***IMPORTANT UPDATE: I appreciate you taking the time to read this article. I would ask that after you read it, please read my most recent article on this subject called “Voices.com Reviews…MAJOR UPDATE!!” One of these companies has made a very significant change that you should know about. I will post this link again at the end of this article.***
If you’re trying to break into the voice over field, you’ve probably done some research online. And if you’ve done some research online, you’ve probably stumbled across pay-to-play or P2P sites. And when it comes to voice overs, there are two P2P heavyweights…Voices.com and Voice123. Just like me when I got started, a lot of people ask the question, what is the outcome is in a Voices.com vs. Voice123 match-up? The obvious reason they ask this, is because they want to know which of the two will give them the most success. I’m going to give you the answer right now…you’re asking the wrong question! OK, I know, that was a big build up to get to that ‘let-down’ of an answer, but stick with me on this. Both companies are good and yes, I may slightly lean towards one more than the other. However, once you know that both companies are good, you need to ask a much more important question…
What question should you ask and to whom?
The question is this: Am I ready to work? The person you’re asking it to: Yourself.
Let me give you the good news about P2P sites…everybody can play! Let me give you the bad news…everybody can play. What these P2P sites allow you to do is pay a monthly or yearly fee and audition for voice over jobs. What this means is that people have to take some initiative if they want to succeed; and the problem is that there are a lot of lazy people on these sites. This can include people who don’t learn how to produce good quality audio, therefore, they submit auditions that can’t compete with the others. Also, it could include people who just don’t audition at all. They’re sitting there, waiting for someone to come across their profile and say, “Hey! Here’s someone who’s brand new to voice overs, with no demos for me to hear and they haven’t submitted an audition for the job I just posted. This is who I’m looking for!”
Truthfully, it’s easy to spot those people when they write reviews. I’m simply telling you not to get discouraged when you find complaints on the internet from people saying, “I was on ______ website for a year and didn’t book anything.” Here’s what I take from a review like that…nothing. What did they do for a year? How many auditions did they submit per week? Me personally, I usually submit, at the very minimum, 15 auditions a day, and that’s usually when I have other client work to get done. When I don’t have other client work, I submit as much as 30 or more in a day. However, I have talked to people who have sounded very angry at these websites and their sob story to me was, “I do 2-3 auditions per day and still haven’t booked anything!”
The Big Secret
Here’s the big secret, if you want this to be your living, start treating it like it is now. I’m not telling you to quit your day job. In fact, that’s the last thing I’m telling you to do. And I’m certainly not telling you to spend a lot of time away from your family, but on a part time basis, if you could take an hour at night, spending half the time learning about producing good quality audio and the other half auditioning, you’ll be well on your way!
The Hardest Part
The part that’s hardest for the people getting started, is just the fear of the unknown. I really think that’s the main reason people don’t push as hard as they can. I don’t think they’re afraid of hard work, I just think they’re afraid that they might fail because this is something new, therefore, they don’t do what they’re capable of doing. My first job was booked three months after I started, from my 244th audition…and I almost quit two weeks before. What would things be like if I hadn’t decided to stick it out a little while longer? Here’s a question for you. If someone had told me that I would book a job on my 244th audition, how fast would I have gotten there? One, maybe two, weeks? I can tell you this, it would’ve been a lot shorter than three months.
The Best Advice?
Put in the time and hard work and, most importantly, don’t quit! You never know when that next audition is going to book the job.
If I had to pick one…
Truthfully, I think the main difference is customer service and methods of payment, which overall, I believe Voices.com is the way to go. I’ve rarely had experiences with any company that seems to work so hard to provide good customer service. Plus, Voices.com’s escrow service, called SurePay, is an added bonus. Nothing like having the guarantee of payment from your clients.
Again, the most important part is, once you pick, get to work!