"I've drawn together a collection of responses and honest answers to many questions you may have when choosing a Voicereel Producer."
You certainly can yes. Imagine the situation where you start to apply to the big Voiceover Agents and send them your cheap demo. I’ll leave that there. The only way a Voice-reel company can function in the bargain basement way is to limit production time (churn it out as quickly as possible) and work with many many clients a week (units on a conveyor belt). You can certainly pay more too – I had a client last year that had paid around £450 for her reel and was hugely disappointed. She mentions it in her Mandy testimonial.
Actually heard this one at a drama school workshop I was running. I’m sure your friend also has a camera – why don’t they do your headshot too?
We will read through all of the pieces and make our final decisions, cuts and edits where needed. I’ll give you as much technique guidance as you need as you acclimatise to the Vocal Booth. Then we will begin to work our way through the pieces. Remember, all of the session is focussed on you and your performances. I’ll keep reminding you to drink lots of water and perhaps take a bite of an apple from time to time – a good technique to avoid the dry mouth noises. Once we have finished recording, I’ll talk you through the marketing plan and exactly how you set yourself up ready to audition from home.
Yes, custom music and sound effects - as much as is needed and no more. Before we even hit record for the first time years ago we did extensive research into what the end-listener wants. They want to hear your voice and as an audio engineer/musician it is easy to get carried away creating something that sounds great but masks the voice.
Really, would you want me to? I will only ever work with two clients a week and although availability varies throughout the year I am usually booked 6-8 weeks in advance. It takes time to prepare for your reel. You may only get one done every 5 years or so.
Absolutely. We consult thoroughly and you will have full access to the Client Area. The essential preparation period gives us both time to make sure we are happy with what we will record on the day. If you are stuck in any area, I am on hand. The vast majority of clients who embark on this exciting process say they love it!
You do not need to be an actor to work in VO. In fact many are not. Sometimes, being an experienced stage actor can make it difficult to move into recorded work.
I’ve recorded around 25 languages over a 14 year period. We work together to decide on ‘best takes’.
You have no need to worry. I’ve worked with clients with every level of experience. I’ll coach you through the whole experience and you’ll leave knowing that you’ll be a pro on your first job