Let's Start The New Year With A Laugh:
Your Voice Over Client Wants To Pay WHAT?
January 2, 2014
(VOXtra) - You're an experienced voice actor - and your potential client asks you to voice a project for FREE? Or nearly so?
Below, Dan Hurst vents frustration with such requests in a hypothetical letter, and Andi Arndt copes by attempting polite education (to no avail). What about YOU? Share a rant, story or comment below!
Dear Client Wannabee ...
By Dan Hurst
Dear Client Wannabee:
'People Actually Pay Your Rate?'
By Andi Arndt
What's your rate for an hour session? he asks.
I respond with my standard rate and say that I understand his company (a startup) might be in a better position to hire me once they get a little further down the road.
He says yes, it's a bit steep, and by the way have I looked at oDesk for VO jobs?
I look, and all these people are offering their services for $25/hour!!!
I write back and say oDesk might have been useful when I was first starting out and building a resume, but rates are waaaay too low.
He says, "So people actually pay your rate?" Yes, I say, yes they do, and more.
He says, "Wow, maybe I better take some voice lessons and get into your line of work!"
Dan (Daniel Eduardo) Hurst is an experienced bilingual (English and Spanish) voice talent operating out of the Kansas City area. His business now extends internationally, with clients including Volkswagen, Telemundo International, Shell, Hallmark, TransCanada and Walmart. When heís not working, he spends his time cheering for losing sports teams and getting kicked off of golf courses.
Andi Arndt specializes in audiobook and eLearning narration. Her work draws upon her years of experience teaching acting and voice for a university theatre department, as well as hosting classical music, news and live interview programs on public radio. Andi records for clients around the world from her home studio in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
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