What does hiring a voice talent look like?
What can I expect when finding a professional voice actor?
You've worked really hard getting your idea from concept to reality. Whether it's a commercial (tv, radio, Pandora, etc...), or video (explainer, sales, elearning); it took a while to get from nothing-to-something. Now you're ready to add that voice and perfectly wrap up your brilliant creative innovation. But how do you find the right voice? And when you do, how do you guarantee you're getting a real voice pro?
Step 1: Find Your Resource
Finding a voice talent online can be an overwhelming experience. You can choose the online marketplace, research agents/casting directors, or find individual voice actors' web presence. As someone who has also hired other voice actors, as well as creative professionals; doing the search on your own can be a daunting task. Trust your instincts and ask yourself solid questions; Does this voice actor have a good online persona? Does this talent agent work with clients like me? Does a certain online casting marketplace work better for my workflow than another? Answers to these questions will help direct you to the right resource.
Good voice talent will collaborate to make your project really come to life:
Step 2: Get An Audition
Getting a custom audition for your project is the best way to gauge 2 important things:
If the read is not quite there, you can always ask for another take. Remember, punching up certain words, or hitting a particular flow might not have been understood if the specs sent aren't clear. Send clear, and detailed specs on the project, read style, and expectations. Even sending a current draft of your project, or the music you're going to use is really helpful.
Step 3: Set the expectations
Now that you've done all the leg-work of finding and hiring your voice actor, it's time to set the expectations. This is a very fluid concept, and will depend on how you retained the voice talent. If you went through an agent, they'll typically have a particular set rate structure, workflow, and timing. Good agents are very flexible to their clients, but remember they have a business to run too. Respecting each others' needs is important to keep moving forward.
If you retained a talent direct, setting your needs for record timings, turnaround, tech needs, payment, and schedule are very important. This is still a business and us working voice actors treat it as such. I pride myself on being flexible and adaptable to my client's needs, but payment terms and recording expectations still need to be discussed. And once it's all lined out, you will get the best performance from your talent!
Being collaborative will help make the voiceover process easy and fun!
While working in the creative space, keeping a collaborative attitude will get everything moving along quickly and easily. Finding a professional voice talent doesn't have to be hard. Just remember, go with a pro, get an audition, and set your expectations.
If you're ready talk chat about your project, let's get going!
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