E-Learning Is Big Business,
But Also Major Maintenance
By Rick Gordon
Voice Actor & Owner
e-Learning Voices.com & Commercial Voices.com
No doubt about it, e-learning - the voice-over genre of typically brief, multiple files for education and training projects - is growing in leaps and bounds. But keeping a handle on things is a major chore for all involved.
For instance, here at E-LearningVoices.com we're doing our best to keep control of multiple projects with multiple talents almost on a daily basis. “Control” is the key word.
Perhaps your personal e-learning work involves a relatively simple procedure of recording your portion, whether it is a bit part or you are the main narrator, and then billing the client.
Count yourself as extremely lucky if this is all that is required from start to finish!
Following is a run-down on how major projects are controlled at our end.
The first thing you have to accept is that payment will probably not be made to anyone within a 30 day period. Why? It may often take up to 90 days to complete a single e-learning production.
Creating an e-learning production is a multi-layered task. We voice-over talents are only one cog in the creative wheel. And we are usually the last cog.
FOR EVERY PROJECT ...
Here is our procedure at E-LV:
As a participating VO talent, you should keep a record of all of your submissions and confirm with the client what was used.
How is this confusing?
Unless the client specifies receiving only one submission per script, many VO talents will submit more than one “read style” of the script. This may be edited by the client, and you may be asked to edit and re-submit.
So for instance, while perhaps nine minutes were submitted, only four minutes were used.
WHAT TO NOTE:
Keep a detailed record of:
MIGHT DRAG ON
All of this could take many additional days as the Instructional Designers implement all the audio parts into their final production.
And in addition to the above, the client may request that your submissions be broken down into individual files with specific file names.
We charge $1 extra for each file edited, and the fee goes to the VO talent in addition to the “voicing fee”.
Of course, there is yet more to know about the process, and perhaps, concerns you may not have thought of. Our FAQ can help: http://e-learningvoices.com/articles/FAQ.html.
ABOUT RICK ...
Rick Gordon is a veteran voice talent based in Canada, and is also the founder/owner of Commercial Voices.com and co-founder/owner of e-Learning Voices.com - two major online voice-over marketplaces. Commercial Voices.com was created 10 years ago as the web site where voice talents are "hit and heard." e-Learning Voices.com was introduced in 2008 specifically for e-Learning voice-over projects.
Also See: E-Learning: How To Get Hired For Projects - Or Rejected, by Rick Gordon
e-Learningn Voices.com: http://www.e-learningvoices.com/
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