Tuesday, July 26, 2005

hit 'em up style

i haven't been getting much voice over work this year. i miss it. it is the best money in this industry, bar none. here's why:
a basic non-union going rate for a studio session is $250 per hour. readers of technical writing can expect to charge 50% more. on a national union scale, one radio spot may earn a voice over talent a $20,000 return. pro's do it from home studios without having to comb their hair.

inasmuch as advertising clamors for attention, skews self-image, and generally irradiates brains, it is very difficult to argue with $250 per hour. their products may be trivial at the least, life-threatening at the most. yet, i offer myself as a commodity jesus.
i was very happy when my agent asked if i was available for a macy's radio spot. it's back-to-school season. i don't sound like a 10-year-old (or so i've been told), but i do have a young men's nautica jeans, polos and attitude tee's voice.
at 3 pm i sped to doppler studios, slapped the headphones on and cranked out the first script in about 5 minutes. in moments, another script was put in my hand. then another and another etc... at 3:55 pm we were finished. less than an hour. my invoice read $1250.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


There is a big row in the news lately about voiceovers for video games. Actors supposedly get profit sharing in animation but not for video games. Actors unions for the hottest titles started making noise - so the programmers said, "Hell, we MAKE the games. What about our profit sharing?"

I think that killed the debate.


7/26/2005 4:47 PM  
Blogger rp said...

sign me up for five vo's, please.

7/26/2005 5:44 PM  
Blogger maryk said...

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7/26/2005 6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SIGN ME UP TOO. I have a ripped tshirt, another beer, good-old-boy Chevy truck kind of voice.
Also a la-di-dah University-schooled-but-approachable middle-aged woman voice.

I'm ambivoiciferous.

7/26/2005 11:59 PM  
Anonymous bo-d said...

nice mc chris reference. if you had mentioned him directly, you're blog would be fraught with hits.

7/27/2005 4:52 PM  
Blogger atoep said...

Great fucking site. Glad I stubled on it.

7/27/2005 5:07 PM  
Blogger Reality Ditch said...

anything related to acting, voiceover, etc etc seems to be one tough biz. I know because practically everybody here seems to be trying to get in or trying to stay in. how tough is it for you to get gigs?

7/27/2005 5:09 PM  
Anonymous d.k. said...

Troll alert, you look like a damn troll. Quit posting to my blog.

7/27/2005 5:20 PM  
Blogger ablebody said...

mom, you SHOULD do chevy truck VO's. that would be completely loony. and right.

7/27/2005 9:08 PM  

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