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Should You Use a Talent Agency As a Voice Actor?

Deciding whether or not to use a talent agency for voice over work can be a tough decision. 

Talent agencies can provide valuable resources and connections that can help you find work and advance your career. 

However, they can also take a percentage of your earnings and if you sign with a larger agency, getting that much needed one-on-one attention may be hard to come by. One of the main benefits of using a talent agency is they have established relationships with clients and can help you secure work that you might not be able to get on your own. 

They also often have resources, advice and contacts in the industry that can be helpful for a voice over artist trying to break into the business. However, it’s important to keep in mind that talent agencies typically take a percentage (depends on the agent or agency) of your earnings as their fee for finding and securing work for you. 

This can sometimes be a significant cut, and you’ll need to factor it into your budgeting and negotiations. Another consideration is that some talent agencies or agents may not always have your best interests in mind. While they are primarily in the business of finding work for their clients, at the end of the day, their ultimate goal is to make a living for themselves.

This could mean that they may push you towards jobs that may not be the best fit for you or that pay less than you are worth. So, should you use a talent agency for voice over work? It really depends on your individual circumstances and goals. 

If you are just starting out in the industry and need help finding work and building connections, a talent agency can be a valuable resource. 

However, if you are more established and have a solid network of clients and contacts, you may be able to secure work on your own without the need for an agency. 

Ultimately, the decision to use a talent agency should be based on a careful evaluation of your needs and goals as a voice over artist. 

Do your research, ask for recommendations from other professionals in the industry, and be sure to carefully read and understand any contracts or agreements before signing on with a talent agency.

Should I Get a Talent Agent?

Looking for a voice over talent agent shouldn’t be the first move that you make in your voice acting career. 

Before you DM every voice talent agent you can find, you should consider these questions regarding your career and your goals: 

  • What stage you’re at in your career
  • What type of agency is suited to your needs (e.g. boutique or full-service)? 
  • What can you expect when meeting with agents and signing a contract? 
  • How do you want your career to evolve once an agent gets involved? 

Most agents want to know that you’ve done paid voice over work. But it’s still possible to sign with an agent before you’ve booked anything. 

Something you will need is a produced voice over demo that best showcases your voice acting capabilities.

Make sure you take time to read ‘How to Get a Talent Agent as a Voice Actor’ from our definitive ‘Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting’, to learn everything you need to know about talent agents, and if they’re the right fit for you.

Voices is a great alternative to using a talent agent, sign up today for free!

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