Heat’s makin’ us all Crazy!

Okay, we know it’s hot here in Arizona and sometimes the heat can drive people nuts, but I just had a frustrating experience with a Tucson voice over client that actually expected me to do a 10-page script for only $40. That’s right, an Arizona voice over prospect who thinks $40 is enough for 10 pages … BALDERDASH! We may all still be feeling the crunch from the 2008 crash, but I don’t need the $$$ THAT badly. Sorry, Tucson voice over client (or any other Arizona voice over client, for that matter), but sometimes, it’s just not worth it!

The Heat is On!

Well, summertime in Phoenix Arizona is here again. Global warming? You Bet! I had a voice over at a Phoenix recording studio last week and all I can say is, thank God for air conditioning! Trying to do a Phoenix voice over in that kind of weather is tough. The worst thing is, when doing an Arizona voice over in that kind of heat, meeting the client with sweat pouring out of you. Try not being embarrassed shaking hands with your Phoenix voice over client, who gives you a certain look as he/she wipes their own hands off afterwards. Not the best of impressions for your Phoenix voice over or Arizona voice over client. See ya next time!

I’m Back with new voiceovers, imaging, announcing & production!

Well, after sooo long, I’ve finally decided to start regularly updating my voice-over blog. For some time, I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t getting many live announcer jobs, or why the amount of imaging jobs was getting steadily lower and lower. Ok, duh!!!

I often joke that my voiceover websites get me far more business than my voice talent agent, but I finally got a good one from them! I recently did a gig for “Got Milk?” radio ads. Nice live announcer pay! Yay!

I’ll stop in and add more later, but for now, I have to start creating blogs for all my other voice-over and voice talent pages! Bye!

Keep that voice over prospect!

Alright, so you’ve got a prospective voice over client on the phone (or on an email). They’ve heard your voiceover demo, have explained the project and are ready to hire you. Then comes the “make or break” question … “What are your rates?”

I call it a “make or break” question because depending on your answer, you’ll either get the gig or they’ll run screaming. Its especially difficult right now because due to the economy, many male and female voice talents have had to adjust their rates to keep the business coming. That’s good for the customer, but it means more fierce competition for us announcers.

There are those out there who have enough business or are in such demand that they can simply set their rates as they wish and not worry about possible clients that can’t afford it. For most of us narrators and voice-over artists, that’s not the case. So, when asked what are rates are, what do we charge? What’s the magic number that will land you the gig as opposed to your competition?

One way to deal with the quandry is to spend umpteen hours researching what others are charging, but there are so many available voice talents out there, it can take days or even weeks to get enough info. Instead, I’ve chosen to start putting the ball back in the voice over client’s court. When they ask what my rates are, I’ll often turn it around and ask them, “What were you looking to spend?” or “How much do you have budgeted for this project?”  Let them shoot you a number. Let them make the call, just as if you were auditioning for a gig that had a set rate. If the number looks OK, then go with it. If not, you can always try to negotiate.

—Russ Walton

Hello, Everyone!

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