The Voices audio marketplace has connected freelance actors with audio producers for projects of all kinds, including music albums, audiobooks, podcasts, and movie trailers, since 2005. The service currently hosts over 2 million audio professionals from more than 160 countries, who offer creative services in over 100 languages and dialects.
While the service is often used by smaller producers who do not have the budget for full-time voice actors, they are also frequently browsed by talent scouts from large production companies and major brands. The Voices team is celebrating two voice actors who have found success with brands like Netflix and Nike, and whose story has been featured in the Washington Post.
Known as the “Voiceover Couple,” Dom and Nicole Draper from Delaware got their big break when Dom was scouted by Nike for a video about Nike Air Max Graffiti stores. Not long after, Nicole was hired by audio specialist company Hefty to work on a Netflix special, and the couple has been doing steady voice over work ever since.
Rates for voice over work can vary widely, based on the length of the clips and the editing work required. According to the Voices team, typical rates can range from $100 for a short commercial on the radio to $10,000 for voicing the star character in an animated short film.
A satisfied client said, “I stopped using talent agencies to find talent. The process was slow and clunky, especially for fast turnaround projects. If a talent contacts me, I refer them to Voices. I don’t have the time or resources to keep individual talent demos and profiles. If they are not with Voices, then I don’t use them.”
Companies looking to hire freelance voice actors can use the service’s updated categories to narrow down their search. Frequently used categories include animation, voice assistants, radio, and video games. The updated categories for freelancers also allow talent scouts to find the right voice based on its characteristics, rather than the type of recording they are hiring for. This allows companies to find actors who can precisely fill the roles they have in mind, without having to preview hundreds of voices. Some common characteristics that voices are sorted by include age, style, language, and accent.
For more information about freelance voice acting or hiring voice actors, please visit https://www.voices.com
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