By Stephanie Ciccarelli
March 5, 2013
When you're auditioning, the more you know about what a client is looking for, the better!
Voices.com offers Professional Services to clients who want some extra TLC when posting their jobs and working with talent. Perhaps you've had the opportunity to audition for one or more of our dedicated project managers!
In today's VOX Daily, you'll get a chance to meet the wonderful people on our Professional Services team, find out what they love to hear in auditions, discover their pet peeves and learn how you can audition to the best of your ability when working with Voices.com's project managers.
Professional Services at Voices.com
Did you know that we have an entire sales team dedicated to bringing new business to the site?
Although Voices.com ranks well in the search engines, we cannot rely upon web traffic alone to bring us business. Like any other company, we pick up the phone and call out to other businesses with the goal of introducing our service and what we can do to help them achieve their audio production goals, specifically in terms of voice-over recordings.
This capable team comprises of Business Development Specialists, Project Managers and a Project Administrator. Thanks to these superstars, we are getting the brand out and into the ears of people who would not have otherwise found us or posted their job at the site.
These business clients tend to be too busy to manage their own projects or would appreciate having a set of trained ears to aid them in the process. Voices.com Project Managers hold auditions for their clients and help narrow down the responses received, presenting clients with a great selection of voices that match the job's specific requirements and realize their brand vision.
This area of our business is growing significantly and we're excited to see what the future holds for our Professional Services team.
If you're a subscriber of Voices.com, you may have come across auditions held by Voices.com Project Managers before. In a recent meeting, I had a chance to talk to them about their role at Voices.com, how they work and gleaned some valuable tips for voice talent using the site so far as auditioning goes.
Audition Bliss: I love it when a voice gives me goosebumps, not only nailing artistic direction, but when you can hear the passion and love for what they do.
Audition Pet Peeve: A pet peeve would be asking for funds to be released before client approval. I picture a car ride with a bunch of little ones asking "are we there yet?"
Why I Love My Job: I love working with creative, free spirits. I am motivated because each day is a surprise, every project, every actor are all individual and deserve to be treated as such.
You keep me on my toes!
Audition Bliss: For auditions I prefer clean professional reads with name slated at the beginning not extra talking or communication. Do not say my name or the job number or about anything else besides the script. I also do not like to hear any generic auditions when I have posted a sample script and asked for a custom read.
Audition Pet Peeve: One pet peeve I have is when a client has a set budget and someone auditions but quotes higher then what has been budgeted. The client has set the budget for a reason. Any talent that does send in a generic demo or an audition that is over budget will never be considered for the job.
Why I Love My Job: Voices.com is the best place I have ever worked and it is the most enjoyable position I have ever held. I really love coming to work and working with all of our creative and talented members. This job is very rewarding, helping our voices find the right jobs and helping clients get that perfect voice for their projects. Helping our talent find that next job and finding clients that I can introduce to our site and our talent is what keeps me motivated and smiling everyday at work.
Audition Bliss: I get excited when I hear talent nail the artistic direction! Sending a line up of pitch perfect recordings really sends the message that Voices.com has an amazing talent pool... which we do!
Audition Pet Peeve: Bleeping watermarks OR creepy background whispering "This is my audition" watermarks. It's an outdated practice that is very distracting to the client. (Use music or modify the script if you want to protect your content.)
Why I love my job: The projects are always interesting and the talent never fail to impress. Seriously, how could I not love doing this?
Audition Bliss: I love when the audition sounds EXACTLY how I described in the posting!!!
Audition Pet Peeve: Very long tag intros - I just want to hear your voice, not your resume. Put this in your proposal.
Why I Love My Job: We have the most amazing Talent!!! It makes my job of bringing in new clients all that much easier. Nothing gives me a work smile more than listening to an audition from a Talent I have never worked with, and they knock it out of the park. You guys ROCK!!!
- Sending a custom demo
- Quoting within the stated budget range
- Following artistic direction
- Affirming that you can meet technical requirements in your proposal (i.e. ISDN, etc.)
- Being professional
- Keeping the recording to the point (slate, read the copy)
- Sending a generic demo
- Submitting if you know you're not the right fit
- Disregarding artistic direction
- Having a conversation in the audio recording
- Quoting significantly higher than the budget
- Blatant self-promotion
Our team knows how to ham it up a bit too so be sure to join us on our newest webinar offering, Insider Tips With Voices.com Project Managers!
Insider Tips with Voices.com Project Managers (Webinar)
Date: Thursday March 7th, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
Want a client's perspective on how they review auditions at Voices.com? Join Voices.com Project Managers, Grant Thomas and Jeremy Eichler, on our webinar, "Insider Tips with Voices.com Project Managers." In this webinar, you will learn the ins and outs of auditioning, hear common feedback from clients and best practices on how to audition for success. You'll also be given a live, guided demo of how a client reviews auditions when casting via Voices.com. It's time to see the auditioning world through your client's eyes!
Click on the following link to signup for the Insider Tips webinar.
Note: Attendance for the webinar is limited to 100 people. It's a first come, first served opportunity! The webinar will be recorded as well, so if you are unable to attend the live webinar, you can watch it after the fact by subscribing to the Voices.com YouTube channel. Subscribe here: http://www.youtube.com/user/voicesdotcom
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