Re: Getting voiceover work from home

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Posted by wirelessguy on March 28, 2009 at 16:01:10:

In Reply to: Re: Getting voiceover work from home posted by Thanks on March 25, 2009 at 14:26:36:

You're welcome. By the way, the prices I mentioned are for "your voice only." I.e., it presumes you're asked to show up at an established, professional studio and do nothing but the VO (where you've made no investment in equipment or real estate.) So, if you're doing the work in real estate which you own or are paying rent on & where you've paid for the gear, you may want to bump up your rate a bit.

: GREAT notes, wirelessguy! Much appreciated.

: : Fairly simple: Work only for "real clients." Ideal: Get a good agent (good luck getting one that'll send you more than auditions!) In any event, charge properly, and stick with it! Agencies and producers who are "real clients" worth working for know that VO services cost money, and are used to paying it. Restrict your non-cash work to charities that you respect & support, and trades for stuff you need that you'd buy anyway. Some yardsticks: Even if you don't plan on joining right now, check the AFTRA site for the union rates. There are many people (the top guns, I admit) making $1000s a week with VO work. Some people I know charge around $100 per spot for radio or cable-only in smaller/modest markets, $150 for over-the-air TV. And the price goes up for larger markets or multi-market use. Good luck!

: : : One critical point:

: : : How do you get the clients to pay you in something other than "trade" or "web exposure"?

: : : Either that or some brilliant ideas on how to pay my bills and raise my kids on 'future' salary.

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