Quoting for voice over work encompasses a number of factors such as the market size, distribution, the number of characters and also how much is required of you in terms of audio production.
Recently a voice artist emailed to let us know that she was struggling with quoting on a per word basis and asked for some guidance. I’d like some of that to come from you, the working voice actor!
If you quote for certain projects on a per word basis, be sure to let us know when you do it and how you determine the value of certain copy or words by commenting on today’s VOX Daily!
What To Do, What To Do!
Quoting on a per word basis can be trickier than it sounds, particularly when you are working on scripts that are technical in nature such as medical, pharmaceutical and so on.
I’m curious to learn how you determine:
- The value of a word
- What makes some words more valuable than others (for instance if a word is difficult to pronounce, if you need to say any foreign words, substantial multi-syllabic words, etc.)
- Counting words within words (i.e. domain names, phone numbers, etc.)
- Whether the value of a word varies depending on the application of the voice over
To get around this, some talent employ a per page rate and let the client know what they mean by what constitutes as a “page.”
Quoting on a Per Page Basis
Some factors that you should (or could) take into account are:
- Word count
- Font size
- Paragraph formatting (single spacing, double spacing, etc.)
What About Editing and Production?
For simplicity’s sake, I’m not going to go into detail here on this but do note that editing the audio (de-breathing, etc.) and production (music, etc.) are additional services that the client should pay for. Having the expertise required as well as proper equipment to do the job can also be factored into a quote regardless of your methods for quoting.
When and If You Quote Per Word, How Do You Do It?
Looking forward to hearing from you!