October News

Top news from the VO Industry

New VO Book!
Voice Lessons by Rob Paulsen
Voice Lessons tells the heartwarming and life-affirming story of Rob’s experience with an aggressive cancer treatment and recovery regimen, which luckily led to a full recovery. Rob quickly returned to doing what he loves most, but with a much deeper appreciation of what he came so close to losing. His new lease on life inspired him to rededicate himself to his fans, particularly the new friends he made along the way: hundreds of sick children and their families. Rob said it best himself: “I can not only continue to make a living, but make a difference, and I can’t wait to use that on the biggest scale that I can.”
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New VO-MUST Online Study! 
VOC member Tim Tippets, the Audio Guru himself has turned his 1 on 1 course into the most comprehensive and easy to listen to and learn online course!
If you were like me, and thought, I'll never figure out the tech side of audio. I don't know what EQ means, I have no idea how to use all the stuff that comes with my editing program other than RECORD..save.. um... WELL, I'm telling you, I know, after 1 hour, can tell someone about EQ. Get in on this my friends. It's game changing. Go Learn!
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Stacey Stahl and the incredible agents over at In Both Ears realized that a website didn’t exist, that separated the pro advice from the newcomer info. The straight talk. We were needing a single website resource to be able to say “start here”. Somewhere we could send those people who have been told they have a great voice or see how easy they think voiceover looks, but most likely don’t own a microphone yet. So they created it!

 

Introducing GET STARTED IN VO (GiVO)

 

You can find the new site here: https://www.getstartedinvo.com/

 

"We hope it proves useful to you all in some way as you move through the new year." ~ Stacey

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News

The Ads Go Union Commercial Organizing Campaign is a member-driven initiative that protects and increases union commercial work

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Our Industry Today

STAND UP FOR OUR RATES!

It's always there, lingering but some months it seems like the wave of low ballers is out of control. Just want to serve up a little reminder. It's up to US to keep the industries standards of fair rates going strong. Union and non-union alike. There are fair rates for the usage rights of your voice. These rates vary based on where the ad will be aired, how long it will air, how it will be used. Your session fee and so many other factors it can sometimes SEEM easier to just say, "yup, I'll do it for that rate" But you are missing out on soooo much money when you do that. And you are also encouraging this low ball behavior.

The Union Rate guide is here

The Non-Union Rate guide is here
The UK Rate Guide is here

The VOC members weekly and daily educate new clients on rates. Some clients don't care, and find someone else (if they can) Some clients had no idea and raise their rates. Some clients don't have the budget for the usage they are asking, so they bring it down from a 3 year buyout to a 1 year custom buyout. Some clients know FULL WELL what it should be, but they were hoping the voice they loved would be a bottom feeder, and they quickly come up with the extra money. We've come to understand that they all aren't trying to save money on the talent level. They just simply don't understand the industry standard rates. This is another reason why work through an agent or casting house is the absolute best! THEY deal with all that for us. So encourage work through your agent's and encourage fair rates!! Don't be afraid to "lose a job" if that job is a loss for the vo industry. Stand up for your Rates. 

Pay to Play sites like voices dot com have brought our industry to an all time low.  Agencies, Producers, Directors and Actors alike have begun to take a stand and create new and better ways to work in today's crazy market. Here are a few incredible key sites you should get to know! 

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Powered by the highly successful Voice Casting Hub, VOICEOVERS.com (the name literally says it all) is a powerful hybrid voiceover platform built from the expressed needs and specifications of voiceover entrepreneur and Buyer alike for the efficacy and efficiency both expect in the “On-demand Century”.

 

VOICEOVERS.com is intelligent technology for Buyer or Talent. The unique philosophical difference at VOICEOVERS.com is rooted in empowering voiceover Talent to build fruitful careers. A site that supercharges careers is THE resource buyers are seeking – the entire process and in-turn, business, is elevated.

also features the industry’s first comprehensive rate calculator, D-CypherVO. Others exist but fall short of being a useful and consistent tool. Finally, you do not have to think or understand rates, it is all done for you.

VO Agent Alliance

They are an active group of agents who regularly collaborate to address industry issues, and support each other in our efforts to stem the tide of rate erosion. They also work to educate people about industry terms, rates and issues, as well as collaborating with other groups.

Voice Casting Hub

It was designed by producers,  ad agencies, and some of the best agents in the industry with Matt Dubois at the helm as Developer through his company Cloud 9.  

 

Some of the features include:

    • Easily cast and manage all of your voiceover projects.

    • Find and work with top voiceover talent agencies.

    • Review, share and approve auditions from a single platform.

    • Search and listen to voiceover demos from top agent represented VO talent.

Cast Voices

An American made, woman owned, will never be a P2P, and it is part of an enterprise system providing tools for Actors, Agents, Casting and Producers.  It is likely the closest thing to the old VDC but so much better.  It was written by Talent, Agents, Casting Directors, Producers, Directors and Technical Creatives and will include a component for On-Camera actors in the future.

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a simple guide

<< be honest about where you are in your vo career and what your rates should be >>

Tier 1

Years Working
1-3

Acting Backround / Union Status
none / a little/ in classes / non union

Equipment
usb mic / no sound booth or closet /
limited editing skills

Classes Coaches Workshops
none / just started / in classes

Booking Work
you are booking at least once a month

 / you still have a day or night job /
you have at least one repeat client

Verdict
you are just starting / don't sell yourself short /
don't charge more than you're worth on the Pay to Play site's (P2P)/

learn about equipment and editing software /

find more coaches and classes

Rates

Check usage rates

SAG/AFTRA rate sheet
GVAA non-union rate guide

 Never bid on a job on a P2P for less than $150

Tier 2

Years Working
3-5

Acting Backround / Union Status
3+ years acting / Improv / Union*

Equipment
condensor or shotgun mic / preamp  

 / sound booth or treated closet /
skilled with editing software

Classes Coaches Workshops
yes / 2+ years / in classes

Booking Work
you are booking at least twice a month

 / you have 2+ repeat clients / no day job*
you are actively marketing yourself

Verdict
Working Pro / don't sell yourself short 
/ charge what you're worth  on the Pay to Play site's (P2P)/

/ keep growing and learning /

Rates

Check usage rates

SAG/AFTRA rate sheet

GVAA non-union rate guide

 Never bid on a job on a P2P for less than $250

Tier 3

Years Working
5+

Acting Backround / Union Status
5+ years acting / Improv / Union*

Equipment
condensor or shotgun mic / preamp  

 / sound booth or treated closet /
skilled with editing software / employees

Classes Coaches Workshops
yes / 5+ years / coaches

Booking Work
you are booking at least twice a week

 / you have 5+ repeat clients / no day job
you are actively marketing yourself

Verdict
VO Veteran / don't sell yourself short 
/ charge industry standard rates / join SAG/AFTRA

/ keep growing and learning /

Rates

Check usage rates

SAG/AFTRA rate sheet
GVAA non-union rate guide

 Never do a job for less than

Industry Standard Rates

Education

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How do you grow?
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