Responding to Job Postings

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How Do I Reply To A Job Posting?
Writing A Proposal
Setting a Revision Policy? 
Writing A Revision Policy?
How Do I Create A Proposal Template?
Why Are URLS And Contact Details Hidden In My Proposals?
Quoting On The Job
Do I Have To Stay Within The Clients Budget Range?
Submitting An Audition File

Recording A Custom Audition

Sending A Stock Or Generic Demo As The Audition

Should I Let Clients Know I Have Recorded From The Mobile App?
What Are The Non-union Rates For Voice-over Work?
What Do I Quote When No Word Count Or Script Is Provided In The Job Posting?
Why Do Clients Require A Custom Demo?


HOW DO I REPLY TO A JOB POSTING?   

  1. You can jump directly to a job posting from an email notification by clicking the “Reply to Job” button or navigating there in your Voices.com account by clicking on “Jobs” > “Hiring” and then on the job title.

  2. This will bring you to the page that fully describes the project requirements, script, budget range and deadline. If this project interests you, click on “Reply To Job.”

  3. So long as the job status is still Hiring, you will land on the audition page after clicking “Reply to Job.” This is where you can submit your proposal, quote, and audition demo.

You have three editing sessions per response where you are able to update your quote, proposal, revision policy or audition file. However, the client is made aware of any changes so please use them with discretion.
 

WRITING A PROPOSAL

At minimum your Proposal should greet the client (by name if a Contact has been provided in the About section of the job), thank them for the opportunity to audition and provide a basic introduction of yourself, your experience and your services.

Here is a sample proposal that you can use and personalize:

Hi [client name],

My name is [your name], and I would love to work with you. [Give a brief overview of your experience and/or any past relevant projects here].

Turn-Around Time: I can deliver high quality, finished files within [x hours/days]. If needed, I can also provide same-day or overnight delivery. 

Live Sessions: [If you are able to provide live directed sessions via SourceConnect, Skype, ipDTL, ISDN, or phone patch, etc. please indicate here]

Equipment: My equipment includes [microphone, software, etc.]

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me directly via the ‘Messages’ button in my audition. I hope you like what you hear and will consider working with me.

[Salutation], 

[Your name]

 

HOW DO I SET A REVISION POLICY?

When auditioning for a job, you have the option of including a revision policy before submitting your full proposal. 

For more information about Revision Policies, like understanding what revisions are and how to price them, read the “Revision Policies ” article.
 

WHAT SHOULD I INCLUDE IN A REVISION POLICY?

The Revision Policy section of the audition form is an open-ended text field, meaning you can type anything you feel is relevant to your own Revision Policy. If you are unsure of what to include, you can use this default reference copy as a starting or reference point:
Performance Mistakes: Mispronunciations or missing words are fixed at no charge.

Artistic Edits: One round of feedback concerning pacing or tone is included at no charge. I typically charge [$X] for each round afterwards.

Script Rewrites: One round of rewrites, that are less than 10% of the final script, is included at no charge. Additional rounds typically cost [$X for each round afterwards or X% of the original budget]. Rewrites beyond 10% will be quoted upon request.

For more guidance on what to include in a Proposal or a Revision Policy, you can read this article: How to Write a Strong Proposal.
 

HOW DO I CREATE A PROPOSAL TEMPLATE?   

Using Templates is an excellent way to save time and effort when auditioning. Because each job audition requires a proposal, you have two options to create one: 
 

  1. You can either write a personalized proposal each time, or; 
  2. You can create Templates that you can use over and over again, and modify as needed.

To create a Template simply:
 

  • Login to your Voices.com account
  • Navigate to ‘Templates’ from the ‘Me’ drop-down menu in the top navigation bar
  • Click the ‘Create Template’ button
  • Add a Template name
  • By either using the default copy provided as reference, or writing your own, draft your Proposal and Revision Policy
  • Review and edit your Proposal and Revision Policy as needed
  • Once you are happy with your Template, click ‘Save’ to save it for use in future auditions


To use a custom audition Template, select it from the ‘Select a Template’ drop-down on the ‘My Audition’ page when auditioning for a job. 
 

WHY ARE URLS AND CONTACT DETAILS HIDDEN IN MY PROPOSALS?   

Clients have the ability to contact you through the internal messaging system at Voices.com by clicking the “Ask a Question” link beside your audition. Having an internal messaging system means the disclosure of personal contact information is unnecessary.
 

In your proposals, if you wish to direct clients to more demo samples, they can click the “View Profile” button that accompanies your audition proposal. Once on your profile, clients should have a wide variety of demos for them to review.
 

Communicating and completing each job through the Voices.com site offers a safer way to conduct business. It guarantees talent payment for the work they provide and guarantees clients satisfaction for the work they receive.
 

Sharing personal contact details outside of an agreement is a violation of our Terms of Service.
 

QUOTING ON THE JOB

You must submit a quote when auditioning. Whenever possible provide a quote within the client's budget range. Try not to quote less than their minimum Talent Budget.
 

If you quote more than the client's Talent Budget, provide the reason why in your proposal. For instance, if the deadline is tight, it is understandable that you would charge a premium for your time. Likewise, depending on the requested method of delivery, your rate may increase, for example, due to studio booking fees or shipping fees.
 

