-by J.E. Burton


· pay-to-play,proofreading,voiceover,low-balling

You're browsing projects to audition for when you find misleading or inconsistent specs. What looks like a reasonable rate at first glance looks like an impossibly low-ball rate for another role in the same project. And to make the case worse, the rights are 'buyout in perpetuity."

Run away! Only don't just run. Flag it and cite why.

Since 2004, Voice 123 has loomed as one of the longest-running pay-to-play sites legitimate clients cast on for their projects at fair rates, yet some no-name clients exploit them to pander to the hobbyists in voiceover who are 'trying it out' without investigating what constitutes mutually fair payments for voiceover artists. Voiceover veteran Paul Schmidt has made the distinction for hobbyists and serious voiceover artists, namely for the latter to avoid low-balling sites like Fiverr, Bunny Studio, and Voices. I suggest that even the hobbyist:

1. look at the rate, category, amount of content (in time or words) the client is offering
2. compare that project spec with the Global Voice Actors Academy (GVAA) rates
3. Look for errors in spec or rates. Is there a discrepancy or more? Flag it!

As Paul says, we teach clients how to treat us by the rates we accept.

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