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"How do I know which voiceover artist 
will best suit my needs?"

by Natalie Nicole Gilbert

www.opuzzvoice.com/Natalie_Gilbert.asp




1.  Know your budget before you shop for talent.

Are you willing to pay for talent's studio time if they don't have their own studio?  Are you willing to pay for talent's travel expenses if you need work done in your own studio?

2.  Get a number of quotes.

Different voiceover artists have different levels of experience and different styles.  Know what the going rate is before you say yes to anything.  Remember that neither high prices or low prices guarantee quality and good customer service.

3.  Send a sample script.

Once you've found some good candidates for voice work, send them a script sample that gives them an idea of what you're looking for.  If your product information is hot and confidential, send a script about something similar - perhaps a previous commercial script from your company.  Make special pronunciation notes where there is industry specific jargon.

4.  Be specific about the kind of read you want.

Whether you want something that sounds like an aggressive car sales spot, or something that sounds like a sincere piece of chatter between friends, do your best to communicate to the talent what angle you'd like them to approach the script from.  If you're not sure, ask the talent to read the script a few different ways.  Most voiceover artists will not charge extra for those varied reads, but make sure you ask if you're hoping for some
variety - not every talent will take the time to give you the extra choices if you don't ask.

5.  Dry or Fully Produced?

Believe me, this has nothing to do with filtered water.  A Dry Voice recording simply means that the voice has been crisply and clearly recorded but has no added frills -- no music or special effects editing or filtering.  Fully Produced doesn't guarantee that a music bed will be used underneath the voice -- so consider exactly what condiments you want on your
hamburger before you place your order.

6.  Doing everyone a favor.

The industry standard for paying voice talent is 30 to 60 days from the date of completion.  The companies that truly have their act together pay on the spot (which is especially easy if no agent is involved).  Rest assured that if payment is still delinquent after 100 days, many artists have the forthrightness to take appropriate legal action.

As you make your payment arrangements keep a few things in mind:
A.  Client Company - Production Company - Agent - Talent -- This is the money flow line for voicework in many cases.  Sometimes the Client deals directly with the talent, which is a blessing but a rarity.  Consider that the longer you take to get the money to the Production company or the Agent, the longer it will be before it gets in the hands of the talent. When voiceover artists aren't paid in a timely matter, you may lose the connection you spent all that time creating with that talent for future work.
B.  Some Agents and Voiceover Artists will offer you money saving deals when you pay early.  For instance, On Time Talent has a policy of shaving $25 off an invoice if payment is received in the first 25 days after invoice (which is mailed within days of the recording event).  Look for ways to impress your higher ups by saving the company money on their advertising efforts this way.

7.  Copy and Credit.

A good portion of voiceover projects won't offer credits (e.g. commercials) but if the voiceover talent you hired did work for a show or other credit recognized feature, make sure their name is included in the credits.  It's also customary to make sure your talent receives a copy of their work, which allows the talent to share their latest work with other clients and their talent agent.


By Natalie Nicole Gilbert
www.opuzzvoice.com/Natalie_Gilbert.asp


Natalie Nicole Gilbert has served in radio for the last decade, acting as
talent for everything from national :30 spots to starring roles in feature
films.  She also manages the On Time Talent Voiceover Agency, and offers
free advice to clients and start up voiceover talent.


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