Pro Tips for Casting Voice-over Part 4

Submitted by voplanet on Wed, 09/26/2018 - 09:40

Is it best to hire voiceover talent through a casting agent? Yes. No. Well, maybe. Let’s explore…

If you cast voiceover at some point your going to be asked to “contact my agent”. Often you find a voice you love and are instructed to call one of several agents that represent the voice actor. Usually being referred to an agent means higher quality talent and higher talent fees. Why? First, not every voiceover actor has an agent. That’s because agents will not place just any old voice actor on their roster. Agents only accept top talent that they feel will attract jobs. After all, the agent will make money off each job the talent they rep books. Bigger names bring bigger bucks. Voiceover actors that are represented by agents are often actual actors. And that usually means they are trained in theater, that they have so much work coming in they need and agent, are with the Union, and must be paid Union fees. Obviously, a trained professional Union voice actor with an agent is going to command higher voiceover fees than a self-trained voice talent that does Non-Union work. Union people will tell you that they are the most talented, highly trained vo people in the business and that it is sacrilege to hire Non-Union voice talent. However, there are many major agencies are creative that are happy to book Non-Union voiceover actors for national work. You can get top quality voiceover work without booking through an agent or using Union talent. Should you? Agents and Union folks say no. Every single job booked should be cast with an agent and you should only hire Union talent. But that is not reality. The truth is there are thousands of voiceover projects cast every single day. If you are casting a vo for local charity event, you are not going to hire a Union voice and pay those kinds of fees. There are too many voiceover jobs that simply do not qualify or have the budget to be run through an agent. If you have the luxury of working with big budgeted gigs and want the best of the best, you should book via an agent. You will have to. If you are doing voiceover work that demands great talent but you do not have the time and budget (or need) for agency represented voice actors, you can certainly find many that sound just as good, for less money by booking directly. Either Google “voiceover talent” and go through all the listings to find voices one at a time. Or you can use a service like where you can quickly curate from hundreds of vetted voiceover actors in one place. Be warned that many vo sites allow anyone with a credit card to sign up as a “pro voiceover talent”. only allows established pros join to assure you are not wasting time wading through bad auditions from part-timers and hobbyists. Should you need to book through an agent there are many reputable pros in our industry and we are happy to make recommendations.

In our next article, we will show you what posting voiceover jobs looks like from the voice seekers point of view, debunk a few myths about auditioning on p2p sites and answer questions about how this on-line booking thing works.



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