Landing your first job in voice overs is always the hardest, and once you’ve been hired, subsequent work is easier to obtain.
But where do people start?
How do you get that first customer to validate your voice over business?
Sometimes it means working more for less.
Bigger Jobs With Smaller Budgets
Earlier today, I received an email from a veteran voice actor who asked if the jobs that were posted at Voices.com with budgets lower than what one might expect for the work required were actually filled and completed. Before we move ahead too much further, I want to say that if a voice over job opportunity is posted on Voices.com, the client has to agree to pay at least USD$100 for the voice over recording, otherwise they are invited to search and contact talent directly out of respect for your time and our guidelines.
Now that we’re clear about the $100 minimum, sometimes there are opportunities approved that meet the minimum requirements financially that are not necessarily proportionate in professional terms for the amount of work expected.
To answer his question, I replied:
The projects that are approved (always agreeing to pay at least $100) do get filled, usually by aspiring voice artists who are in a position to take larger projects on for less pay as a means to build their portfolio. The people who post those jobs, more often than not charities and church groups, are limited to the budget range they have selected but have agreed and are prepared to pay at least the minimum amount to post at Voices.com.
While I can’t provide statistics for this particular query, people who do take those jobs are getting much needed experience and those posting are getting value for the price they are paying, perhaps more or less depending on who might take them up on their offer.
Sometimes professionals will take jobs to promote a cause dear to their hearts and work for less money or even volunteer if the project is brief. If that is the case, we wouldn’t be able to track a volunteered voice over as it would not go through SurePay.
What’s Your Story?
Everyone started from somewhere and not every job pays the big bucks, especially not the first.
What was your first voice over job? Did the experience leave you satisfied, even if the check was nominal compared to what you can command for the same work today?