What should I get paid for voice-over work?
Let me start with answering the question "what should I get paid". Even though there is no exact answer for it, just like everything else in the creative industries, I want to link a GVAA Rate Guide so that you can have a quick look. Now, does that mean that every project you encounter will be to scale? Absolutely not. And to those people who say "what should I do when the price is not high enough?" I'll just say this - if it's out of the question - do nothing. If you need to respond to the person just say that it's below your rate, but thank them for consideration. If it's an application, just don't apply. Trust me, trying to whine and complain about it will not help because these jobs often come from people who have no clue what they're doing in the first place. Focus on the positives and move on.
Where to get voice over gigs?
One that everyone seems to be on is Voice123. It's a bit weird how it works. It seems like a social media page, but you get invited to auditions. I'd check out the Premium package, but they only have annual plan and at $395 it's too much just to do a test. Their Platinum charges $1,500 per quarter. That's $6K a year. If you are paying for it, please reach out to me, I'd love to know how it's helped you out. Still, I have created a free account for myself and I'll play with it to see how it operates.
One that plenty people haven't heard of yet is Casting Call Club. What I liked about is that they instantly create different searches for you that list the most recent job requests. I think I will definitely revisit this website. And for all the composers on WFA, they also have that as a category, so you may want to check it out too.
There's of course Upwork, which I constantly use to hire virtual assistants. I never hired a voice artist on there but it's pretty legit so definitely worth creating a free account and bookmarking the page just in case.
If you're interested in the bigger projects, creating an account on ACX should be helpful. They're entire focus is on recording audiobooks. Obviously audio books are not everyone's thing, but it seems quite popular in the v/o community.
Fiverr is probably the one I've utilized the most often, mainly because I go there for all sort of website-related stuff. Even though it first started by offering services for $5, you can now set your price to be much higher than that. I guess it's all in multiples of $5, but definitely a decent source.
Probably less popular one is SEO Clerks. So far I have used it only once to get some work done and it worked for me, so I know it's not a total scam, but I doubt that this will be the first place people go to seeking voice over talent, but hey, it's another source.
I also came across Bodalgo, which features more than 80 languages, so if you are an international voice artist, you may want to check that out as well and mark all of the languages you speak, so that if someone is looking specifically for someone who speaks Belorussian they'll be able to find you with ease.
Last but not least - Reddit. Just like any social forum, it might be a bit of a headache to find wade through it all and to compete with onlookers, but it's a good source nonetheless. I only put it at the end, because this is indeed an interactive blog post, so you should be able to see the most recent Reddit posts below.
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