Woman hitting alarm clockIf you live on the west coast of the United States or Canada, you may feel like you’re slightly behind when it comes to auditioning for jobs that are posted earlier in the morning on the eastern coast of North America.

The truth? You are!
Getting up may be hard to do but knowing that you may be missing opportunities is an even harder pill to swallow.

The Early Bird Gets The Worm

When a Los Angeles-based voice over talent asked me if the east coast had a jump on the west coast when it comes to auditioning, I replied that yes, the east coast does have a slight advantage over the west coast when it comes to the first round of jobs that are approved.
By virtue of the fact that Voices.com is located on the east coast and open for business at 9 a.m. EST, inevitably there will be opportunities that arrive to a west coast talent’s email when they are still asleep or waking for the day.

Enter Greenwich Mean Time

If you go by Greenwich Mean Time, Voices.com, located in London, Ontario Canada, is GMT -5 (which means that we are 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time). You can learn more about Greenwich Mean Time here and convert time zones according to GMT if you fancy here.

To contrast, our customers in Great Britain, Northern Ireland and continental Europe get the first round of job invitations sent to them mid to late afternoon. For instance, people who live in the UK receive our first round of auditions at approximately 2 p.m. GMT.
Talent in Spain, Italy, Germany and France are GMT +1. These people are therefore 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Talent based in countries such as Greece, Finland and South Africa are GMT +2. These people receive auditions toward the end of their work day at 4 p.m. their time when the auditions are posted at 9 a.m. Voices.com time.
To give you more perspective, people in India are GMT +5.5. That’s 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
If you live in the Philippines, you are GMT +8. So if we post a job at 9 a.m. EST, you’d be getting it at 10 p.m. your time.

People who live in Queensland, Australia are GMT +10. So, if a job was posted at 9 a.m. EST at Voices.com, an Australian living in Queensland would be sent their invitation at midnight of the next day.
Complicated, isn’t it?
There are members of our website who literally receive notifications as they sleep.

A 3-hour Time Difference Doesn’t Seem All That Bad, Eh?

West coast talent: Not only can you work while the east coast talent work (should you be an early riser), the east coast wraps up business by 2 p.m. PST, leaving you with 3 more hours remaining in your work day to address west coast auditions and clientele.
While we are on the topic of timeliness, I thought I’d share the following information with you about Private Jobs and Verified Clients.

Private Jobs Are Automatically Approved

In essence of time and in response to client feedback, Private Jobs are automatically approved… that is to say if a client requests a quote from you and only you, or a select group of individuals, the job invitation is sent to you directly without going through the usual approval process that a Public Job would receive.

Verified Clients Are Automatically Approved

We are looking at a variety of different ways to accommodate for the time differences. One way is the automation of job opportunities for what we call “verified clients.”
To be a verified client, the following details are known to us and are confirmed:

  • Contact Information
  • Billing address
  • Billing information
  • A history of successfully completed projects at Voices.com
  • Other proprietary factors

My Advice To West Coast Talent?

Many people on the west coast may already be doing this but the best thing you can do to ensure you are submitting your auditions while the east coast and overseas talent are is to simply get up earlier to audition. You may need to go to bed earlier in order to keep this regime up.

How Do Audition Through Different Time Zones?

If you have found a need to be flexible with your auditioning schedule to keep up with the invitations that come from Voices.com, we’d love to hear your story and how you manage!
Add a comment here online or reply to your VOX Daily email to share your thoughts.
Best wishes,
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  1. “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise…” That quote from Benjamin Franklin is pretty much my way of life. Although I can’t always go to bed early, my internal alarm usually kicks in at 4-4:30 am so the east coast and I are usually working together!

  2. Concern about this issue is based on the belief that it’s the first to audition that gets the job. Not true. I sometimes wait a few days to audition, because I get too busy with VO sessions and dont’ have time. And I land jobs that I auditioned for 3 days after they were posted.
    The only way I see this as an issue–is when you’re on a service that is set up so that a job closes once half the people who were invited have auditioned. If you’re on a service that encourages a “race” to get their first or you can’t submit–clients dont’ get the best talent, they get the ones who no one is hiring, who have more time to watch leads come in on their computers.
    Voices.com is not that service.
    So if you are on another service that closes leads within hours (even though the client would wait a couple of days) then, yes, worry about the time zone.
    On voices.com… take your time, do a good job, and stop worrying about time zones. They really dont’ matter to you here on voices.com!
    (I’m on west coast)

  3. Im on Alaska time (4 hours behind) I usually audition during baby’s nap time, but now I am thinking I should get up earlier. I did 5 excellent auditions yesterday, then went back later to look at the overview and discovered each one had about 150 submissions before mine! yikes!


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