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Although you might get a private invitation as a free member, it is less likely. I listened to your demos and you have a great, very marketable voice. I'd recommend you get the basic, paid membership. As for your profile page, remove the text that says you haven't done anything yet. Your voice is competitive, so don't let people think you are a noob.
I'm about to post a blog entitled "Fake it Until you Make It."
Here is an excerpt on what to do ( and what not to do ) on your profile page. Best of luck - I think you will do well. I've been a voice-actor and coach for almost 30 years and know a good voice when I hear one.
Here's the blurb:
YOUR PROFILE PAGE:
Well, we have a bunch of clients. So what should they see when they come to your profile page? What are they ALL looking for – since this is your public face? They want a professional voice-actor. They want to be able to trust that you will do a great job, will not slow down the process and will meet their expectations. Do they want someone experienced? Probably. But, lack of experience doesn’t negate the other skills. So, how do you look like a competent, skilled, trustworthy, easy-to-work with professional?
State it simply.
Don’t lie about jobs you haven’t done and don’t talk about jobs that are kind-of related to voiceover (“I read to kids,” “I do the PA announcements at ball games”, etc.). If you haven’t done any jobs, don’t list any. But, since this site delivers jobs to your inbox based on a computer algorithm that relies on matching words in your profile and demo tags to the incoming postings – you need to give it something to latch onto. Keep it simple and avoid emotional phrases like “I would love to work on your project” or “I am excited to be a voice actor.” Look at this direct, but descriptive language:
“Deborah’s smooth, clean voice works well for corporate presentations and documentaries. Her ability to create unique character voices serves her well for cartoons, games and commercials.”
If I had not done anything at all, I would be telling the truth about my voice, without lying about my experience or telegraphing how desperate I am for the client to give me a shot.
As you build your page and tag your demos, be sure to use as many synonyms as possible. This actually generates more hits. On my page, for example, in order to drive my most successful job niche, corporate narration, I include the words “corporate,” “industrial,” “business,” “professional,” “narration” and “instructional” in the body of my profile and in demo tags.
Now, about what NOT to say: please, please, please – DO NOT SAY YOU ARE NEW AT THIS or anything about how much you want to work. Remember that you are trying to build confidence in your clients. Just pretend you have been doing this forever. As the title says, “fake it until you make it.” If you keep it professional, your client will be relaxed and trusting and the whole thing will go much better. People tend to run, screaming from anyone sounding desperate. Just don’t do it.