By Evan Schmitt
Getting paid to do what you love feels great. There’s no doubt about that. As a voiceover, you get to choose (for the most part) what you charge for the work that you produce. Here are three factors that can help you find your rates. (Getting an agent also helps too.)
What is your background? How in tune with your voice and your acting skills are you? This will determine part of it. How good are you at producing great audio? How clean is your sound? Take this into effect because the better quality your sound is, the more you can charge for it.
Your Desired Earning
How much do you want to make? Do you want to work fewer, more expensive jobs or work more and have lower paying jobs? This could depend on how much time and energy you want to invest. This needs to be a factor because you are the sole employee (right now) and your time is your most valuable asset.
Your Ability to Say Yes or No
Once you set your personal standard, stand by it or be flexible. Figure out what you want to accomplish. If a budget doesn’t meet yours, feel free to walk away. If you are flexible, you will help more people. So there’s a trade-off either way. Remember: there will always be more work. Higher rates just mean you really value your time. Higher rates also mean your business can sustain longer during the quiet periods when you don’t have work (and trust me, the droughts are real!).
Once you figure out your rates (there are tons of resources out there), write them down. Then you can send them to anyone who asks, or you can post them on your website for all to see.
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