Thumbs upDid you know that over 25 jobs are submitted to every day but only 18 on average are approved?

We want to see that number change and are looking for your feedback.
Read this article and then add a comment sharing your thoughts to let us know how you feel!

Job Posting Procedure has an exceptionally thorough process for approving jobs. Some of you may not be aware of just how very meticulous we are.

The Process

Once a job is submitted for consideration, our team:
1. Reviews the job details
2. Edits any spelling or grammatical errors
3. Researches company background and adds this to the job posting details
4. Follows up with the clients by phone and email for any missing information
5. Approves the job which triggers email notifications inviting you to audition at
You may notice that this is the complete opposite of the automated process that is practiced at other voice over sites.

The Issue at Hand

Because we are so thorough and standards for job budgets are so high, some of these opportunities are passed over and not approved, generally because they have a budget that veteran voice actors are affronted by… .Those jobs, which we paid for or gained through our marketing efforts, then leave our website and are posted elsewhere and the client is lost, which from a business point of view is unacceptable and must be resolved.
Although not picture perfect for seasoned pros, those same jobs that we denied would be perfect for people who need opportunities for work and are aspiring to be a full-time voice actor.

Budget Ranges

When a client posts a job at, they are required to choose from a range of budgets, the minimum being USD$100-$250.
We’ve seen an increase in the number of jobs and are also pleased to share that there has also been an increase of $1000-$5000 jobs.

Jobs Whose Financial Specifications Don’t Meet the Mark

Many projects we receive meet the minimum $100-$250 budget, however there are some jobs that fall below the per page or per word average pay rates and cannot be approved using our present guidelines.
NOTE: These projects are ideal for new voice talent who want to get their feet wet in some real paid work.

By Approving Those Jobs, it Would:

1. Increase the number of opportunities available
2. Provide people with more work
3. Help us to build more client relationships
4. Open the door to further educate people about budgeting and working with professionals
5. Consolidate all of the online job opportunities for voice over at Secures Professionals Work

We focus our marketing efforts on attracting large projects with the opportunity for renewing contracts. These are specifically suited for professionals as you have the experience and equipment required to deliver exactly what the client is looking for.
As was mentioned earlier, there are budget ranges that are used at that match up certain kinds of projects with typical compensation. For those of you who are selective about the kind of work you do for how much your charge, it is in your best interest to take a good look at the chart below and commit those ranges to memory.

Email Notifications

If you see something in an email notification that doesn’t jive with what you personally would expect to be compensated, you are welcome to pass on the lead.
Instead of lamenting the fact that the opportunity doesn’t appeal to you (which is a waste of time and emotional energy), put your time to good use voicing work or drumming up new business.

Getting the Most out of Email Notifications

Save time by learning how to match the category with the budget range.
Audio Books 500 – 10000
Business and Corporate Videos 250 – 1000
Character and Cartoon Voices 250 – 1000
Educational Videos 250 – 1000
Language and Translation 500 – 10000
Jingles 250 – 1000
Movie Trailers 500 – 10000
Music Production 500 – 10000
Narration and Documentaries 250 – 1000
Podcasts and Podcasting Voices 100 – 500
Radio Commercials 100 – 500
Radio Station Imaging 100 – 500
Telephone System Recordings 100 – 500
Television Commercials 250 – 1000
Television Station Imaging 250 – 1000
Video Game Voices 250 – 1000
If the email notification indicates a budget that’s lower than expected, you have the ability to move on and forget about it!

Managing Your Email Notification Preferences

For others, it may be in your best interest to specify what type of job postings you wish to receive based on budget range. You can choose to receive only leads with specified budgets by visiting your Preferences area under My Account to modify these settings.

Client Relationships

Customers of know that we value our relationships with them. has a mission to work with both clients (those who post jobs) and voice actors (the talent who fulfill the need), educating along the way and providing the best possible experience for everyone involved.
While it may seem that the majority of our efforts are central to our voice acting customers, take a walk in the shoes of a client to discover all of the support we provide to those who post jobs and hire talent at
It may shock you!

How Do You Feel About What We’ve Presented?

Add a comment below.
Best wishes,
Stephanie and the Team
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BEFORE YOU COMMENT – READ THIS POST SCRIPT: will NOT post jobs that have budgets less than $100. will not post free or pro bono jobs with zero budgets!
You can also filter your email notifications by budget range.
Thank you for reading this…. please continue on and join the conversation 🙂

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. Thank you, Stephanie, for the inside look. It is much appreciated. I, for one, would welcome those jobs willing to accept us newbies. However, who’s to stop the veteran voice talent from applying to those lower paying gigs just to get paid? Would there be some sort of expectation for these types of jobs, in particular, to be addressed to newbies only? That’s my two-cents.

