(( we're talking about it also on our facebook group ))
There needs to be a standard rate for voice actors when doing local/regional/national spots. Far too often I am seeing talent sell themselves short when working as independents. I am talking $75, $55, and $35 for fully produced spots! Are you crazy!!!
You should get $100 just to sneeze on the recording.
What bothers me is that I'm seeing others sell produced spots for the same amount or close to it.
At the absolute lowest I would start at $200 (local) for voice only
for anything :15 & under, and double it (at least) for a produced spot. Trust me, it'll make both you and the client swallow a few times in the beginning
, but then, the client will understand that it costs to be the boss
, and you will eventually realize that it was partly your creativity that drove the masses into the event, establishment or sold the product. Why ruin your voice for cheap??
When I personally charge $600 for a produced spot, I will take half down before starting along with a simple, written agreement.
This way you're not waiting to get a jump, and left holding a doggie bag from the fast food joint, while the clients drives off in his CL-Class
from a fine dinner atop the tallest building in town.
I'd love for you to honestly share your rates below, and maybe others can offer suggestions to squeeze the extra dollar from the client...