In a world where Motion Designer's need voiceovers...
Damn! Those storyboards are suh-weeet!!! So how are you going to animate them without a great voiceover track to get your timing right? We’ve got you covered. In this post we're going to share a few of our favorite places to get voiceover work. We even have a tutorial that will help you become a pro at coaching your voiceover artists.
Daddy Warbucks Budget — Voices.com
If you’ve landed a project where the client has done this before and set aside some coin in their budget for quality voiceover, then Voices.com is the place for you.
Voices.com has a minimum of $500.00 no matter the project. If your script is only 15-seconds, you’re still paying $500.00. Similar to flying first-class, you get some sweet perks. Voice.com has dedicated account representatives that work for you as the liaison. When the client says they'd rather hear “wiener” with a ‘v’ pronunciation, your account rep will be there to facilitate that change. They also offer quite a few other perks you can read about on their site such as branded demo pages.
These reps know what sounds good and what sounds bad. In short, working with Voices.com is like getting a Whitney Houston of voice over artists. You may run into an occasional Bobby Brown or two on the site, but in my experience, you’ll come across very few duds and have a hard time making a final decision because they all sound great.
Mid-Range Budgets — Voice123
Voices123 has a simple search platform and browsable database. While you can get a representative, Voice123 focuses on you handling your relationship with the voiceover actor. Part of the minimum budget that Voices.com has definitely goes to that representative, so immediately you’ll see a price drop. The quality pretty much stays the same too, but you’re doing the heavy lifting when finding the talent, pricing negotiation, and any necessary revisions and how that is handled.
For a 60-second spot, a voiceover talent will likely range between $100 and $500. There isn’t a minimum and sometimes you can find a real gem for less than $100.
Low to Mid-Range Budgets and Multiple Languages— VoiceBunny
VoiceBunny.com is extremely similar to Voice123.com. I probably could get away just copying and pasting the previous paragraph, the setup is so similar. There is one thing that VoiceBunny really prides itself on, though.
Front and center they make it known that you can easily find voiceover talent for multiple languages. If you’re working with a big name client who needs videos translated to multiple languages, VoiceBunny seems to have this down. Almost all voiceover services offer this in one way or another, but if you go check out the site, you’ll see what I mean for yourself.
VoiceBunny again has a similar range to Voice123. You can find a talent starting as low as $50 for a 60-second spot and it goes up from there.
Low Budgets — InternetJock.com
While the site design could use a bit of an update, InternetJock's customer service and talent are exceptional and more than make up for the poor design. Starting around $50-$60 for a 60-second spot, you can expect delivery the same day most of the time without any rush fees. It's never taken longer than 24 hours for me.
Their talent selection is pretty limited to keep the process fast and simple. However, if you work with a talent a couple times, you'll get to know their tendencies and what to expect.
InternetJock also has a really sweet phone system that a talent can request you use for pronunciation purposes. In my experience, they’ll usually make the request even before recording so you don’t have to ask for a revision. Not bad for $60.
Do I really need to write anything about UpWork? If you’re a freelancer, you know what UpWork does. They are a platform for companies or other freelancers to outsource jobs. They kind of have a negative connotation about them for hurting budgets across the industry. However, if you’ve got a bad budget, then you’re probably looking here. There's definitely is a reason why they exist.
To be completely frank, you get what you get with UpWork. If you put in enough effort, you can get a really great VO for almost nothing. Will you feel good about it, though? Will you? Will you?!
Coaching talent can be one of the most difficult parts of the entire Motion Design process, but it doesn’t have to be. Directing and coaching VO artists is a skill that must be practiced. In this tutorial from our Making Giants series Joey shares how he coaches VO artists by giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the process.