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3 Things to Consider When Hiring Professional Voice Talent

Monday, May 8, 2023

Did you know that 97.8% of US internet users consider themselves video viewers? With those numbers, you'd be remiss not to have video content for your brand.

But great video content calls for great voice talent! Luckily, there's no shortage online of excellent voice-over talent. However, you need to have the right tools to make sure that you get the best talent.

Keep reading to learn what to consider when choosing voice talent.

1. Schedules and Availability

The first thing to consider when hiring voice-over talent is the schedule that your project is running on. Even if you find the best voice talent in the world, it isn't worth it if they can't get your project done on time.

When querying with voice-over talent or voice-over talent agencies, make your expectations about turnaround time clear so that the talent knows if they can commit to your timeline.

2. Recording Environment

Before you even request demo samples, you can ask the voice-over talent about their recording setup. Even if you get a demo that sounds great, you never know if the talent recorded their demo in a different studio than they typically use. Sometimes voice overs recorded in home studios can sound good at first, but they end up difficult to mix with your other sound.

A home studio can be perfectly fine to record in! But make sure that your talent is using a high-quality mic, professional monitors and computer setup, and some form of soundproofing equipment. 

You can also go through a voice talent agency that typically vets their talents to make sure that they are using a proper setup.

3. Demo Samples

Once you've confirmed that the talent has the right availability and setup for your project, ask for some demo reels and samples! Even if they have the best professional setup and demeanor, you still need to be sure that their voice is what you're looking for.

Some voice-over talents just use their natural speaking voice or a single voice-over voice, but others may have voices for you to choose from. Make sure that you confirm what voice you'd like them to use for your project.

4. Reviews and Testimonials

Make sure that you check out the reviews and testimonials, too! You may have found a voice-over talent with a great voice and recording setup, but if they're difficult to work with they won't be worth it. 

Look for reviews that demonstrate their work ethic and demeanor as well as their voice-over skills.

5. Voice Talent Rates and Pricing

Finally, you have to make sure that the price is right! There are many great voice-over talents in a wide range of budgets. If your project has a tight budget, you can opt for voice-over talent with less experience but an excellent voice and work ethic.

Some voice-over talents price projects on different scales. So make sure that you understand exactly what you're paying for. Don't be afraid to ask for a price quote!

Building Your Brand With the Best Voice Talent

When you find the best voice talent, you'll see your audio and video content grow like never before. Confirm schedules and recording setups, make sure you like their demos, and read the reviews to make sure that you're hiring the best person for the job!

Ready to start looking for great voice talent? Check out our voice talent options here!

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