How to Create a Great Voices Profile
Note: If you have a Voices guest profile, some of these tips may not apply to you, as some features are only available to paying members. If you’re interested in upgrading your Voices profile, it’s simple and easy!
Filling out Your Voices Profile
If you want to get started on the right foot in your voice acting career, filling out your profile on Voices is an important step. After all, the more accurate your profile information is, the more easily clients can find you when they search the site.
Here are eight tips to help you make the most of your Voices profile, so it is professional and attractive to clients who are looking to hire.
1. Make Sure Your Voices Profile is 100% Complete
If your profile is only 85% complete and you think that’s pretty good, you should know why it’s so important to get your profile as close to 100% as you can. If you’re not sure how to find this information, it’s easy! Just head over to your account page and check out your profile score.
A complete profile is important because your profile pairs you with jobs. Specifically:
- VoiceMatch helps send auditions to you based on how well your profile matches the job posting, so you get the opportunities you’re best suited for (and not, for example, the jobs requiring German talent, if you don’t speak German). There are 10 different categories of criteria that VoiceMatch looks for. In addition, the client sees auditions ranked by VoiceMatch score – not just audition order!
- Clients will use the Voices search feature to find a voice actor with a specific sound, or who speaks a certain language, etc. So, it’s important for your profile to be fully filled out to include all of your attributes and skills. This will better your chances of being found. Be sure to add your accents and languages to your demos.
2. Write Your Description in the Third Person
Doing this ensures that your profile reads more like a biography. It comes across more professional and is easier for clients to understand.
3. Be Strategic With The Words You Choose in Your Bio and Demo Descriptions
Think of every section on your profile as an opportunity for a client to find you. This means it’s smart to do things like name drop clients you’ve worked with, and use adjectives in your bio and demo description. Demo descriptions are often overlooked, but if you aren’t properly tagging your demos, then you’re missing out! These are fields that are included when clients search.
4. Indicate the Geographic Zone Where You are Physically Located
Even though Voices provides you the opportunity to find work from clients around the world, it’s still important to let people know your location, as sometimes clients hire based on that information. This could be for accent or dialect reasons, time zone considerations or because they want to work with a talent in a local studio. But don’t worry, your home address isn’t required! Letting clients know where you are by citing the nearest metropolis is enough to help them, when it comes to their project requirements.
5. Make Sure You Have an Updated Profile Photo
While this is a hot topic in voice-over, having an up to date profile photo increases your chances of clients clicking on your profile (and possibly hiring you) over a logo alone. Having a photo of yourself is more personal, and it’s a great idea to have an awesome photo to help others promote you online.
6. Include Testimonials Related to Your Past Work
Regardless if your previous clients came through Voices or not, it’s beneficial to make sure that prospective clients know that other companies have worked with you, and that you have experience. As you start to accumulate more and more recognizable brands as past or current clients, make sure to update this too!
7. Keep Your Profile Up to Date with Changes
If you invest in new equipment, move, have new demos, work with a cool new client, or get fresh headshots done – make sure you let everyone know by including it in your profile!
8. Highlight Your Other Strengths
In addition to being a talented voice-over artist, it’s likely that you have some other amazing skills as well. For instance, you may offer copywriting, full production, or even translation. Don’t take these skills for granted or assume that they don’t relate to your voice over career. Clients appreciate when talent can offer additional services and they will pay a premium for the ease of keeping everything in one place.
If you want your clients on Voices to know what you can do, make sure to fill out the service description aspect of your profile. Here are some common additional services that professional voice actors may add to their profile, as a way to demonstrate that they can add extra value to potential clients:
- Full production
- Level of customer service (limited number of free edits, etc.)
- Do you do directed sessions?
- Do you have Source-Connect, ISDN, or ipDTL?
Ideally, when you are chosen for a job, the client knows exactly what you bring to the table; that way you are able to charge your full value.
Make The Most of Your Profile
Your Voices profile can be an integral part of your marketing strategy; if you haven’t filled it out in full, you could be missing out! Now is the time to fill out any missing information, optimize your descriptions, including your extra skills and make the most of this piece of your marketing strategy.