Voquent offers a unique and effective approach to casting for voice over artists, be it for a local or large scale multinational project.
Unlike traditional voice talent websites, we don’t exhibit female or male voice-over artists through showreels or demo compilations. We showcase voice talent via samples that demonstrate one specific tone.
Therefore, every sample you upload to your profile will not only help sell your skills as a voice actor, but also help you to reach clients who are looking for a specific vocal sound.
As you might have noticed from our social media casting calls on twitter, our clients are often looking for a specific tonal quality. Put simply, the greater the range of samples and tones you have, the better.
In fact, just one of your samples – which is unique to you – could prove highly lucrative to both you and a client.
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 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.
Top Tip: Remember you can also change the picture of each individual sample to better reflect the character or tone. This will also help your samples 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? Tone are what producers and casting directors are actually listening for.
Once they’ve used Voquent to choose a gender, language and accent, they then want to hear if you have the tone that matches their project. Often, they’re looking to evoke a specific emotion, which is why tones are so important for both your profile and their project.
3. Add the most popular tones for your specialty
Voquent offers 12 searchable tones. Here’s a list of Voquent’s 12 tones and some further words to describe the emotions behind them. Use these descriptions to help you match up your samples, before you upload them:
- Angry Frustrated, Distant, Menacing
- Authoritative Confident, Experienced, Powerful
- Comedic Absurd, Cynical, Parody
- Conversational Approachable, Friendly, Sincere
- Eloquent Precise, Refined, Sophisticated
- Enticing Intimate, Seductive, Tempting
- Inspiring Courageous, Encouraging, Passionate
- Nurturing Caring, Compassionate, Sympathetic
- Playful Cheerful, Friendly, Lighthearted
- Sad Hurt, Isolated, Sensitive
- Scared Nervous, Overwhelmed, Vulnerable
- Unorthodox Alien, Mysterious, Peculiar
If you specialise in character work you’re going to want to cover off all the tones, whereas if you specialise in commercials / corporate work only, samples in the tones: 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 easily and authentically perform in all your native accents or languages.
Most experienced voice-over artists can perform 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 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 main tones for the languages and accents you perform, you have the opportunity to showcase your vocal skills even further.
If you’re really versatile, Voquent will give you another 10 sample slots to add to your profile at no cost.
This gives you 45 samples in total. Voices with 30 samples on their profiles get viewed 697% more than voices with 5 or fewer samples so imagine how many more views you’ll get with a full 45 samples!
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If you’d like to get 40 sample slots simply add a link to your Voquent profile from your personal website and then email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can verify the link.
This concludes our recommendations to optimising your Voquent profile. Here are some other frequently asked questions that might also help you:
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 charge for that (because we receive hundreds of samples a day). If you’d like to use our sample editing service, please email email@example.com. Otherwise, visit How to Edit a Showreel to learn how to edit the audio yourself.
Q. Can I get paid more on Voquent jobs, if I do all of my own editing/post production?
A. Sorry, no. We actually already have editors to do this for you. Don’t get us wrong: we love a clean audio file, but not all voice over artists have the equipment or time to do it to our standards. Plus, if you were to raise your rates to incorporate this, you may price yourself out of work.
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 to how quickly you’ll be hired. Some voice actors are booked the day their samples go live. Others – even those with 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 500 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 aswell, this will help you to stand out.
- Voquent are 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 opportunities for commercial or corporate work and this 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 on solely on Voquent for work opportunities. The worldwide web is a big marketplace with many ‘shops’, where you can advertise your skills. Check out our list of 101 Voice-Over Websites – Cast your net wide and you’ll catch plenty of fish!
Further recommended reading:
- 8 Ways to Create Audio Samples for your Voquent Profile
- Character Alignment and Voice Acting
- 5 Tips for Perfect Microphone Technique
- What is the Best Microphones for Voice-Over?
- Best Interfaces & Pre-amps for Voice-Over
- Top Operating Systems and Editing Software for Voice Over
- What is the Best Headphones for Voice-Over?
- Acoustic Treatment Basics for Voice Over Studios
- 5 Tips for the Perfect Microphone Technique
- Portable Voice-Over Studio – What You Need To Know
- 7 Dos and DON’Ts of working with agencies