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Thread poster: Abraham Abukar

Abraham Abukar  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:54
Member (2005)
English to Somali
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Feb 8, 2007

Hello, friends!

I need help trying to figure out a rate for voice-over recording. The voice-over
is approx. 4,500 words long. The language is Somali.
I want to know how much others have charge or charge.

Any comments are greatly appreciated.


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jemo  Identity Verified
United States
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rates in the US Feb 8, 2007

a link that might give you some info:

http://server.iad.liveperson.net/hc/s-6945595/cmd/kbresource/rep-42251047146899030277324125325/kb-8205173356066227061/view_question!PAGETYPE?sq=rate&sf=101113&sg=1&st=43666&documentid=184255&action=view


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Juan Jacob  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 18:54
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Hi. Feb 9, 2007

First of all: You must know if you can do that. Voice over, voice off, dubbing are not simple questions. I assume you can read in Somali, of course, but that's not all:

1.- To read is almost an art: breathing, speed, pauses, exclamations, your "voice level" (young, serious, whatever) must indeed be considered.

2.- To read in a recording studio (if you're are going to do it that way) is quite rude: you'll surely be afraid of the microphone, the engineer behind the glass, the client listening to you (Well, he probably doesn't speak Somali, anyway, but even so).

3.- Normaly, voice over recording are not paid by word, but by program minute and, in this case, an "exotic" language indeed, are more well paid. I coulnd't suggest a rate for the U.S., though.

I wish you good luck.


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Daniela Krueger  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:54
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Rates in voice-over Feb 9, 2007

are often negotiable, especially when it comes to such a rare language like yours. You can offer half day/day rates, for instance
$ 700/half day and $ 1100 for a full day--if you are a professional voice-over artist. If not, you can ask for less and have to "play your rate by ear". Then, if you don't have a studio, don't forget to mention that you would have to book one, a studio hour with engineer goes for about $ 100/hour. Of course the client is supposed to pay for this--otherwise you wouldn't have much money left;)
Besides that, the link that Jemo provided is also a very useful one; and Juan has his points as well.


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Clara Duarte  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 01:54
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My 2 cents Feb 9, 2007

Recently, I have been approached by someone working for an agency based in the US and from what he has told me about rates, their rate for European voice talents is of 80€/hour of recorded material.

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Abraham Abukar  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:54
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Thanks ya'all! Feb 9, 2007

All your comments and suggestions were very helpful in understanding. And I value them all. It give me an idea of what to expect.

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