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|The World at My Feet||
Based in the United Kingdom, my dream of working in the voice-over industry as a Dutch and English talent has become a reality.
Voices.com plays a large part in this. They provide a website which expands the market phenomenally. When clients are looking for a voice talent they now have all the voice-over professionals within hands reach.
With this website I can truly state that my work field has expanded from Europe to the entire world. Clients from the US, UK, Germany and The Netherlands have contacted me since I have been part of websites like Voices.com.
The expertise of the people behind the site is second to none. Voices.com is not just a business. It is a business lead by people who know what it takes to build the bridge between the voice artist and the client. They've been there themselves many times and provide this service whilst sharing their knowledge with others. They have opened up avenues that were never available before.
Next to this, Voices.com is not just a website to promote your experience. It is a database of knowledge. Everything you want to learn about the voice-over industry can be found here. The website is very easy to understand and has great features for anyone who is looking for a voice artist, or for voice artists who would like to promote their skills.
It has been a pleasure to be a part of Voices.com and I look forward to meeting my next client through this great website. Of het nu voor Nederlands project is (whether it is for a Dutch project) or in English!
|Working for Nintendo of America||
I was contacted directly by Nintendo of America through Voices.com to voice a newly designed customer support interactive voice recording in preparation for the launch of the Wii U.
Rather than posting a public job, the project manager in charge of the project at Nintendo spent a fair amount of time with her staff using the search feature on Voices.com to listen to demos of possible candidates.
I was fortunate to have had an on-hold messaging demo on my profile where the tone and style they desired matched exactly what they were looking for.
In working with large companies like Nintendo, there are many levels of approvals required that can make the payment process longer than working with independent producers.
Fortunately, Voices.com was already an approved vendor for Nintendo, and the payment process was quick and easy through the Voices.com SurePay system.
I have been back to work for them a couple of times since first hired to do the bulk of the their recordings, and Voices.com continues to facilitate a smooth process.
|Steve McCoy Was Brilliant||
I involved Voices.com to manage a voice-over project for me. You submitted several auditions from various people from your talent pool, and I was wildly impressed by the services you provided me.
Mr. Steve McCoy, throughout both auditions, impressed me greatly. It was clear that he wanted the project and gave me the longest audition, complete with a mini "sales-pitch" as to why I should consider him for the voice of Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, an interactive children's picture book which will be available soon for download at iTunes.com.
I was not disappointed after I hired Steve McCoy through you. I had the extreme pleasure of working with Steve during a creative Skype session where he worked very hard to pinpoint my needs and rose to each and every challenge I threw his way. The voice work he provided me was brilliant and it was clear that his years of broadcasting experience make him the perfect voice for projects such as these.
I would absolutely hire Steve McCoy again and again should I have a need in the future. Moreover, Steve has already pushed my project into his own network. It's clear that he takes a vested interest in everything he touches, and I'm glad to have had the chance to get to know him. I certainly do hope that I will be able to work with him, and you, again soon.
Tonia Allen Gould/Author
|Voices.com Is My Voice Over Oracle!||
I got into voice acting in high school. People liked my voice, I enjoyed talking, and thus...my fate was sealed! Oh, and I am dramatic.
For a good while I could not find a job, not because of a lack of skill, of course, but because by the time I heard about the job, it had ended!
Well that simply would not do. So I set out on a quest, to find an oracle to tell me when new voice over jobs would arrive! But when I could not find one, I found Voices.com.
Voices.com allows me to get to the job in time and now people are coming to me with the jobs. Madness, I know.
When fans ask me "Hey Forrest, where is a good place to start out for me?" I always tell them Voices.com. Not only are they friendly, helpful, fun and cool - they know how to keep it spicy.
|Booked a Job Recorded in a Taco Bell Parking Lot||
Just wanted to say thanks for the Voices.com iPhone app.
I booked a pretty tasty gig that I auditioned for on my iPhone while sitting in a Taco Bell parking lot.
No special mic or anything...just straight into the phone.
I probably would have missed the opportunity altogether had it not been for the convenience and well-thought-out functionality of the app.
|We Found Our Virtual Tutor on Voices.com||
We needed a voice actor for our mobile app startup, PlayPozz, and I was dreading finding someone on my own. We develop education apps for kids and were looking for someone very specific to be the voice of our virtual tutor. I didn't know where to start!
Luckily, I found Voices.com.
With one click, I entered Voices.com's superstore of voices. It was amazing. They have every type of voice you can imagine. I went from not knowing where to start to, honestly, being slightly overwhelmed. But I didn't stay that way for long.
Enter Grant Thomas, Project Manager at Voices.com. Within an hour of signing up, Grant called and explained that he would handle the whole process for me at no extra charge - I only had to tell him what I wanted.
