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Are you willing to travel to a studio near you?

Hey, there!

I got a call from one of my VO2GoGo Pros the other day, and he was in a bit of a panic.

Not a huge panic, just a bit of one.

He was wondering why a voice-seeker on Voice123.com wanted all of the people who were auditioning for their project to “go to a studio near them.”

I had an answer for him.

To be fair, he was new to being a Pro, and being a Premium Member of Voice123.com.

And give that Voice123 sometimes doesn’t do the best job of explaining what they mean by certain things, I could understand his concern.

There’s a part of the summary of the projects on Voice123 that displays what the voice-seeker needs from the voice talent. And one of those items can read something like this:

Recording & Delivery Requirements: Talent must record at a designated studio in a specified area

My Pro wanted to know why he had to go to a studio to audition, when he had perfectly good home recording gear to use at his house.

When I explained that this “requirement” was only going to be necessary should he book the job, and not for the audition, he was relieved.

It’s not the first time someone’s had that question.

Voice123 could be clearer about this, and a lot of other things it shows us as voice talent.

What do you find confusing about Voice123? What do you wish they’d make clearer? Let me know below, and I’ll try to clear up the confusion.

Hope this helps.

David

9 Responses to Are you willing to travel to a studio near you?

  1. kk Ryder-VOICE CANDY STUDIOS SoCal April 19, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Like ACX does – If VOICES123 and VOICES dot com sent a little note back saying “The Rights Holder” has decided to hire another producer-that would rock!!!

    • Tara Tyler August 13, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      Just popping in to say thanks for your feedback! We are going to reword that part of the form.

      Also, we did launch a new feature that allows you to be notified if the project was fulfilled (meaning the client did choose a voice actor). Just check the box on the audition submission form that asks if you’d like to be notified when someone is hired. However, not all clients take the time to let us know when they’ve hired someone. We send them an email asking them to let us know if they hired someone, from Voice123 or from elsewhere, or if they decided to cancel the project. They don’t always participate though.

      Hope this helps and I’ll be watching the comments for more feedback on what we can improve. Thank you!

      Tara Tyler
      tara.tyler@voice123.com

      • David H. Lawrence XVII August 13, 2014 at 11:58 am #

        I hear time and again from my clients and my students that your subscription fee is too high, and that some of the filtering controls (don’t send no- or low-fee projects) don’t really work. Hope that helps in your quest.

        • Tara Tyler August 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

          Thanks David. Many talents don’t realize they can opt out of low and no budget projects on the page that says “My Voice Details”: http://cl.ly/image/320d0c3E3o0X and don’t forget to click “Save” after checking the boxes or else it won’t work. The designation as “low-budget” is determined by our CS Team and they do their best to mark them as such. I do hear this complaint as well, we just haven’t come up with a solution that suits everyone. We want Voice123 to continue as an open marketplace and stay out of setting prices. I tell talents not to audition for projects that they feel are paying an unfair rate. If a client gets no auditions for their projects, or they only get bad ones, they will understand that they need to raise their rates.

          I have passed along this post and these comments to the rest of the Voice123 team as well. Hope this helps and thanks for your feedback.

  2. Caesi April 19, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Thanks for posting, David. I wondered about this, too.

  3. Debra Lockett April 20, 2013 at 1:35 am #

    Re: Voice123 – I’ve learned that just because I save my audition files in mp3 format, they do not upload and send unless I actually place the .mp3 extension in the file name when exporting from Audacity.

  4. Matt Forrest August 13, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    One thing that has annoyed me forever about V123 is that one cannot ‘edit’ a demo – such as replacing an old “character voice” demo with a new one. One needs to delete the entire thing – all the text, everything – and replace it with a brand-new one. I was always told they couldn’t do it, technically…but I can’t imagine why.

    As for the subscription fee being so high, that’s one of two reasons I didn’t renew my membership when it expired earlier this month. The other reason was, I hadn’t booked ANYTHING since last October. All the voice work I’ve done this past year has been through my own marketing, so it made no sense to continue. I used to get around 1 gig every month or so, but it was worth it – now, nothing. I can’t imagine how some folks get 2 and 3 gigs a week from it.

  5. Mike Broderick August 16, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    It would really help to know if an audition has actually been listened to.

    As ‘opened’ can mean deleted, it’s often difficult to tell.

  6. Pat England August 26, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    I’m a newbie in this business.

    After reading a few books written by VO professionals and scrolling through online forums, I am feeling disillusioned and dissuaded from joining any of these pay-to-play sites. It sounds like you could record hundreds of auditions and maybe never get a job. Is this the typical price to pay for a start-up?

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