  2. I would welcome any and all business opportunities. I am new at this website, but an old pro at doing radio and television commercials and various voice work projects, and I welcome any and every opportunity to make some extra cash. I work in radio full time, so I make next to nothing and it’s nice to actually get paid for doing a commercial. I also would like to say that this website really does work, I just got my first job from this site and it really feels good!

  3. Stephanie the information you posted is fantastic. You definitely hit the nail on the head when it comes to personalising service and professionalism.
    Keep it up!

  4. Great information. I hate to see you change in this direction however. Other sites that take the low $$ jobs seem to be inundated with them. This is my favorite site and the one that brings me the most work. I believe that is because of all that you do in screening clients, etc. That said, I’ve never seen you make a change that hasn’t been an improvement. So, I will wait and see what happens.

  5. Hi all,
    Thanks for all of your comments so far 🙂
    Just to clarify, we will be continuing our strict screening practices and will also continue to educate clients on what appropriate budget ranges are for their projects.
    Rest assured, we’re not changing directions or the way we do business, however, we have recognized that there are talent who are new to the business who would appreciate receiving job opportunities that have budgets lower than the budget ranges expected by professionals.

  6. Stephanie… what a timely blog!! 😉 You must have read my mind!! I was actually going to send you an email to thank you for all you guys do in setting a minimum wage and reviewing the projects in such detail. It REALLY is appreciated!!!
    I hope you do re-consider the option of posting the lower budget jobs. If a newer voice over talent is good enough, he’ll get the job.They should get the job based on their abilities, not based on what they bid.
    We all had to start out somewhere, I agree, but honestly, there are plenty of jobs that come thru your site that are pretty low in budget for what they are, so please don’t lower the bar even more! It’s hard enough as it is to garner a fair wage in most cases. If you allow this, it will dilute the freelance “scale” (ha ha) if you will, even more, and become more of a free for all than it already is. PLEASE don’t do this. I for one would love to see you focus your efforts on convincing the potential client why they need to pay a little more.
    Thank you Stephanie and everyone at for all you do!!!

  7. I do lament lowering the income range even more for certain jobs but as a practical matter it’s appropriate to forge and maintain relationships with voice-seekers whose budget is small. For certain other jobs the budget will be considerably larger and that client will use again and that of course benefits us.
    We can always simply choose not to audition for those jobs whose budget is below our minimum standard.
    Keep up the work Stephanie! I think we’ll all be helped by your continued efforts.

  8. I agree that this could help aspiring voice actors get some experience (me, for example). This will allow for more jobs and while keeping decrease of rates for current project types and scopes to a minimum.
    In other words, “go for it.” 😛

  9. I think its a great idea! A lot of the time, there isn’t much for the new voice because of the lack of experience, so, myself, I don’t care if the fee is low because I need to start my portfolio somewhere, and I won’t be at that rate forever will I? The seasoned professional who turns his nose up at the lower rate, shouldn’t be at this present climate when money is tight everywhere? The problem here in England is that the seasoned professionals are getting all the jobs anyway, whatever the rate because the recognised voices are the ones who are earning the company the profits, they’re not interested in non-recognisable voices, so things are very hard here.

  10. Sorry, another thought came to me this morning as I was reading some of the responses.
    What’s keeping newbies from quoting lower than the stated budget? Nothing. Newbies, if you want a job for your portfolio, but know you lack the experience, then audition and quote lower. But please please please,, don’t lower the minimums. It will eventually just lower the rates for all of us.
    Ok, I’m off the soapbox! THANKs for listening!!!

  11. Thank you for the insider information on your screening process.
    I for one really appreciate not having to sift through a bunch of low-pay or no-pay jobs just to find one worth auditioning for.
    You guys are doing a great job – keep up the good work.

  12. Thank you all for your comments.
    To be clear, the minimum budget range would remain the same and we would not post jobs with budgets less than USD$100. There will not be jobs posted that have zero budget or a budget less than $100.
    We are considering everything that is being said.
    Please continue 🙂

  13. My thought is that doing this is good for the newer talent but could be bad or annoying for the established professionals. As someone just trying to break into the business, I would be glad to see such opportunities made available to me. However, if you start accepting such lower-budget job postings, I would suggest adding an option to the user’s profile, just a checkbox so that each person can choose whether or not to be notified about such lower-paying leads. That way the lower-paying leads would be available to those who want to see them, and everyone else can choose to ignore them.

