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Time is Money

There is one great equaliser in life, one thing that is constant no matter who you are. From ordinary citizen to oligarch, an hour is an hour – it’s always 3600 seconds no matter what walk of life you come …

Asking for a Friend

What happens when we get this kind of enquiry? One of my friends is looking for voiceovers to read his ads. What is the pricing structure and is it different for repeat orders? Will we get the file of the …

Ghosting

Scenario 1 Client: I need a VO (gives me various parameters) Me: Sure, we can help. It will cost S$ X Client: (gives me new parameters) Me: OK… in that case, it will cost S$ X Client: (gives me new …

Groundhog Day

Client: I need a studio. Send me pics. Me: We have a Neumann TLM103 in a Whisper Room Booth and a mega-specced ProTools DAW Client: Gimme a quote Me: Who do you want to use for the voice? Client: Dunno. …

Get A Load This Joker…

I get a lot of emails from wannabe voice talents asking for work. We have strict guidelines on who we will add to our database because clients expect us to recommend people who can get the job done when the …

Surprise, Motherf##ker!

Negotiation – a tough skill to learn at best, and an unlearnable black art at worst. No-one likes to negotiate unless they’re coming in with a position of having an overwhelming advantage. No one likes to lose – I get …

Fix It In The Mix

We don’t arrange free, undirected demos of scripts recorded by a voice talent on a smartphone anymore. Why? Aside from noticing that none of these auditions convert to paid recordings, the voices are wary because they fear a recording of …

Don’t be a Little Bitch

In any situation where producers choose someone for a role, you’ll often hear of unhappiness on the part of those not cast. In voice-over work, this process can be tough on talent if they are approached again and again (“are …

Why We Insist on Seeing a Script

We received a request to quote for a 145-word script, which the production company estimated had a run time of around 1 minute. The word count made sense for a 60s spot. We did our sums for the chosen the …

Same Day Turnaround

Twice this week I’ve had a prospective customer call up in a panic, telling me they need a voice recorded the same day. The first one called at 9 pm Singapore time (UK-based client) so I told them that the …

No Give Backs for Licensing

1. You walk into a McDonalds & order a Big Mac. Pay for it & walk out. Can you go back a day later and get a refund for your burger if you haven’t eaten it? 2. You book a …

Verified by voiceovers.asia

Most of our sessions use a voice talent that we’ve organized, but once in a blue moon, the client provides the voice talent. For these sessions, we only have one stipulation – the voice must be listed on this website. Why? voiceovers.asia …

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. …

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 …