Foremost, our customers prize a positive, solution-oriented attitude and excellent communication skills. Whilst it helps, you don't necessarily need previous paid voice-over experience to be considered a professional voice talent. A trained actor, experienced broadcaster, vlogger, live streamer or event host has many skills transferrable to voice-over work.
Using Voquent's unrivalled voice talent search, our customers want to hear Demos in a distinct tone or style matching their project. For this reason, we review every Demo before making it available for casting. It would help if you prepared (chopped up) your Reels as individual Samples, each in one style. Once you've added 15 individual Samples you'll unlock Reels. A combination of unique Samples and versatile Reels gives you maximum discoverability.
A well-equipped home recording studio is an enormous benefit in this fast-moving industry. However, many of our talents don't have a home studio because voice-over jobs are not always their primary focus. As long as you have access to a local studio we can book you into—we can work together.
Voquent's mission is to make it easy for customers worldwide to quickly find the perfect vocal sound for their project. Whatever the language, accent, recording location, or type of project. Our team are all audio professionals with a laser focus on rapid voice-over casting.
Each Voquent Demo Sample presents one of the countless types of vocal sounds. Why? It saves customers valuable time.
They don't have to listen through lengthy Reels to find the one clip that fits their project needs. It also keeps them having to post a job and review dozens of mediocre auditions.
What does that mean for voice talent?
Unlike other voice-over jobs sites, we don't immediately accept showreel compilations i.e. Demo Reels with a mix of reading styles or performances. Reels are unlocked after verifying your home studio or uploading 15 Samples minimum. Samples are the ideal way to get heard and when a customer plays your Sample, they'll have access to your top 6 Featured Demos. We recommend making these Reels.
Each Demo is tagged with the following attributes:
Our approach to casting provides versatile voice talent with many ways to be found for lucrative commercial opportunities without any paying a dime.
To get a job doing paid voice-over work, you first need to create a portfolio of audio material, also known as a showreel or compilation reel. For beginners, it's best to first work with a voice coach to strengthen your vocal stamina and improve versatility. Many coaches will also recommend where to get your first showreel produced. Once you have a showreel, the hard work of reaching out to all the agencies and voice-over websites begins!
There are four primary methods of finding paid voice-over work opportunities: exclusive agents, non-exclusive agencies (like Voquent), Pay-2-Play online casting sites and general freelancing platforms.
Pay for voice-over jobs can vary enormously—from a few dollars to 6-figures.
Pay depends on the type of project, the client, and the broadcast medium. Promotional jobs for well-known brands or critical roles in video games or animations will typically earn voice talent substantially more than for educational or B2B work. Actors unions once set industry rates, but the onset of cheap recording technology and fast broadband has flooded the market with amateur voices. At Voquent, we only work with professionals, and our voice-over jobs pay talent around 150-400% more than the average freelance platform.
The competition for lucrative voice-over jobs in cartoons, video games and animated movies is fierce. To get noticed by casting directors, you will need exceptional material. Putting this together could take many years and requires investment in coaching, studio equipment and showreel production. Exclusive agents and professional voice-over platforms like Voquent fulfil most of these roles, and networking with agencies and directors is essential. Expect multiple rounds of auditioning, especially if there is a lot of money on the table.
Nothing, Niente. Nada. Nichts. Ok, you get the idea—it's 100% free.
You will never pay-to-play on Voquent. There are no hidden charges, and every voice talent, wherever they are, has an equal opportunity to be heard and booked for projects.
Of course, you will stand the best chance of success if you first invest time creating a range of demos in your best styles and tones. There are many untapped niches. Make specific demos to improve your visibility to casting directors and our producers.
Sorry to break it to you. The vast majority of USB mics are not of sufficient quality for professional voice-over jobs. Why? More often than not, there is an increased noise on the recordings, and USB mics don't pick up the subtle nuances of your voice. USB mics are fine for podcasting or YouTube videos, but no creative agency will use your audio in a commercial. Investing in a condenser microphone, pre-amp and acoustically treating your environment are vital to getting the best voice-over jobs. Learn more about the best microphones for voice-over.