Another voiceover question
Thread poster: Heidi Lind

Heidi Lind  Identity Verified
United States
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May 28, 2009

I've found a few posts about this but I still have not much of an idea how to go about and what to charge in my situation. There's a company who occasionally sends me requests for voiceover jobs. It sounds interesting and I'd really like to get into it. I have never provided voiceover services nor do I have a demo tape. So that would be step one. How do I get a demo? I probably cannot just plug in my microphone and start speaking. And how much would one charge for a job with the following description:

Subject matter is Health and Safety for Oil & Gas. (E-Learning)

It is a 2.5 hours elearning course

Approx. 10000 words for Voiceover (MP3 neutral voice female talking into the PC/Laptop)

Special requirements to the applicants: Good knowledge of Safety and Engineering terms.


 

Heidi Lind  Identity Verified
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PS May 29, 2009

PS: Translation is NOT required.

 

Amy Duncan (X)  Identity Verified
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A couple of ideas Jun 2, 2009

Hi Heidi,
I did some voiceovers quite some years ago, and at that time I went into a recording studio to do a demo. Nowadays, though, you could probably make a demo in wav. or mp3 format with a digital hand-held recorder, and it wouldn't surprise me if some companies also accepted the work itself being done this way. I'm not sure about this, of course, because I haven't done this kind of work in quite a few years. But it would be worthwhile your asking around. I paid around $300 for my digital recorder. If it's something you could use for voiceover work, it would be worth that small investment, I would think.

Good luck!

p.s. Sorry, can't help you with the charges...it's been too long.


 

Tomasz Poplawski  Identity Verified
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I'm in the middle of a VO job right now Jun 2, 2009

Heidi Lind wrote:
How do I get a demo? I probably cannot just plug in my microphone and start speaking. And how much would one charge for a job with the following description:
It is a 2.5 hours elearning course
Approx. 10000 words for Voiceover


2.5 hours of recording is usually approx. 8-10 hours studio time. The going rate is approx. $200/h, (in the US) although some people offer lower rates - still much higher than usual interpreting rates.
Many companies offer paid time to get familiar with the script - it's usually approx. 1/3 of the studio rate.
Most often there is a coach, someone to listen to you while you are recording. Coaches are paid approx. the same rate as your prep rate.

As for the demo - there is tons of great underutilized studios ready to do a professional demo for you for $200-300. And everyone can tell if your demo was done on a small digital recorder in a typical room, or on a Marantz in the sound-proof studio, believe me. You are going to pay for it with the first two hours of your first job!
Good luck!

[Edited at 2009-06-02 04:04 GMT]


 


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