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Little OT: Voiceovers


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I know some of you jingle guys must have to hire people to do voiceovers. I have some Flash work that they want a female voiceover. Janet, my wife has a great voice & the client is happy with her. But I don't know what to charge for her & the engineering. What do you guys charge?

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It varies, depending on the project.

 

For ones like you're talking about where I use my voice and studio, I bill separately if I can. If it's someone I know/small business, I charge $40 per hr for the studio and $60 per hour for VO. It goes up from there...

 

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Thanks Dave. I was thinking about $130 but I think I'll scale that back to $100 for both. Why do you like to bill separately?

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I remember my first VO session. Talent showed up, knocked out VO for a 30 second radio spot in about 15 minutes & left. I did some editing, added needledrop & had the spot done in an hour. Later I saw the talent invoice (I don't book VO talent).... $350.00. I was horrified, until....

 

..... about a week later when a client brought in their receptionist because "she has a pleasant sounding voice". After 2 hours of trying to coach anything close to a useable read, and another hour and a half trying to comp (turd polish) her 100 takes into something usable, we got done... and then I added music & mixed. When it was all said & done, they would've saved money if they'd hired a pro, (because of the extra studio time they used up). And, what they ended up with wasn't even close to what they could've had with a pro. Since then, I've shared this story with clients whenever they try to skimp on talent.

 

I don't feel bad about rates for VO talent, which is pretty typically in the $250-$400 range depending on the project. When they're good, they can make a message come across in spades. I do feel awful about the rates for musical talent- why singers & musicians get so much less than VO talent, I haven't a clue.

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I hear ya mcgoo. I have to do a lot to get over. So far this year I've done 60+ of them ( jingles). I loose money on every gig, but make up for it in volume. :)
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I don't feel bad about rates for VO talent, which is pretty typically in the $250-$400 range depending on the project. When they're good, they can make a message come across in spades.

 

Wow. There are seven in the series. The bill will be in this range by the end of it.

 

Thanks to everyone for chiming in.

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I don't feel bad about rates for VO talent, which is pretty typically in the $250-$400 range depending on the project. When they're good, they can make a message come across in spades.

 

Wow. There are seven in the series. The bill will be in this range by the end of it.

 

Thanks to everyone for chiming in.

 

I should also add that when there are multiple projects in one, we'll negotiate the fee a bit with the talent. For example, a radio spot with one basic read but 10 location tags might pay for the standard read & then an extra $50 - $75 per tag.

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