  14. Hi Matthew,
    Thank you for your comment.
    The budget ranges themselves would not be lowered (we’re keeping our $100 minimum), however, when calculating on a per word basis, those figures may be slightly lower for certain jobs.
    Because this would take into account jobs that pay less for the amount of work done when quoting per word (not pay under $100 or below the budget range), it would be impossible to filter them by having a special box for cases that have lower price per word payment structures.
    If people don’t want to receive job notifications for opportunities within a certain budget range they can choose to make changes to their Preferences to resolve that issue.
    I just spoke with Laurynda and she said that there will certainly still be jobs that will not be approved at all because they do not meet our standards.
    Thank you,

  15. Hi Stephanie,
    Another brilliant Vox Daily! First let me say that I appreciate not being penalized for auditioning for lower-paying jobs. On “that other web site,” if you audition for too many lower-paying jobs, you will only receive lower-paying jobs in your Inbox. Sometimes you just REALLY need a job–any job–to get you through until your regular clients come through.
    What about asking all of your talents if they would approve of a ‘Newbie’ category, where talents with 2 years’ experience or less can receive exclusive leads on those jobs you are currently turning down? I started my travel writing career by offering articles to small publications for free. After about eight months, they were offering to pay me. I had bylines, a portfolio, and then–money. I’m sure it is difficult for newer talents to just jump in there with the rest of us, and face it, not everyone needs Don LaFontaine to do their phone greeting!
    Oh, one more thing–you have a “New Talent” list, but these are not all new talents–just new subscribers. What about profiling a seasoned talent once a month and an up-and-coming talent once a month on your home page?
    All the best,
    Robin Rowan

  16. Stephanie,
    Thanks for such a thorough explanation that Voices deems important for defining jobs and how you go about it. Very good info and glad to “feel the love” you all put into it.
    Keep up the good work. My experience has been positive here and I only wish there were more hours in the day. Sometimes I just can’t find enough time to audition and that is frustrating. However, it’s a good thing NOT to have enough time if you are working too.
    Thanks to you, David & the entire staff.

  17. I have noticed that I now get FAR more leads, and far more HIGH DOLLAR leads here ( than at voice123. One of the things I love about is that you DON’T post bottom feeder jobs! This is a professional site. To offer that lower budget category would likely encourage those who would meet the minimum budget to opt for the lower.
    That said, I do like that adding bottom feeder leads would give beginners a chance to land jobs, because (don’t worry Michael, who posted above) most professionals would pass on them. But, Michael, in a free enterprise system… there is no requirement for pros to leave the bottom feeder jobs for beginners. Most of us would, though.
    It would be helpful if we could determine which budget ranges we want sent to our inboxes. It would be time consuming to clear the clutter of bottom feeders out to get to the good leads.
    I don’t think that should necessarily scrape the bottom of the tank, just because voice123 is willing to.
    New Level Subscription: Perhaps could offer a new level of membership for beginners that would cost a lot less (to help them as they’re not really making money yet) and only get the bottom feeder leads. This would reserve those low pay jobs for them, and help them get jobs and experience. Then they’d upgrade when they’re ready.
    Uploading demos: One thing I really do like about voice123 is that they allow us to upload two demos per lead (custom and generic.) Is that a future possibility at

  18. Hi Stephanie,
    Thank you for this thoughtful post. Yes everyone- new folks and seasoned pros should have access to what’s approved by or any other pay for play site and decide at the time what they are interested in submitting for. The only suggestion I would have is to consider breaking up the strata in that $100-250 price range. As a seasoned pro voice talent, I’ll look at those, but most of the time for those really short scripts it conveys to me that the client’s intention would be to pay $100.00, not $250, so those posts are the ones I mostly decline.
    However, I usually don’t have time to create custom auditions for $100 jobs while I have paying work and agency auditions sitting in my email box or going to off site studios that keep me busy. Custom auditions should not be expected for jobs paying less than $250.00. But that’s just my wishful thinking.
    I respectfully suggest that the $150 spread in the $100-250 category in a job posting generally makes or breaks the response rate for talent’s decision for participation but also makes a significant impact on what the client’s budget they have in mind he/she would REALLY like to pay.
    Thanks for listening.
    All the Best,

  19. I just joined on 2008/04/24. I believe a seasoned vet isn’t going to be applying for a $50 job when there are higher ones so newbs don’t need to sweat that, IMO. I BEG to continue to use strict guidelines for projects regardless of the budget. IOW, if someone really needs a professional voice, they will be willing to meet certain criteria.
    Let me share this. I’ve been on for maybe five months and most of the jobs posted have a budget listed as “depends on bids” or “we don’t know”. Then, the description of the project might go something like this: “We need a video for our website.” ! If I were ifreelance, I would remove the project. Professionals do not have time for such nonsense. Not only are they going to pay less than minimum wage but we have to drag the details from them to boot?
    Rant over. 🙂 I LOVE the fact that I have not seen any project for less than $100 and you can ALWAYS just pass on ones that are asking way too little (I saw one for an audiobook read of 90,000 words for $100-250. Rather ridiculous even for a complete newb).

