A special Guest Post by Master Teacher, Patrick Fraley
Pat Fraley is one of the best teachers of voice acting I know. He is an accomplished performer himself and has garnered a coveted Vanguard award for more than 35 years of excellence in teaching the craft of VO. His website, www.patfraley.com is a treasure trove of information, resources and education for those interested in performing voice over for fun and profit. He teaches a variety of curricula in special one day events as well as at-home courses and private sessions. If you would like to learn more about what he shares in this post, consider joining him at his upcoming event in Seattle, WA. [A transcipt of this audio file is below, should you prefer to read than listen. - MW]
Hey, Mick, what do you think of the VO pay-to-play sites? You know, the ones where you can pay a membership fee and have real auditions for paying jobs sent to your inbox?
I’m glad you asked.
For those who don’t know, there are sites on them thar interwebs that can connect professional and armature VO talents to gigs from all over the world. Sites like Voice123, Voices.com, Bodalgo, voicebunny and others serve as person-to-person job boards connecting voice actors across the world with potential jobs in markets near and far from home.
Subscribers pay a monthly fee and then have access to auditions for real, paying jobs through these sites. Rates will differ with each project, but significant chunks of change lie out there like the proverbial low-hanging fruit, tempting the voice actor wanting more work to reach out and grab for them.
Sounds great! But is there a catch?
I’m glad you asked.
I could write an entire book on the Pay-to-Play sites, as there are significant pros and cons to consider before joining. But, the long and the short boils down to this:
It never hurts to try your hand (or voice) in the free market, but be aware of the factors at play before you put any money on the table.
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