As an example, if you would like to receive $200 for the job enter 200 into the Your Fee field. The 20% Platform Fee (formerly SurePay™ escrow fee) will be combined with your fee and displayed alongside your proposal and audition file for the client.

The Platform Fee covers a client's access to the Voices.com global talent pool, algorithmic talent-to-project matching system, SurePay™ escrow payment service, file sharing, and communication services. 
 

To be clear, you will always receive the amount you quote and the Platform Fee is charged to the client, not to you.
 

DO I HAVE TO STAY WITHIN THE CLIENTS BUDGET RANGE?    

When posting a job, Voices.com requires clients to set a Talent Budget that meets an established minimum amount for the specific type of work they are requesting.  Talent Budget minimums depend on the category of work, script length, and/or usage. The lowest minimum budget available is $100. As such, the job interface will also not permit talent to submit quotes for less than $100 for any job. Beyond the $100 hard minimum, you can quote whatever you like. Whenever possible, be sure to provide a quote within the client's Talent Budget range.
 

Learn more about what to consider when creating your voice over quote.
 

We also suggest that you stand by your own pricing structure, especially if you tend to do similar jobs for a very different price from the proposed budget. You can choose to submit a quote or not submit at all.
 

If and when a client awards the job to you, they will be required to include your quoted amount in their deposit into the SurePay™ escrow service to be paid out at the end of the project.
 

SUBMITTING AN AUDITION FILE

A demo must be included with your audition. You can send either a custom demo that you've recorded specifically for the job OR an MP3 that you have already uploaded to your profile. You cannot send both.
 

Recording a Custom Audition

If there is a script with the job posting, it is recommended that you record a custom audition using a portion of the script provided (e.g. 20 to 30 seconds of recorded material, max).
 

To upload a custom demo, click on the “Browse” button to locate the file on your computer hard drive. Once you have clicked on “Send Audition” you will receive a confirmation that your audition was submitted successfully - and the audition process has concluded.

Resource: Check out the Auditioning section of the Voices.com Blog for a range of auditioning tips.
 

Sending a Stock or Generic Demo as the Audition

If there is no script attachment or sample script provided within the job posting you can submit a demo that you have previously uploaded to your Profile demo page.
 

Select one of your demos from the Existing MP3 option. This will give you a drop down menu of all the files uploaded to your Voices.com profile.
 

Click on the file that you would like to audition with, and then click “Send Audition” to conclude the auditioning process.
 

A copy of your audition will be recorded in your Answered jobs area for future reference.
 

You are also able to submit your auditions through the Voices.com Android and iOS Apps.
 

Resource: Advice from a Casting Director on Creating a Winning Demo
 

SHOULD I LET CLIENTS KNOW I HAVE RECORDED FROM THE MOBILE APP?   

Yes. It is a good idea for you to tell the client that you have recorded the audition from your mobile device. You can create a separate proposal template in which you inform the client that the audition was recorded from the app, and include some information about your professional recording studio as well.
 

To get the best recording from your device we recommend attaching a compatible microphone.
 

Resource: Learn more about Portable Microphones for Recording While on the Road.
 

Also ensure you are in a quiet area using your earphones/buds while doing your recording. This will help keep background noise down and prevent your audition from sounding distorted.
 

WHAT ARE THE NON-UNION RATES FOR VOICE-OVER WORK?   

We've updated our rates page to better reflect the process necessary for considering both client budget and your quote. We know every project is different with many different moving parts to take into account, and highly recommend talent create a rate sheet for themselves based on their skill level amongst the other points listed on the updated Rates page.
 

Try checking out these resources for more help:
 

For more considerations when setting a rate for voice over work, visit the Voices.com Rate Page.
 

WHAT DO I QUOTE WHEN NO SCRIPT IS PROVIDED IN THE JOB POSTING?   

Not all clients who post a public job at Voices.com provide the full script or an accurate word count. As a result, it may sometimes prove difficult to quote your rate. While clients are required to include a word count or number of finished minutes for a project, it is important to review the job posting details to determine if there is more than one file required. e.g. Finished Minutes states :30 sec, however client indicates in Job Description that there are 2 x :30 spots.
 

You should have a good idea of how long it takes for you to record certain types of voice over work or project types (e.g. from radio spots to audiobooks) and should develop a per hour work rate that you can use a guide in your quote for all-sizes of jobs, even if the job takes you 30 minutes to complete. Your rate card should allow you to easily quote based on project type.
 

Talent are not fixed into working for their audition quote and most clients realize that the quotes obtained at the audition level are based on the information provided at that time. All talent have the ability to modify their rate during the audition phase and with the assistance of Customer Support after hire.
 

If you are not certain of the length of the recording, or how long it will take for you to record, and this affects your rates, then mention in your proposal that rates can change based on additional information obtained.
 

WHY DO CLIENTS REQUIRE A CUSTOM DEMO?   

What clients are looking for when they request a custom demo is your interpretation of the copy provided, correct pronunciation of potentially difficult words and an example of what you can produce in a specified time frame. Custom demos take more time and effort than just submitting a stock demo you have available.
 

As a freelance voice talent, the final choice is up to you. If you do take the time to record a 20 second dry voice read, select a portion of the script that will best show your skills and be sure to protect your work by using the tools available to you.

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