Let’s face it, booking voiceover can be a frustrating. In our first VOP blog posts we take a look at vo booking sites and give you pro tips on casting voiceover to help you cast vo quickly and effectivley.
No matter if you are new to booking vo, or if you’ve booked voices on-line before, you might find the process a tedious and time-consuming hassle. I feel you. I have spent thousands of hours casting voiceover online. It can be nerve wracking to plow through hundreds of websites to track down the perfect voice for your client by deadline. To help make casting vo faster and easier for you we will explain the different kinds of vo websites and give you helpful tips to navigate through all the voice choices out there. Over the next few blogs I will share a bit of what I have learned in my fifteen years of casting voices on-line. This information will help you determine what the good vo casting options are, and which sites to avoid. You will learn the different categories of online casting websites, which ones are the best fit for you, and the shortcuts I have learned to dramatically speed up your search for voiceover actors.
A Breakdown of Voiceover Websites
Google voice-over and you get millions of results. It is hard to know which site to use or who you can trust. There are so many types of vo sites. Let’s break down voiceover sites into a few general categories, then let’s discuss each in depth.
Voiceover Site Categories Include:
Top of Page VO Sites: These are the vo sites that pay to be among the top ads when you Google voiceover. Usually these sites offer low prices that are visible in the ad. Careful! These sites can be sketchy. More on that soon.
Freelancer Sites: These are the sites where freelancers of any vocation can become members. There are are voice actors on these sites, along with video people, audio editors, you name it. Voice-over actors are fiercely for or against these sites. We will take you to the frontlines of the freelancer voice site debate and find out if you really can and should book a vo for five bucks.
Pay-to-Play Sites: These are sites (and VOPlanet is one) where the voice actors pay a fee for a membership to the site. That is the “Pay-” part, and the “to-Play” means to work or get auditions that the sites find for their members. The top two Corporate P2P sites have been accused of unfair practices. We will discuss which P2P vo sites you can trust, which ones you can’t, and why.
Voice Actor Websites: Every serious voice actor has a website where they can be hired directly. There are so many of these sites it is time consuming to go through them all. It can be worth the deep dive, and dive we shall into the deep waters of vo actor sites.
Voiceover Agent or Agency Sites: These are the portals run by professional voiceover casting agents that represent a roster of voice actors. You will find top talent here, but there are extra expenses to consider. We will take a close look at agents and agency sites and help you decide if hiring through an agency is right for your vo project.
That is a list of the kinds of vo sites you will encounter most often. Of course, there are others. We will save that for future discussion.
Next, we will begin breaking down each category of vo site for you starting with the top of the page voiceover sites. Can you really get the voiceover you need for 39 bucks? Check back in here at VOPlanet.com soon for part 2 of our VO casting guide and more riveting information from behind-the-scenes in voiceover.
If you need a voiceover, do not hesitate to let us know. Casting vo projects is free here at VOPlanet.com. All of our actors are vetted professionals with broadcast quality home studios. You can trust VOPlanet.com. Go ahead! Post a casting call here.