Making the Most of your Voice123 Profile

 

Here are some pointers for you when joining Voice123. You need to:

  1. Have your own professional home studio.
  2. Have some voiceover experience and/or training.
  3. Upload at least 1 demo in each one of the categories you have listed in your profile as the types of voiceovers you can do.

It’s vital your profile is filled out properly. SmartCast uses the information you provide to match your profile with voiceover jobs that get posted on the platform. If your profile is incomplete or inaccurate, SmartCast won’t invite you to audition for the projects you’d like.

On the My Profile page you can manage and update your voice details, upload your demos, add your headshot, view your Voice123 profile, and organize other information. Having this section complete and accurate will ensure that your profile is matched to the projects posted.

Your My Voice Details section is the most important part of your profile. The information in this section will be prominently displayed so that buyers can find you and learn about you, and SmartCast can determine which projects are appropriate and suited to your voice. The more complete your profile, the better your results will be. You are encouraged to regularly update your profile with your latest resume information.

Your My Settings is the second most important section of your profile. SmartCast also takes into account the job preferences you set here when matching your profile to projects.

The My Demos section shows the list of demos you have added to your Voice123 profile. The first demo on the list will be shown by default in the voice search results. You can change the order by clicking on ‘Reorder’ and dragging the demos into the order you prefer. Remember:

    • Buyers can’t hire you if they can’t hear you! It’s important that your demos are professionally recorded. Make sure potential clients are hearing you at your best.
    • It’s very important to upload a demo in each category of voiceover work you want to audition for because SmartCast will give priority to talents who not only have a box checked, but also have a demo representing that type of service. For example, if you have audiobooks checked in your profile AND have a demo in the audiobook category, you will be invited to audition for audiobook projects before a matching talent that does not have a demo in that category.
    • Compilation reels are not the best way to go on Voice123. The reason for this is that when buyers use the search feature, they select the kind of project they are hiring for. For example, if a buyer selects ‘Training, business presentations, sales, and websites’, they want to hear demos in that style. Clients only listen to (on average) nine seconds before they determine if they want to continue listening or move on to the next demo. Make sure those nine seconds are fantastic!

You can add or update your headshot in the My Headshot section. We recommend putting some sort of image that represents you on your profile, it can be a professional headshot or your personal logo. Having a picture on your profile is completely optional.

We recommend checking out the Post a Project form. This will give you some insight into what things SmartCast looks for when determining who to invite to an audition.

When filling in the information, you want to keep your answers short, but informative. Clients will not read an autobiography. Think about those details you would want to know if you were wanting to hire a voice-actor. Voice123 clients tend to search for things like ‘conversational’ or ‘deep’, but sometimes, they use celebrity voices as an example. If your voice sounds similar to Morgan Freeman or Scarlett Johansson, list that in your Headline. (My Profile>My Profile Info> Headline).

Make sure you type something in each of those boxes. Leaving a section blank could make you miss out on projects.

There’s something of a misconception that the text in your profile plays a mission-critical part in the automated matching process. The text content of your profile is helpful to have you found in the search features. Regretfully, some believe the best way to handle such situations is to check every box on a profile. Don’t. You’ll pop up in places where you shouldn’t and buyers will end up wondering: “Er—why is this person here?”

Some tips:

  • Do not short-change yourself on recording capability, and pre/post-production capability, both in the Voice Details and My Demos sections of your profile. If you don’t 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 offering a product; the more equipment, the more buyer options. Voice-actors who offer more choices do, in fact, have an advantage.
  • Does this mean you have to think about studio rental, and the fact that you cannot provide a quick turnaround time? Yes, because some jobs ask for voiceover work within 6 hours. However, in this day and age, everyone is able to provide final delivery by email or FTP.
  • Does this mean Voice123 says you should get a phone patch, SourceConnect, or ISDN!? No, not at all. There are many voice-actors working without them on Voice123, but if you can offer it, good for you.
  • Never over-promise by checking boxes for things you cannot or will not do. It is the equivalent of lying on a resume. Offer what you can to complete a job; not what you are practicing. In a global casting environment, your profile and demos work as your 24/7 spokesperson. You want it to say the right things to the right people when they post a project or use the Voice123 search feature.

Here are some examples of voice talent profiles (in no particular order) that we’ve discovered have considerable success with Voice123:

  1. J. Michael Collins 
  2. Michelle Sundholm
  3. Russ Roberts
  4. Mara Junot
  5. Julio Rivera
  6. Kim Handysides

You’ll notice some appear to offer everything under the sun, but the fact is, they have the experience, talent, and know-how to work these things into an online environment.

Another interesting fact about these voice-actors is that they live right around the world—from California, USA, to England, to South Africa, to Luxemburg. Their profiles are 100% honest and true depictions of their experience, and for the online client, it’s extremely important that you are who and what you claim to be.

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1 Comment

  • Sarah Addison

    December 20, 2011 at 2:07 am Reply

    This was really helpful, Steven. I was never really sure how we should analyze a job.Thanks!

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