How a typical voiceover project works
It all starts with your script for the voiceover project. I’ll need to know what and how long it is, what you want to achieve with it, and how the final voiceover will be used (TV, radio, paid-for social media, solely on your website, or internally, for instance). Some of that is about delivery – finding exactly the right voice for you, that’s appropriate for the purpose and end goal. It will also affect the voiceover rates, as certain types of voiceover (e-learning and telephony) are charged differently to others (commercial broadcasts or online usage).
I record most voiceovers from my broadcast-quality home studio. Many projects are self-directed following an initial phone conversation. You also have the option to book a VO session and connect for live direction via Skype, Zoom etc, and record remotely via CleanFeed or ipDTL. Every live session is recorded at this end for back-up, even if you’re recording remotely. You can, of course, choose the final format(s) of your audio file. I can also arrange for an engineer to be on the voice over session, to record and engineer in real-time. Equally, I’m very happy to travel to recording studios in London or Cambridge if you’d like to direct the voice over session in person.
Voiceover rates – how much does it cost to hire a voice actor?
As a voice artist, I retain the rights to my recordings, unless you would like a buyout in perpetuity – which gets expensive, since it accounts for all sorts of usage you’ll likely never need. Licensing for usage is a much more economically efficient way to hire a voice artist. In line with widely accepted UK professional voiceover industry standards, my voiceover rates take into account: a standard recording session fee; any substantial script editing needed; and sometimes a usage licence, depending on whether the completed product is for internal, limited or public broadcast, and on which media it will appear and for how long. All recordings are edited for pace and purity, so the final voiceover is ready for mixing by your sound engineer or studio.
Your quote includes up to two takes if I’m recording remotely and self-directing – plus small-scale revisions for up to 14 days after the initial recording. Rerecording after that time, or substantial script changes post-session which require recording at any time, may be subject to a new recording fee as per an entirely new voiceover booking.
If you’re new to casting voice artists, you can find out more about UK voiceover rates and how much a voiceover costs here.
To get a quote tailored for your voiceover needs, please get in touch today.