How do beginners best negotiate rates/jobs with agencies -- I want the experience, and at a fair rate

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Hi everyone,

I'm a beginner who'd like some assistance in getting an assignment at a fair rate.

An agency is telling me that their client's budget is 200 dollars per recording session.

I've been to the rates section here on; this is very helpful indeed. Thank you to the community for creating this. Still, since nothing beats real-world experience, I'd love some thoughts on the unwritten rules in VO work.

Some more info to help you experts help us beginners with similar situations:

1) Agency is a large international language services company

2) Recordings seem to fit into Non-Broadcast Industrial Recordings category in the rates section

3) Recording sessions said to take 1-2 hours. No info about actual minutes of recorded audio

4) An example script given: one-liners totalling approx. 1 minute of audio. Sessions said to include multiple scripts

5) The only negotiation method available is by email.

The great thing about this assignment is that it would be recurring, as the client needs multiple recordings throughout the year. This seems like a great opportunity for a beginner.

Do I ask about actual minutes total? Do I negotiate the salary? Do I accept, if 200 is a low offer, while implying that my rates will increase in the future?

So your expert thoughts about how to respond to the 200 dollar rate question would be truly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your time!
asked in Quoting and Rates by ergo (120 points)

1 Answer

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I used to do that type of recording when I was getting started and it is a great way to develop skills like pacing and editing quickly.  Their rate may be fixed, but something to consider is how many words/pages they will be giving you a session.  If it is under 10 pages, you may want to consider doing it.  $200 is low, it's worth more like $300, but if they are doing several sessions a month and you read and edit quickly, it might be worth it to gain experience.  Eventually, I left that arena when my rates rose and theirs didn't, but by then, I had plenty of other work and could walk away.  Ultimately, that's the deal breaker on any job.  Are you willing to walk away?
answered by deborahsalebutler (22,040 points)