I'm looking into signing up on one of the voice talent websites so that I can start pursuing some gigs on my own. Does anyone have feedback on which site is better overall - voice123.com or voices.com?
Would appreciate all feedback!!
Hey Michelle.....They are very different. From what I know...voices.com works exactly as you would expect it to. You get auditions in your email box....pick the ones you want to do..and do them.
Voice123.com....works on the same principle...however they have a system in place to dole out the auditions. It is called SMART CAST. And though you may be right for certain auditons...you may not GET THEM sent to you because of several different things.
1. If SMART CAST thinks you are auditioning TOO MUCH....it will cut you off...like a bartender kind of. It will start limiting the number of auditions you receive...but you don't get a parital refund of your membership fee...lol.
2. If you get BAD RATINGS OR COMMENTS from a client you do an audtion for...it will DING your rating also. If you do a ton of auditions and book nothing...your rating hits the floor. So the idea (I think) of Smart Cast is to make people be picky and not just audition for EVERYTHING that comes across the table....they say your chances of sucess with the site are better this way. It is like playing a strategic board game kind of. I will be honest....I JUST got a membership at v123 and am already tired of "playing the game"....I have had it only a few days and am "over it" and MAY not even use it ever again....or...perhaps I will do a few auditions over the next year and book one...who knows. It's a write off..I do know that.
Thank you all so much for your responses!!
Steven: when you say VOPlanet works like an agency what do you mean exactly? Are they seeking work for you?
Based on the comparison it seems like VOPlanet is the best bet - ?
I'm speaking from experience, not condescension, but do the math. Any online group that boasts of having a membership in the tens of thousands is not as interested in your career as it is in the membership fees from all of those people. Competing for a 60.00 radio spot is not helping your career or the voice over industry.
If you just need the practice, then flip a coin. My real advice is to get a flexible day job and go for real work.
Best of luck in whatever you decide to do.
Good morning Bob,
Thank you for joining the conversation. I hope my reply finds you well.
The statement made about any online group that boasts to have tens of thousands of voice talent not being interested in the individual success and well being of their members is unfounded. We care about each of our customers and go to lengths to help our members achieve their goals. While I may not have changed your perspective regarding marketplaces as a whole, Voices.com is an exception in that the experiences had by our members and their individual return on investment (whether it be financial, personal, educational, search engine related, etc.) does matter to us.
After reading your comment, I took a look to see if you were listed on Voices.com. You do have a Guest membership with our service (which is good) but I noticed that you don't have a voice over demo listed on the site. Only talent with demos can be searched for on Voices.com and given your experience I'd like to see some voice samples for prospective clients to review that would enable you to be found and as a result, potentially hired. You can also add some testimonials and a client list to your Feedback page too to help build trust with those clients.
Here are a number of links from a recent series I published on my blog VOX Daily that can help you to update your profile. The most important aspects of how to present yourself to be found on Voices.com are also emphasized (Profile, Demos, Feedback, Promotion):
General Profile Completion Tips For Better Marketability
How To Get More People Listening To Your Demo
How Testimonials Build Trust Online
Polishing And Promoting Your Voices.com Profile
If you need any advice or direction, please email support(@)voices.com and let us know how we can be of further service to you.
Enjoy your weekend!
Co-founder of Voices.com
Bob - Thanks for your honest advice, I appreciate it. I already have a non-union VO agent in LA and do ok with them. I'm looking to expand my reach wherever I can :)
Stephanie - I also appreciate your input re: Voices.com. I can certainly appreciate that you believe in your company and its customer support etc etc, however, I put the post up to get feedback from VO talent that had experience (good and bad) in any of the VO sites. I didn't want this to turn into a venue for promoting any one particular site, I'm sure you can appreciate that.
All that being said - thank to all who responded and I welcome any additional feedback from VO talent who've had experiences with any of the online VO sites.
Thanks Michelle for getting this discussion started. I am late to the discussion but from the replies I have learned which is my goal. It helps in making a decision as to what I need to do. I have been hanging around learning for a few months. I am now ready to enter the online world as well as jump into promoting myself.
Thank you for starting this discussion, Michelle. It's something I've been pondering as well and this has been helpful input.
Best of Luck,