Within 48 hours, he delivered recordings from twelve actors reading my script, and all matched my needs. I chose Amanda Sellers because of her experience, enthusiasm, and the high production value of her recordings. I could see why all the largest, most well-known companies love her. She has excellent range, and her voice is perfect for kids of all ages.
With Amanda's talent and Grant at the helm, the whole process was quick and smooth, even though our project changed several times, and I made them return to the studio twice.
Thank you, Voices.com!
|App Makes Auditioning On The Go A Breeze||
There are many great things about doing voice-over. One is that we get paid for the same things they sent us out in the hall for in school, like doing the alphabet in the voice of a zebra. Another is that we get to fit work into our life, rather than the other way around. Kids have a school play? No problem. You can always keep up with Voices.com from your mobile device.
I did the entire transaction; email, response, reply with demo, and submission, while standing in line at Splash Mountain! What?!? I love that!
That beats driving around town old-school style waiting to audition in dark, smokey studios. Yes, now the job where you can work from your bedroom in your boxers gets even better! Oh, and we had a great time at Disney. The kids were on Instagram more than I was on Voices.com, I swear.
|Voices.com Didn't Even Flinch!||
The Voices.com team was very helpful, flexible, fast and professional throughout my entire project. Even with difficult and fast timelines to meet, the Voices.com team did not flinch and got right to work. Mercedes Steele, Matthew Bird and E.J. Debenham were a pleasure to work with and very accommodating to our needs.
Francois Jasmin, our French voice talent as recommended by Mercedes, wowed the client. His first recording was accepted by the client without hesitation. Francois's recording was crisp, clear, and very well-articulated. On time, on budget and with a smile.
I will recommend Voices.com to all my project managers for any future projects.
|Praise from the Resource Guru||
When you're creating a video for your new app or product, you need to think about the voice-over (unless it doesn't have one of course). Who's going to do it? You? Your co-founder? Someone else in the office? But what about the recording?
You want great quality sound so you'll need a good microphone and a quiet place to record it. Or, you could just do what we've done and find a professional voice-over artist online.
We contacted a few voice-over companies and, while some of them looked great, their royalty fees were not exactly small. Also, things were often complicated. For example, the artist not being available at the time you want to do the recording.
Eventually, I found Voices.com which is amazing! It's got hundreds of voice-over artists and they all have their own equipment and studios - ready to record at the drop of a hat. It's been an absolute pleasure working with Marc Scott. He turned things around really fast and the quality of his work was excellent. And tweaks were no trouble at all - great attitude!
I've put together a little screen cast to show how it works and I hope this helps you with your video project.
Voices.com Review - Voice-over Website
|What a Great Experience!||
I recently had opportunities to work with Vincent Van Geel of ISOTX.
What a great experience! He knows his trade extremely well and can extract one's best performance.
They truly are a very professional company and are taking the video game world to new levels. It is a pleasure to work with them.
|Voices.com Webinar Helped Me Book More Work||
I have been using my voice to pay the bills since I got my first on-air radio gig in 1990. In the last 22 years I have done it all, across Canada. From the midnight shift to mornings, top 40 to country, and just about everything in between. There was even a brief stint in "classic country"... Eke!
As any radio person will tell you, part of the job is voice production. Every day after your on-air shift, you trundle down the hall to the production booth and are handed a stack of scripts. At some point during a radio career, it occurs to you that, outside of the radio walls, there are people who are making money at this.
Wouldn't it be neat to be one of them!
Sometimes we all just need a little kick to take that first step. My kick came in the form of "termination." They don't call it "fired" or "laid off" anymore. Now they say "you are terminated." I have got to tell you, it doesn't make it any less painful. It's a pretty tough shot to the ego.
After 22 years in radio and 12 years hosting my own morning show, I was about to be suddenly unemployed. Now doing freelance voice work started to seem like less of a neat idea, and more of a way to pay the mortgage.
I invested in a good quality microphone, made some investments in computer hardware, software, and with the help of some foam rubber doubling as sound proofing, turned the 15 square foot closet in the basement into a pretty great recording studio.Then I paid for my first month subscription to Voices.com. Now...let the cash start rolling in!
Initially the plan was to "test the waters," and after two weeks, the water seemed to be pretty cold. In the first week I had probably completed about 50 custom auditions. Nothing. By the second week, that number was up to almost 100. Still nothing. After week three I was beginning to think that the investments I had made and the continuing investment of my time might have been in vain.
Then I received an e-mail from Voices.com asking how my subscription was going and if I was prepared to renew my membership, or better yet, upgrade to a Premium subscription. The e-mail I sent back was...blunt, to say the least, but cut me some slack, I was starting to get a little depressed.
A short time later I received an e-mail from Kelly at Voices with some tips on increasing my visibility within the website, the importance of a complete profile and some other simple things I can do to be more successful. A few day after that I received a phone call from the staff at Voices.com. Actually, it was at 12 noon of Christmas eve. I remember thinking, "this person cares enough to make just one more phone call before leaving the office to spend time with her family." I was impressed!
