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101 Top Voice Over Websites

Al Black

Al Black

30 April 2019

101 Top Voice Over Websites - Voquent

We’ve crafted a list of the top 101 voice over websites – and it’s free!

At Voquent, we love voice-over work of all types and styles, and in addition to ourselves, there are many different voice over websites that you might consider researching and contacting.

We’ve scoured the internet on your behalf to bring you a comprehensive list of 101 Top voice-over Websites! It’s worth noting the sites on this list are fast and secure because they use the best web hosting services.

The list focuses on the UK and US-based voice-over websites. Well established with genuine opportunities. 

 

1. Freelance/Gig/Posting Board websites

Freelance/gig-based websites represent web 2.0 companies with high traffic volumes seeking to be a central resource for all forms of freelance work – of which voice acting is only a tiny percentage. 

Their offerings are all based on the same principle of connecting customers directly with contract workers, such as voice actors on a freelance basis. Because the job sizes listed on these sites are typically smaller, it often removes the need for a service provision layer in the middle (i.e. an agency).

The average paying customer on general freelance sites often already have extensive internal resources and are cherry-picking skillsets for the lowest possible price – or the work itself is very straightforward. 

These types of websites are not in direct competition with voice-over agencies/platforms such as Voquent as their offerings and communities are mostly too broad, generalised, and hands-off to significantly impact a specific industry, much less the voice-over market. 

Voice over projects often rely on multiple requirements and complexities to be handled (physical studio locations, multiple languages, and voices) which requires project management, post-session audio editing work, and other forms of expertise that very few single voice actors can offer. 

We’ve heard some great success stories, but the gigs – at least to begin with – are generally won on price. Not ideal for more experienced and qualified voice talents.

 

2&3. P2P websites TV/ Film/Entertainment

P2P voice-over websites (often referred to as ‘Pay To Play’) are similar to general freelance P2P sites in that they are playing a passive (non-managed) role in the jobs they offer for auditioning.

The business model for a selection of these sites also relies on taking an additional cut of all of the incoming jobs posted by customers, in spite of the voice actor already paying a fee to audition for these jobs.

All P2P sites encourage voice actors to record bespoke auditions to secure work (often at low prices). The voice actors themselves represent a substantial source of revenue for these sites as they also collect subscription revenues or offer premium listing services (for instance, offering privileged early access to auditions before other lower-paying members).

At present, these voice-over websites are still almost entirely focused on getting the customer to choose the voice actor and expecting that voice actor to fulfill every aspect of the work involved. Payment is managed via an escrow service or in some cases, negotiated directly with the client.

Knowing for sure the job will be paid gives some peace of mind to those voice actors concerned about small clients failing to pay in full on completion. The voice actors will require a home studio to enable all of the work to be completed remotely, and the customer is usually comfortable casting and producing the content.

Professional voice artists who’ve invested in home studios and are prepared to maintain competitive rates can generate a very consistent source of earnings from some P2P voice-over websites, especially if they know how to market and sell themselves.

 

4&5. Commission only/Agencies/Production Companies

There are thousands of voicebanks, voice over studios, and voice over agencies worldwide.

Most are niche organisations that started as studios focusing on specific industries such as anime, video games, or commercials. Others offer broader services such as translation, dubbing, or video marketing. 

Many studios and agencies provide a complete managed service, so a customer who is not comfortable with producing the audio themselves will benefit from their assistance, particularly if they require additional services such as scriptwriting, script translation, and voice-over post-production.

Many studios and agencies are also relied upon by casting agents for help, especially if the agency has voices from a particular niche, e.g. a specific language or local dialect.

The great thing about studios and agencies for voice actors is that generally, there is no fee to pay to join their roster. So by forming relationships with many agencies, even a tiny handful of jobs from each one on an annual basis can ultimately provide a very sustainable revenue stream at no cost at all.

You can submit your Demo Samples and compilation Reels, and if the agency likes you, they’ll get in touch when selected for a project. Creating a good relationship with agencies can lead to a steady stream of low-maintenance work for many voice actors.

6. Exclusive Voice Agents and Talent Managers

Exclusive voice-over agents and Talent Manager advertise themselves as premium organisations of high status and reputation. Many have exclusive contracts with the voice talent they represent which may prohibit the talent from working with P2P sites or directly with Studio Agencies and Production companies.

The potential benefit is that they will help market for and negotiate on behalf of the talents.

Agents trade on the value of recognisable or celebrity voices and focus heavily on usage (royalty/ residuals) terms. For many voices, getting an agent is the ultimate ‘win’ because they can focus on perfecting the delivery of their work and less on time-consuming administrative and marketing tasks.

Of course, this comes at a cost. Typically anywhere between 10-20% of their fee. Some agents also charge fees to cover their marketing costs, e.g. creating web pages, videos, and more. Getting an exclusive agent makes a lot of sense for well-known and successful actors and performers who don’t specialise exclusively in voice-over or who do not want the burden of running their day-to-day affairs.

Overall, an agent is an excellent option if you’re going to focus purely on high-end projects, but it should be made clear that you may earn less overall than when you represent yourself and maintain workstreams from multiple sources.

Agents are a fantastic option for talents who are at the very top of their game and are ready to move to the next level.

 

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Learn more about voice-over jobs at Voquent, if you haven’t done so already! We can’t wait to hear your voices!

List last updated September 2021.
Al Black

By Al Black

Al has over twenty years of experience in audiovisual translations. A Voquent co-founder, he has produced tens of thousands of voice-overs and translations for education, advertising and entertainment projects.

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