Voice123works a specific way with complex technology to give voice talent and clients the chance to work together for projects targeted at what a talent can do. If a profile is incomplete, or not filled out specifically to a person’s ability, the voice talent will see requests for jobs come and go, and they may never know why. Have you ever opened a Daily Summary or Weekly Summary and thought, ‘Why did I not get invited to this?’. In addition, the voice talent may not show up in desired results when clients are searching.
A misconception with some using Voice123 is the belief that the text in your profile plays a part in the automated matching process. The text content of your profile is helpful for being found in search features. Regretfully, some believe the best way to handle such situations to get invited more to jobs is to check off every box on a profile. These eager folks may be unaware that they show up in searches that have interested buyers thinking, ‘Huh? Why?’. So, how do you make sure you show up in search engines that do not confuse a possible voice seeker wanting to hire you, or increase your ability to be invited for SmartCast jobs?
- Do not short-change yourself on recording capability, and pre/post-production capability, both in Voice Details and My Demos sections of your profile. If you do not have a home studio, but know someone who does, set up an agreement with them to record when hired. This may be easier to do in major cities around the world. Understand, just like any store, you offer a product; your ‘voice over talent’. The more equipment, the more buyer options. Have you ever walked out of a store because they did not take your type of credit card? It is the same thought process. The voice talent who offer more choices do, in fact, have an advantage.
- Does this mean you have to think about studio rental, and cannot provide quick turnaround time? Yes, because some jobs ask for voice over work within 6 hours, occasionally, but that is the disadvantage to being without a studio to record at home. However, in this day and age, everyone is able to provide final delivery by email, FTP, or mail.
- Does this mean ‘Voice123 says, ‘Get phone patch, Source Connect, and ISDN!’? No, not at all. There are many voice talent working without this on Voice123, and there are so many talented professionals skilled at using these, it is best to take the time to learn how to use it before offering it, or evaluate if you even need it.
What ‘not’ to do? Over-promise by checking off boxes of things you cannot or will not do. It is the equivalent to lying on a resume. Offer what you can offer to complete a job; not what you are practicing. In a global casting environment, your profile and demos work as your spokesperson 24/7! You want it to say the right things to the right people when they post a project or use the Voice123 search feature! I know from testing that having a profile with false information will lead to it showing up in the wrong searches and lead to you being contacted for the wrong jobs. Your mindset when filling out a profile? Think of the ideal buyer that you want to hire you. Yes, it is called ‘your profile’, but keep in mind ‘they’ will be the clients looking for you, and the complete profile explains specifically what you can do, with demos to back those claims up.
One last note: Whenever you see something that leaves you confused, there are no gremlins. What you see on websites happens because of how it was built, and how people decided to use it. You may see things at times that are the result of human error, or technical error. Either way, there is always someone who knows why. Even the term “bug” was first used by Grace Hopper on September 9th, 1945 when a real bug, a moth, short-circuited an early computer, on relay number 70 Panel F, of the MARK II Aiken Relay Calculator, in the Harvard University. The operators of the computer said they had “debugged” the computer, and ever since then the terms has not changed.
You will notice that some of these profiles appear to offer everything under the sun, but the fact is, they have the experience, talent, and know how to work that into an online environment. Another interesting fact about these voice talent is that each of them have been very successful on Voice123, and they live around the world from California, USA to England to South Africa. Their profiles are 100% honest, and true depictions of their experience, and for the online client, it is extremely important to ‘be what you claim to be’. At times, many do not understand that not understanding the website being used, can lead one to quickly think they are not experienced…even if they have years of offline experience.