Here are our suggestions for hiring, directing and interacting with long-distance Voice Actors:
Choose the Right Professional for Your Job
This business is highly subjective. Two hundred Voice Actors can describe their voice as "warm," but only you can say which voice has the right temperature for your project. When casting, you may consider asking for a short custom demo using excerpts from your script. That way, you can hear the Voice Actors reading your script, as opposed to just hearing a general sample of their other work.
Script and Directing Tips
Describe Your Audience.
Start by providing a brief description of who will be listening to the finished recording. This helps the voice actors form a mental picture of the audience.
Provide Descriptive Words
You should strive to be as descriptive as possible when conveying how you want the finished product to sound. To get the perfect voice, use lots of descriptive words like animated, classy, believable, corporate.
Try using a one-to-five scale or an example to convey the level of emotion you want the voice to have. You can also tell the voice actors you want them to sound like a role: a story-teller, corporate professional or mom-next-door.
Provide Specific Examples
Provide a sound clip of the voice you're seeking. Some voice actors can mimic voices and if they hear an example of what you want, they can do what is possible for their range.
Provide an Easy-to-Read Script
Voice actors will appreciate a neat script in a 12-point font. Make it very clear what part you want to be recorded for the job.
Most Voice Actors will charge extra if they are asked to re-record due to script changes (revisions). Changes include copy errors, so always proofread your script.
Spell Out Numbers and Pronunciations
Your script could say "1300 Broadway." Do you want to hear "thirteen hundred," "one hundred, three thousand," or "one three zero zero"? Always spell out the pronunciation next to the numeral. The same is helpful for proper names, especially regional pronunciations.
Match Timing to Word Count
Depending on the Voice Actors pace, a 30-second script can be anywhere from 80 to 110 words. Try reading your script aloud and timing it before sending it to the Voice Actors. Editing the script before recording saves a lot of wasted time. Most importantly, giving the Voice Actor a few extra seconds can make all the difference in getting the sound you want.
Some producers want the Voice Actor to record all the lines in a script, even if they know it will go over time. They like to hear and then edit sentences. If this is how you work, tell the Voice Actors that it's acceptable to go over time.
Be Clear about Post-Production Expectations
These post-production instructions are regarding 'dry reads.' If you want to hire full production from the Voice Actors, make sure they can provide those services.
Let the voice actor know what you're willing to do in post-production and communicate your expectations to theVoice Actors.
Negotiate Pricing and Payment
Voice123 Voice Actors offer a wide variety of payments methods. Be sure to agree on price and payment structures before the Voice Actors begins recording. Some Voice Actors may only ask you to pay after the recording has been delivered. Others may ask you to submit a partial or full payment up front. If you are submitting payments in advance, we encourage you to use PayPal.