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Most of our sessions use a voice talent that we’ve organized, but occasionally the client provides the voice talent. For these sessions, we only have one stipulation – the voice must be listed on this website. Why? Well, this is the …

Where in the World is? Geolock Explained

If you’re an English voice talent, then you’ve definitely come across this before – how do you make sure your client, who wants to do a digital ad, pays you fairly for your voice in the territories agreed when quoting, if …

The Art of the Deal – What it’s Really Worth

I had a production house contact me for a series of 5-6 minute sponsored programs with associated trailers that needed a narrator & wanted full broadcast & online rights in perpetuity, worldwide. They’d shortlisted six male & six female voices. …

Words Per Minute

Producer – “So how long was the read?” Studio – “2 minutes 41 seconds” Producer – “Woah! This read needs to no more than 90 seconds!” Studio – “But your script is 375 words! For 90 seconds, you have a …

Dance with Them that Brung Ya!

Human psychology is fascinating – watching how people react in a group where ranking is involved makes for great soap opera. The scenario I’m most interested is who hires the voice talent and how that affects the session. There are …

Shortlisting – It’s Not a Negotiation!

Most Asia-based voice talents record in a commercial studio, and someone has to organize the session. The studio, the production house, the agency or the client itself. Often, how a client chooses a voice involves short-listing. What most voices don’t …

Odd Pronunciations

Weird words are the bane of any script for a voice talent if they don’t know how to pronounce them correctly. Having to do an unpaid re-record as a result of a mispronounced word sucks. If you’re producing a script and your …

Call Me. Maybe.

Before the time where everyone has a smartphone and are contactable 24/7, getting in touch required physical mail or a traditional landline. Now, everyone is available all the time, no matter where they are. Social (media) etiquette now means that …

Show Me The Money

In every negotiation, voice talents hate to ‘leave money on the table’. This is when a client asks for your rate, and in being conservative in your quote to get the gig, you come in significantly below budget, so much that …

Loading – What is it?

Scenario 1: Imagine you’re the marketing head at Mercedes-Benz, and you have a killer 30s ad that has to air in Germany, France, Britain and Italy. You get the voice done four times, once per national language. No problem. Then …

The Oxford Comma

The clients are in the control room, the voice talent is in the recording booth, everyone is ready for the magic to happen. “OK, we’re recording. This is Generic Script, Take 1.” The voice talent opens their mouth, out come …

Pick Two, Any Two

It’s an tried and true axiom – there are 3 options in any business transaction. Quality Speed Cost Clients can have any 2, but never all 3. In our voice work, we do not compromise – we record with a Neumann TLM103 …

How to Say 2018?

When the year comes up in a script, I’ve noticed the client & voice will have a quick discussion over how to say “2018” – two-thousand-and-eighteen or twenty-eighteen. At the turn of the millennium, everyone knew that 2000 would be two thousand. …

Child Voices

The old showbiz adage holds true to this day – never work with kids and animals. Why? Cos they’ll show you up. Kids are notoriously difficult to direct, from a voice perspective you’ll have to live with whatever junior decides …

Hold the Slot For Me

How do we schedule requests on our calendar for a recording? We have to juggle clients and fit them into a schedule that could have up to 8 separate sessions a day if the sessions are short, so being efficient with requests needs …