and getting noticed.

            Posted by:
            • Lonny
            • November 30, 2011 3:07 PM

              How do you tag your demos? I think I know how but want to make certain I get it right.

              Posted by:

                Hi Mike,

                Thank you for commenting! I hope my reply finds you well. You can tag your demos when you are editing a file at Voices.com.

                http://www.voices.com/talent/demos

                If logged in, the link above will take you to where you can see your demos. When you click to edit a demo (you do so by clicking on the demo's name), you will be given the opportunity to select from a number of adjectives. Once you've found adjectives that best describe the voice sample and spots on your demo, be sure to save your changes. If you'd like to remove any tags, you can click on the "x" beside a selected adjective to the right of the scrolling menu.

                I hope this helps!

                Best wishes,

                Stephanie

                Posted by:

                  I seem to get plenty of opportunities to audition, I'd like to be more targeted in which ones I respond to. I would like to see improved metrics that will help me make an educated guess as to the probability my audition will actually be heard by the voice seeker?

                  Often times by sunrise here on the west coast 100+ of my voice over colleagues have already submitted their auditions. I assume that the order of auditions presented to the voice seeker is in a first to submit first on the audition list order. However, it is my understanding that my audition would be placed above those with a lesser subscription level than mine and above those within my subscription level that have a lesser match percentage, is this true?

                  If I'm correct about that, why couldn't that data be presented to me as a prospective voice talent? This would help me determine at any given point in time if it would warrant my time submitting an audition?

                  If I knew...say...that of the 100+ auditions received so far and haven't been listened to by the voice seeker 50 are say Premium subscribers like me and of those 40 have a match score of 90% or below than I could see submitting an audition as I would move to approximately #11 on the audition list order.

                  On the other hand if I knew that of the 100+ auditions received thus far that 25 are Platinum subscribers with high match scores and there are say 50 Premium subscribers with high match scores I might make a decision to pass on the opportunity.

                  Posted by:

                    Hi Bruce,

                    Thank you for commenting, for sharing your thoughts and for your questions.

                    To clarify, membership level does not determine how auditions are presented to the client nor has this ever been how Voices.com has ordered audition submissions.

                    In the past, the order auditions submissions were presented to clients was first come first served which ultimately benefited those talent who were quickest to answer. This, as you noted, caused a problem when equally qualified professionals in a different time zone ended up auditioning several hours later after everyone on one coast has already auditioned.

                    The order auditions are now presented to clients is from highest VoiceMatch score to lowest VoiceMatch score. Based upon talent feedback and special requests, the client does not see the VoiceMatch score.

                    We are always working on ways to improve our service and provide members with more metrics to help them monitor their progress.

                    What I recommend is that you prioritize the jobs you want to audition for from highest VoiceMatch to lowest VoiceMatch. Many talent are finding this to be an excellent way to maximize their time and efforts.

                    Thank you again for commenting, Bruce. I hope that what I've shared is helpful to you.

                    Best wishes,

                    Stephanie Ciccarelli

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