  20. It’s only a few more jobs a day ( in addition to the jobs being approved already ) that may be lower in pay but still meeting the minimum budget requirements.
    I’ve just updated the original article and asked people to read a post script before continuing on.
    I hope to see more ideas that will create opportunities or improve the service.
    Thank you!

  21. Hello,
    I would be willing to do some work that falls below the minimum threshold for approval. At my stage of the game, even though I am over 50 and have been in the entertainment business more than 25 years, I am brand new to voice-overs.
    For this reason, I am taking a class in May and am trying to come up with the revenue for a voice coach. I am also reading, studying and practicing. The studio is ready, but I haven’t done much auditioning yet.
    It might actually be better in my personal circumstance to try a few of the lower paying jobs to “get my feet wet”. Some income is better than none, and getting paid to gain experience and a foot in the door is even better than being an unpaid intern. Might even buy a gallon or two of gas.
    I am for it!
    Thanks …
    Chet Kelley

  22. Perhaps you might want to consider a two-tier system. That way you can keep the work on your site, educate the client, and they can move up when they’re ready. What I mean by two tier is that you vet the clients and determine if the ad should be marked with some kind of logo which indicates whether it is more appropriate for newer talent who need experience or for experienced talent who charge appropriately for their work. You could increase the amount of work for everybody by establishing this system. Experienced talent could arrange not to even be confronted with lower paying clients offers. Or maybe there could be a time limit for how long your clients could post lower tier payment rates. There could be problems I haven’t foreseen. Just an idea.

  23. Stephanie!
    Another great example of how is a “people person” site! We can all put a face (yours) to your efforts in these blogs and I love knowing I have an advocate looking out for my best interests!
    Regarding the rates, all of us need to understand there is a great variety of voice talent experience and styles represented here. That said, I personally do not find it an insult to my ego to delete auditions that do not interest me for a variety of reasons… budget being one of them. I would much rather have the choice than to have some computer make that decision for me. How long does it take to make a decision about an audition? 30 seconds? Stop whining!
    And thank you for not posting jobs that have budgets that say “to be defined”. To me, those three words say, “the cheapest offer gets the job”. As a professional, I am not in a competition to win jobs… either I have the voice/style the client is looking for at a fair price, or I don’t. has “raised the bar” in the vo voice bank biz… and I would expect nothing less from this site in the future.
    larry wayne

  24. Larry,
    Thank you, thank you, thank you! You have no idea how much I needed to hear you say those words today.
    It’s because of people like you that we work as hard as we do. I would hug you right now, but you’re on the west coast, so it’s the thought that counts 🙂
    God bless you,

  25. Hey Stephanie,
    I hope you don’t start letting all of the nickel and dime projects start flooding in. I love because of your customer service, your producers who use your site and the functionality of the site itself. I like that you’re holding the market to a responsible rate structure.

  26. Hi Lyle,
    Thank you for your comment.
    You won’t see nickel and dime jobs. As was mentioned earlier, we will still use our screening process and keep to the $100 minimum for job postings approved at
    Have a great weekend!

  27. Hi Stephanie,
    Please do not lower the bar. You may even want to rethink how your per word minimum is calculated. I believe I’ve seen some jobs slip through with maybe a $1,000-$5,000 range but a script of hundreds of thousands of words where the per word rate is less a fraction of one cent.
    If anything I would like greater screening. Remember, we are the ones paying for your services not the voice seekers. As it is there are far too many $100-250 jobs with unrealistic expectations. In other professions there are continuous process improvement efforts within the organization. The emphasis being on better and better quality in the improvement process. If you strive to improve your services and the quality and budget of your leads, we all benefit.
    We need to educate the seekers so they understand they are paying for quality and what that entails. You may get to a point where your services are highly sought after by the seekers and you can charge them to get to your talent pool. I agree with the earlier posting that one should not be expected to submit a custom audition for a $100-$250 job. They should hire off the demos. I would also like the ability to respond to some of the leads with a generic demo rather than a custom audition. I pass on many of the leads because they are not worth my time to create a custom audition.
    I also agree with Bobbin that the budget ranges are way too broad. Don’t waste my time asking me to submit a custom audition for a $250-$500 job when you will only pay $250. Make the seeker state they will pay no more than $250 if that is the actual budget constraints. $500 is twice $250 that is BIG difference.
    If you want to market to noobs create a separate service with a different name and website. I do not want to be bothered by low-ballers.
    Gregory Best

