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5 Steps to Optimise your Voquent Profile


By Miles Chicoine | 4th October 2019

Voquent offers a unique and practical approach to casting for voice-over talents.

Unlike traditional voice talent websites, we don't exhibit female or male voice actors through showreels or demo compilations. We showcase voices via samples that demonstrate one specific tone.

Therefore, every sample you upload to your profile will help sell your skills as a voice actor and help you reach clients looking for a specific vocal sound.

As you might have noticed from our social media casting calls on Twitter, our clients often look for a specific tonal quality. The greater the range of samples and tones you have on your profile, the better. Just one of your samples—which is unique to you—could prove highly lucrative to both you and a client.

Now, let's look in more detail at the best ways to optimise your Voquent profile to help you attract clients and increase your chances of landing the best voice actor jobs for you.

 

1. Fill your profile with samples

When you first register with Voquent, you’ll be able to upload 30 samples to your profile. To increase your chances of getting work, you’ll need to fill your profile with a range of samples. If you haven’t used your allowance of 30 samples, or you’ve not uploaded samples in different styles and tones, you will not be as visible in search and you may attract less interest to your profile. There’s also a chance that the samples you’ve uploaded are less in demand and aren’t being searched that often. If you are logged in and viewing your samples, the play counter identified at the bottom of each one will provide an indication of this.

Top Tip:  Please remember you can also change the picture of each sample to reflect the character, vibe or tone better to help your audio stand out in search. Example below.

 

 

2. Make sure you have the right tones

Voquent offers clients a searchable database of voices, covering gender, languages, accents, and, most crucially, vocal tones. But why focus on tones? Tones are what producers and casting directors are listening for when they browse demos. 

Once they've used Voquent to choose a gender, language, and accent, they want to hear if you have the tone matching their project. Often, they're looking to evoke a specific emotion, which is why tones are so crucial for both your profile and their project.

 

3. Add the most popular tones for your speciality

Voquent offers 12 searchable tones in the advanced search filters. Here's a list with some different words to help describe the emotions behind them. 

Use these descriptions to help you match up your samples before you upload them to your profile and follow the links below to hear examples uploaded by other voice actors:

If you specialise in character work, you will want to cover all the above tones. In contrast, if you specialise in commercials / corporate work, only Authoritative, Conversational, Eloquent, Enticing, Inspiring and Nurturing will suffice.

 

4. Ensure your samples cover the languages or accents you can perform in

You need to demonstrate you can quickly and authentically perform in all your native accents or languages. Most experienced voice-over talents can deliver in at least two accents – and if you're bilingual or multilingual, that figure will be higher still. 

As you can appreciate, clients will typically choose a genuine native over someone who can approximate an accent. So if you can't speak fluently or comfortably in another accent or language, please don't upload the sample (unless, of course, it's a specifically Comedic tone). 

If you speak other languages, it's also worth uploading samples of those languages' standard accents. Most countries have a generally accepted 'standard accent'. In the US, it's General American. In the UK, it's RP (Received Pronunciation) or British Neutral. In Arabic-speaking countries, it's Modern Standard Arabic etc.

 

5. Upload additional samples to showcase your versatility

Once you've uploaded samples covering the primary tones for the languages and accents you perform, you have the opportunity to showcase your vocal skills even further. 

If you're versatile, Voquent will give you another 15 sample slots to add to your profile at no cost—providing you with space 45 samples in total. Voices with 30 demos on their profiles get viewed 697% more than voices with five or fewer samples, so imagine how many more views you'll get with a whole 45 samples! 

Well, this concludes our recommendations for optimising your Voquent profile. Here are some other frequently asked questions that might also help you.

 

FAQ

Q. Will background music on my samples help me get more work?

A. Not necessarily. Clients often tell us they want to hear your voice on its own (dry). The reason is that they might want to test your 'dry' recording (audio without effects) against the music they're planning to use. Having a background track will interfere with that. Of course, you are free to upload tracks with music, though. This is only a guide. We know that promotional and narration reads often sound better with music. 

Q. How long should my samples be?

A. Generally, we recommend 30-45 seconds. If you're uploading narration, then we'd suggest a maximum of 90 seconds. We've found that the average client likes to hear at least 15 seconds of audio before making sure they've found the right voice, but they rarely listen past 30 seconds. We will accept samples of a longer duration, though, and this is only a guide. 

 

Q: Can Voquent edit my samples?

A. Yes. But we do have a charge for that (because we receive hundreds of samples a day). If you'd like to use our sample editing service, please email [email protected]  

 

Q. Can I get paid more on Voquent jobs if I do all the editing/post-production? 

A. Sorry, no. We already have experienced engineers here. Don't get us wrong: we love a clean audio file, but not all voice-over talents have the equipment or time to do it to our quality standards. Plus, if you were to raise your rates to incorporate this, you may price yourself out of a job. 

 

Q. I’ve won awards for my voice-over skills. Why aren’t I winning more jobs?

A. That’s great! Awards certainly give artists a great sense of achievement and personal pride – and are also a great marketing tool. But unfortunately, those things aren’t a deciding factor when clients use Voquent. It’s really about whether you’re the right voice for their job.

 

Q. I’ve followed all of Voquent’s guidance and uploaded 30 samples exactly as suggested. When is the work is going to start flying in?

A. Unfortunately, there's no guarantee of how quickly you'll be hired. Some voice actors are booked the day their samples go live. Others – even those who've enjoyed immense success in the industry and have a fantastic array of samples - may wait a while. Here are a few reasons why this might be:

  • Voquent offers voice-overs in over 600 languages and to 250 countries. So, for jobs requiring standard accents in popular languages, there's a lot of competition. Try uploading additional samples with your natural regional accents as well. This will help you to stand out.
  • Voquent is a relative newcomer to the industry, launching in 2018, and we're still getting the word out to customers worldwide.
  • If your profile is too character-focused, you're unlikely to get many commercial or corporate work opportunities, which is where most of the jobs are.
  • Keep your profile updated. If you've got great new samples that you want to share with the world, upload them.
  • Try not to rely solely on Voquent for work opportunities. The worldwide web is a big marketplace with many 'shops' to advertise your skills. Check out our list of 101 Voice-Over Websites - Cast your net wide, and you'll catch plenty of fish!

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Miles Chicoine

Miles Chicoine

Managing Director and co-founder of Voquent.

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Miles Chicoine

Miles Chicoine

Managing Director and co-founder of Voquent.






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