INCOME / FEES
Should You Never, Ever Cut Your Fees?
Well, I Did This Time. Here's Why ...
November 6, 2015
Recently I landed my first voice over gig from Pakistan. They found me online and asked me to narrate a video for a new education initiative.
I gave them a quote and they couldn’t afford that rate.
I was about to turn them down, but then I watched the video. It was fascinating!
This program allows instructors to go villages in Pakistan and train people to teach elementary school. Pakistan’s Minister of Education was in the video, as well as many instructors and teachers talking about the importance of this program.
I noticed a couple of interesting things about the video.
WHY CUT MY RATE?
Why did I give them a discount? Did I just undermine the integrity of the voice over industry?
Many of my fellow professional voice talents give discounts for a charitable organization or cause they believe in ... voice some pro bono work every year (I do, too) ... or we do it just for fun.
I narrated it because I wanted to be a part of something important.
Over nearly two decades, Tom Dheere has narrated thousands of projects for clients in over a dozen countries and voiced more than 40 audiobooks. He is also a voice over business consultant, coach at Edge Studio, was the marketing consultant for the Voice Over Virtual online conference, and is writing and producing the comic book Agent 1.22 (www.facebook.com/agent122), which will be released in Summer 2015.
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