  28. Stephanie:
    As a voice talent on who is also a producer who uses this site to find and hire announcers, I believe that if you give producers an opportunity to get talent for less, it will cause a domino effect resulting in more lower paying jobs than higher. should not allow producers to short talent the fees they deserve. If jobs start cropping up for $50 or less, those who have offered more in the past will begin to drop their talent budgets too. This site should be for professional voice talent worthy of at least $100 per job.
    What I believe is that you should raise the bar for talent, requiring a certain amount of experience before we can be part of your roster of voices. This way, can boast only the best talent deserving of the best talent fees.

  29. Thank you all for your comments.
    To reiterate, will NOT post jobs that have budgets less than $100.
    1. In order to be approved jobs must have a budget of $100 or higher as well as meet our guidelines.
    2. Clients who submit job opportunities but do not wish to invest at least $100 are invited to contact talent directly through the search or featured talent directory in respect of your time.
    We stand by our mission to educate people on what the standard freelance rates are for voice over and will continuously strive to improve our service for our customers: voice actors and those who hire them.
    If anyone would like further clarification please contact us off the blog with your questions.
    Thank you,

  30. Dear Stephanie and fellow VO Talent,
    1st-I appreciate Voices for always tryin to improve the service to both talent and clients.
    I think we should narrow the budget ranges more. IE 100 to 150, 150-200, etc. Or even in 25 dollar increments.
    Whether newbie or veteran I can’t see where offering a lower price serves any of us in the long run. Including There are rare exceptions but not enough of them to warrant ruining the rate for work and the image of Voices and the talent represented there.
    The way I see it, the client is shopping for a voice, style and a price (and hopefully in that order). If the client is looking for “the right voice” they are probably not going to know, nor care much whether it’s newbie or a veteran and they are ready to pay an appropriate rate. This is where I chime in with “You newbies listen up. Be on your “A” game and be professional here. We’re all in this together. Don’t hurt the team. If you can’t do that, take a break and come back when you’re ready to play like a pro”
    Fostering a “Bargain basement” mentality to the clients out there is a slippery slope that there is no returning from.
    IE the client says to themselves “If I got they job done for 75 bucks (or God forbid less) last time, I should be able to get it EVERY time”. For example, in 1985 we were getting 75 dollars for a local cable spot and 50 dollars for a local radio spot in small to medium markets. Here we are over 25 years later and it’s actually gone DOWN!
    There are LOTS of other sites out there offering “Bargain basement” VO and they are hurting all of us including making the clients “Settle for less”.
    VO work is great fun but it is also how many of us make our living (and more power to the newbies to get there too). The gas pump is already robbing us of food off the table.
    Again, I say, narrow the budget ranges so those who want to “LoBall” their price are not as far removed in price from others and we’ll also all have a better idea of just how much the client wants to pay.
    Offering price point without maintaining the value, image and quality of the product just makes us “made-in-china-”.
    We are all looking to increase our “market share and profits”. I don’t think this is the way to get it done… for anyone.
    DC Goode

  31. As a newbie to voice acting, I appreciate the opportunity to see all the ranges available. I need to gain experience and realize the more experienced voice actors should earn more. Thanks.

  32. After glancing at a lead earlier today that was for both a marketing and a training piece that was in the $250-500 range, I contacted the Chat line to ask if the budget had been discussed with the client… it seemed a little low to me. (Lately I have seen notes to the talent from saying that the rate had been discussed and this was as high as they could go – but that wasn’t indicated on this one.) I was directed to this blog post.
    1. Thanks for taking the time to talk to the client about their projects, but please also continue to look at each project with a realistic budget range and if it is low, let the talent know that there isn’t room for negotiation – this will make it much easier to quickly delete the project.
    2. Please review your budget guidelines. In this particular case .10 per word is low.
    3. Consider making the budget ranges smaller.
    4. Consider a double elimination algorithym that factors in the budget range and the type of project. Voice mail is different from audio books or for broadcast spots.
    5. We really should not have to audition for anything that falls in the $250 or under budget range. Especially voicemail. Now a huge IVR project that involves complex concatenation and thousands of prompts in some obscure telephony format – that’s different.
    Now, back to work everyone!


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