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I'm getting a lot of likes, but I'm not booking any jobs. Is there tweaking that needs to be done on my part?
I'm assuming that once the first job is completed, the second one is much easier to book when you have a rating. However, just trying to get this first one. I'm really encouraged with the number of likes I've gotten recently (on good days: 1 out of 5, bad days: 1 out of 10). I don't know if there's anything I need to tweak on my part, WITHOUT sounding desperate. Thanks everyone.
Thank you for reaching out to us. Once you have completed a job through Voices.com, you will be featured on "The Recently Hired' list which showcases talent who have completed a job and been paid through Voices.com's SurePay service. This will great additional exposure for your profile as you will be featured on the homepage of Voices.com, which does receive a great deal of traffic.
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Thank you so much Ashley! This was very useful information that I've really been checking out today. Looking forward to what's next!
Maybe I can provide a useful answer. And I'm feeling the same way, so this is coming from somebody in the same boat - daily likes, getting favorited, but no jobs.
I listened to your profile demo and you've got the chops to pull down some jobs here, so it's not a lack of ability or talent. Perhaps there is something in your setup for recording auditions that is lacking, but if you recorded the stuff in your demo with the same gear, that's probably not it either. And since you mention your experience in audio and video production, you would probably hear any technical shortcomings in your auditions. Let's count that out.
So if you're good enough with solid gear, what's going on? I'm coming up with two possibilities: Pricing and/or bad luck.
On pricing, another voice talent ran an experiment (she was trying to decide if Voices.com was right for her). For a certain number of jobs, she bid in the middle of the budget range and for the same number of jobs, she bid at or below the budget range. Jobs she got with the 1st method: 0. Jobs she landed with the 2nd: 4. This is not uplifting news, but despite the small sample size I think it's an accurate representation of the marketplace.
My observation is that only a few clients look for quality only, more look for price only, but most want both great quality and low price (don't we all? I'd love to find a U87 with an MXL price tag!) So while a client may like your audition, there's probably another guy who's close enough with a lower price. Again, depressing but accurate.
As to bad luck, let's assume your price is right there with the other contenders on the short list. And let's further assume there are 10 talents on the short list. Objectively, you have a 10% chance of landing the job. Subjectively, there may be another guy who does what you do, but just a little bit better. That's enough to drop you out of consideration and it's completely out of your control. Yep, it sucks but it's part of show biz in general and VO in particular.
My advice, if you want it, is to have another set of industry ears listen to some recent auditions and give you feedback on anything you might not be hearing in your reads – small adjustments can make a big difference. Also (and I hate to say this) consider lowering your quotes, at least for a few auditions, to see if that's the limiting factor or if you can get a few ratings under your belt.
Hope that helps and best of luck to you.
Thanks PJ! I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my demos and profile and respond to my question! Will definitely look into 'experimentally' tweaking my price. Always encouraging to get advice from a 5 star talent. Thanks again!