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Voices.com vs. Voice123…the BIG secret!

***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?

voices.com vs. voice123The 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!


***Now that you have read this article, I ask you to please do yourself a favor and go read my other article called, “Voices.com Reviews…MAJOR UPDATE!!” Whether you are new to voice over or have been doing this for years, this could be extremely important information for you to know!***

By |September 1st, 2014|Voice Over|23 Comments

About the Author:

Bryan Saint, a magician, speaker and voice over artist, based out of Charlotte NC, is a multi-award-winning entertainer.


  1. Tim September 13, 2018 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Hey Bryan, bery informative.

    The world of VO is fast becoming eroded by pay to plays. It almost feels like a new platform is popping up every day.

    On your note about Voice 123 removing smartcast… that would be awesome. Have you heard anymore about this? It is a tragically flawed system, and it should go the way of,the Dodo, but I have not seen any more info about its demise.

    Have a good one.


    • Bryan Saint September 16, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      Hey Tim. The biggest problem is when P2P sites (mainly Voices dot com) seem to think it’s their job to make sure that everyone who’s on the site gets hired, despite how little effort is being put in. Voices has even stated that they want as many small success stories as possible. Well, when you get someone with no talent who is willing to bend over backwards to get paid a tenth of what the job’s budget should be, that’s when you have “talent” coming out of the woodwork to get a piece of this industry. And then, if the company that got them booked in the first place is taking as much as 90% on some jobs, that’s how you drive an industry into the ground. Thankfully, most clients can still tell the difference between talent and beginner. I think P2P sites are the future of this industry, but I believe that there will be a few sites that dominate the bookings and Voices won’t be one of them.
      And as far as the removal of SmartCast goes, it’s still in the works. They initially said by the end of summer. I’m hoping it won’t be much longer.

  2. Rob Marley August 14, 2017 at 8:20 am - Reply

    If you like paying a fee to audition, PLUS a fee to ensure the client pays after the job is done, PLUS a fee to “manage” the job so the client doesnt have to listen to several hundred auditions of varying quality – and finding out that this “managed” fee could be up to 80% of the total cost of the job, then yeah, Voices-dot-con is the way to go.

    • Bryan Saint October 14, 2017 at 11:14 pm - Reply

      Hey Rob, thanks so much for your comment! If you haven’t done so, check out my review about Voices.com. Here’s the link (http://www.bryansaint.com/voices-com-reviews-major-update/). I have no problem with the P2P concept, as long as the people are acting professional and ethical. Voices.com has yet to prove that. I, along with hundreds of other talents, would love to see a change. Unfortunately, not only have they not made the changes they need to, they have yet to even admit to their mistakes. I definitely with almost everything you said! They’re a terrible direction to go for newbies trying to learn this industry!

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  5. Toni Coy-Price June 27, 2016 at 3:03 am - Reply

    I would love to put my versatile voice to work as a means to earning an income. Do you have any suggestions for breaking in to the education phase of voice work including the technical aspect of recording?

  6. Toni Coy-Price June 27, 2016 at 2:59 am - Reply

    Hello and thanks for the informative article. How does one go about finding a coach in this particular field?

    • Bryan Saint July 5, 2016 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      Hey Tony! Thanks for your comments. As far as getting yourself some knowledge on home studios and some of the technical aspects of this industry, a great start is a YouTube channel by Bill Dewees (just search his name on YouTube). Absolutely some outstanding information! As far as a coach is concerned, J Michael Collins is fantastic on not only voice coaching side, but also the online casting side as well. He can give you some great in depth advice for breaking into online casting sites like the two I mentioned here, as well as some other good ones that I haven’t mentioned. I wish you all the best!

  7. aby gonzalez June 18, 2016 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’ve always been very interested in this career but I have never taken any classes. I have a completely different career (high school biology teacher). Is this something someone like me (with no experience in this area) can be successful with on voices.com?

    • Bryan Saint June 25, 2016 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      Hi Aby! Thanks for your comment! Yes, you absolutely can be successful. However, don’t go into this completely blind. Definitely get some evaluation from a coach before diving in. If you need information on a good coach, let me know!

  8. David K April 30, 2016 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Hi Bryan,

    Thanks for that. I would also like to say that I resonate with your experience. I would also like to add that if you don’t enjoy auditioning, then you are in the wrong business. It’s a part of the job. It is also an opportunity to develop your range and talent, even when you are not getting work. Best, David.

    • Bryan Saint May 3, 2016 at 12:20 am - Reply

      Completely agree, David! This business is not about sitting back and watching the jobs flood in. People need to realize that 90% of their recordings will be auditions. Only 10% are going to be jobs. I think if people grasp that (and accept it) early on, they’re in this for the long haul. Thanks for your input, David!

  9. Jordan January 17, 2016 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    In regards to a demo reel, can I use my auditions to make one up?

    • Bryan Saint January 18, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

      Hi Jordan! Definitely do NOT use auditions as your demo. That’s copy written specifically for a company and in some cases, it’s nondisclosure information. Edge Studio has a script library with thousands of scripts that are available if you sign up for a free account. However, if you have the money, I can’t even begin to tell you what a professionally produced demo would do for you. The prices on those are extremely varied, so definitely check it out!

      • Mark Pants May 9, 2016 at 12:35 pm

        Great info! I’m going to have to pull some of my demos ASAP. Thanks for the heads up.

        When you talk about a professionally produced demo I have a couple questions if you don’t mind. Should I be worried if I cannot reproduce that level of quality from my home studio equipment? Or could I send them several files (with my various characters and voices) and have them put it together as a coherent demo?

      • Bryan Saint May 11, 2016 at 2:47 pm

        Thanks for the comment, Mark! Truthfully, your best bet is to get a professionally produced demo. Demos are extremely important because they’re selling not just you, but your quality. I recommend talking with J Michael Collins regarding demo production because he knows what works best on these pay to play sites. Best of luck with it!

  10. Fran December 17, 2015 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    This has encouraged me to try out voice casting websites, as I previously have been very put off from bad reviews. Happy to see that Voices.com has a payment guarantee!

    • Bryan Saint January 18, 2016 at 10:52 am - Reply

      Glad to hear it, Fran! Work hard and be patient with it. If this is a new area for you, some coaching would definitely be a plus!

  11. Gabe Juarez September 17, 2015 at 12:35 am - Reply

    Hello Bryan, I enjoyed reading this article. I have made a small fortune on Craigslist. If you had to choose betwee Voices.com and Voice 123, which would you choose? I really believe everything you’ve mentioned here.

    • Bryan Saint September 17, 2015 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      Hi Gabe, thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed everything! I just added the information for you at the end. I just wanted to make sure that people understood that between the two websites, the most important part is the work you put into it. Again, thanks for the comment and best of luck!

  12. Nic C July 21, 2015 at 9:18 am - Reply

    This is all great information but there is no mention of any definitive advantage between the two services as “vs.” in the title usually implies. Thanks! Nic

    • Bryan Saint September 17, 2015 at 12:57 pm - Reply

      Hi Nic, thanks for the comment! I really wanted to highlight the most important part of online casting sites. However, I did add my preference at the end of the blog for you. Thanks again for the comment!

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