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Old February 6th, 2007, 07:37 PM   #16
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Posts: 104 is a great source for voice overs. Reasonably priced and very fast. You don't get to direct the read, but you do get one do-over included in the price. They do great work.
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Old February 6th, 2007, 07:48 PM   #17
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That would make it worth what?

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Old February 6th, 2007, 08:27 PM   #18
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I recently used and was really suprised with the good results for a documentary introduction. A one and a half minute spot was $75. They have alot of different talent with samples on their website. What really helps is to submit a mp3 sample file of a style that you like and they can emulate it. Also a clear written script with direction notes can help as well as audio samples of difficult to pronounce words is important.

I am a believer in you get what you pay for but in this case I think I found a bargin.

Hope this helps,
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Old February 7th, 2007, 05:39 AM   #19
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I know of three great profesional talents that will lend thier voice for free for not for profit pieces. I would be happy to refer them to you if you fire me an email. Each of thier styles are different but Mid age warm voice we can knock out.

Let me know if I can help.
What is your time frame?
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Old February 7th, 2007, 05:57 AM   #20
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In as pleasantly a curmudgeonly way as possible........

I work a lot in Washington, D.C., the home of the non-profit organization. Non-profits frequently pound vendors with their "poor me" non-profit status. A LOT of the time it's just a scam to get something for nothing from the weak and inexperienced. While there are exceptions, many non-profits have more money than they let on. Some get their low-pay or no-pay volunteers to ask for "the deal." That way, to the vendor, you have someone talking to you who genuinely doesn't make much or anything at all. I usually ask what their CEO makes every year.

It's not that I don't contribute to causes, I do. After years of being asked to give something for nothing to organizations who have plenty, the strategy wears a bit thin.


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Old February 13th, 2007, 01:26 PM   #21
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here is the text for the narration if you guys would like to audtion

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Old February 14th, 2007, 08:12 PM   #22
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Here's my audition:

Please let me know what you think, even if you don't like it. I am always looking to improve.

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Old February 14th, 2007, 10:35 PM   #23
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make connections for next time...

fortunately my real job is as a TV reporter and annoucer. Whenever I need help I grab a co-worker and we cut some tracks in exchange for some beers. works out well.

I am always reading tracks for friends and they in turn help me out with other stuff.

Make friends with a "talent" type person in your area. In the future they can help you out and you can help them if they ever need some video shot "off the books" so to speak.

Even though I work for a TV station, it's amazing how many people want side work done away from the confines of the company I work for...

With that said, with some practice, many people can become their own "voice over" artists. It's a question of listening to what you like and noticing the details (phrasing, diction, emphasis, etc). Try it!
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Old February 15th, 2007, 03:07 AM   #24
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I don't know why that surprises you. You're doing work "off the books" while working for a very "on the books" place.

Bartering services is an interesting concept. I think we all do it to some degree. Enough for the IRS to lay down rules about it. Last time I checked, they were of the opinion that you had to report the cost of the service as income.


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Old February 19th, 2007, 08:41 AM   #25
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I would certainly never encourage anything illegal. As Ty mentions, an on-going barter situation runs into a tax reporting situation. A very occasional trade of low cost services should be fine. (Check with your tax professional).

When my buddies ask me to do a voiceover I do it for free. If I need help with something else in the future I'll ask but it's not a trade (most of the time I don't like asking for favors anyway). (Who needs favors when you can get free advice here?)

I find that when "amateurs" try to do voiceovers, they always think they should try to deepen their voice or try to sound like the "voice of god."
While that may work for some videos, the most natural sounding voices work better for most projects.


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