I decided to use the tips I had received and give Voices.com "one more month".
It occurred to me that I didn't need to try and do this alone. There are people on the other side of this website who WANT me to succeed and are willing to lend me a hand however they can.
So when the opportunity came up to participate in a Voices.com webinar with the top 'favourited' talent J. Michael Collins, I signed up immediately. He spoke about the importance of being quick with the audition process, why it is important to have as many demos as possible in as many different categories as possible. He shared ideas on marketing yourself, managing client's expectations and professionalism. But the thing he said that inspired me most was, that it took him a MONTH before he booked his first job.
Just like me!
Book More Work Through Voices.com | YouTube
I actually missed some of the webinar because I booked a job during the chat that required my immediate attention. The moral of the story is: You will probably not find immediate success, but don't give up.
If you can invest the time and energy, it will find you!
|It Pays to Watch Commercials!||
Awhile back I auditioned for a commercial for an exercise program. I gave them my best "fitness style" read, with a little more energy than I usually use.
I didn't get the job, but the other day I happened to see the commercial on TV, and heard the narrator they chose. They went with a much more conversational read, which is actually closer to what I usually do.
The next day, an audition notice came in for another fitness product. This time, I decided to go conversational. Turns out, I made the right call...I got the job!
So the next time I'm watching TV and they go to commercial, maybe I'll skip the trip to the fridge and do a little research...it paid off on this project!
|Great New Gig!||
Just a quick note to say THANK YOU for re-opening the door to a fantastic business relationship.
A quick back story... I had worked with Yamaha for almost 20 years as a consultant and although I still talk with people there, I haven't done any work for them in years.
When I saw an audition notice on Voices.com for a project for Yamaha I decided to give it a try - even though I was #82 of 128! Sure enough, I got that call we all love to hear; "Congratulations, the job is yours!"
I am now the ongoing male voice for their new online university for dealer training. It also came right before the big industry trade show (which I still attend). So, I was able to meet all of the contacts (Product Managers and Marketing people) from this new division - as well as have a great 'conversation-starter' for my past contacts at the company.
I feel that this opportunity has breathed new life into a very important business relationship with a fantastic client. I am so grateful to Voices.com!!!
My hope is that this story will inspire others to stick with the process, believe in yourself and keep at it until that door opens for you!
|Awarded My 300th Job On Voices.com!||
I started my career as a singer-songwriter, making albums and touring the USA and Canada with my band. After years of pounding the pavement in the music industry and not really getting anywhere, I knew it was time for a change. With years of expressing myself behind a microphone, I figured it would be a good move to become a radio DJ.
Being a DJ was fun, but voicing the commercials for the station was MUCH more fun. I fell in love with reading copy and I just knew that doing voice-overs was my calling. Not knowing anything about the industry or how to get in it, I was very green. I made a demo with the commercials I did for the station and started to send it to talent agents. None of the agents responded. I didn't give up though.
I heard about Voices.com through a friend and I immediately invested in a decent microphone, turned my closet into a sound booth and signed up for a Voices.com membership. I started auditioning and within a few weeks, I was awarded my first job (January 2010). I worked as a bartender at night so I could audition during the day. More jobs started coming in and within that year, I was able to quit the bar job and do voice-overs full-time!
I live on the West Coast, so in order to be up with the East Coast VO's, I would wake up at 5:30 am and warm up my voice so that I would be ready to go when the auditions got posted. Three short years later, I now have amazing bi-coastal talent agents, numerous regular clients and I was just awarded my 300th job on Voices.com!
I got so busy that now my husband Mike works with me full time as my audio engineer/producer. He also manages projects now and uses Voices.com to find the talent.
On my journey thus far I've learned that you can't worry about how others "made it" in this industry. Everyone's story is unique and if you want it bad enough, anything is possible. Highlights for me on the Voices.com site have been making the All-time Top 100 Favorites list, working for awesome and fun clients (including the Voices.com Project Management Team), and just last week I got my most lucrative job on the site so far, which was a series of commercials with the LA Times.
My advice for those just starting out would be to stay positive and celebrate your successes along the way (maybe you haven't landed a job yet - but a client gave you a thumbs up or favorited your page!), audition lots and be prompt at getting them in, have impeccable customer service, take workshops and classes, listen to the podcasts on Voices.com, network with other voice actors, read books out loud, take care of your voice, and have an attitude of gratitude.
|Couldn't Be Happier!||
We used a voice-over talent from Voices.com and couldn't be happier! As a London, Ontario start-up, we hope to see the growth you have one day. Congrats!
I had known about Voices.com for awhile, but it wasn't until I started my own business that I was really able to see how it worked. We were amazed at how many voices we had to choose from and had a lot of fun picking voice over talent that would get our video's message across with the right enthusiasm and sound.
We look forward to making another video so we can use the Voices.com services again!