You're busy working on a ton of things for your business and you need to hire a voice actor. Which means you need a quick and accurate quote for your voiceover. A quote can also factor into which voice actor you hire depending on your budget, so it's important to get a good quote with responsive communication. When you have a deadline you need to meet, you want to minimize the number of emails back and forth to get started. Every project and actor is unique, but these 5 pieces of info will help you get a quote fast.
1. Word Count
How many words are in your script?
A final word count of your script will help to know how long your voice over will be. There are free word count trackers you can find through Google or if you have Microsoft Word it will also track your scripts word count. For a radio ad or commercial it may also be important to let the actor know the time length of the spot so that they can meet the timing of your spot.
Where will you be using the audio? What is the length of the usage?
Some examples are Television spots, radio commercials, internet/online commercials, explainer & whiteboard videos, audiobook, podcast, etc.
Usage can be full buy out or things like radio, television, and internet commercial spots can be sold in cycles for example a 13 week cycle of a radio ad.
3. Audience Size
How much traffic do you get on the website where the video will be posted? How many listeners will your radio ad reach?
A local commercial will have a different quote than a national commercial. Let the voice actor know how many people you expect the content to reach.
When do you need your voiceover by?
Have a tight deadline? Need it within the hour? Is it a longer project that might take a few weeks?
5. Delivery Details
How do you need your voice over delivered?
Do you need .mp3 or .wav?
Do you need your voice over split into multiple files?
Do you need them delivered through Dropbox, email, or something else?
Need it synced to a video? With music? Specific labeling of files?
If possible, sharing the final script with your actor will help your voice actor know in depth what will be needed for the project.
These are 5 of the most common pieces of information a voice actor will need to provide you a fast and accurate quote.
If you're looking to get a voiceover quote for you project, contact Marlena with your project details.
Marlena has been providing professional voiceover services to all kinds of businesses and projects since 2015.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she received her BFA in Theatre from the University of Idaho.
In addition to voiceover and theatre, she has also performed at hundreds of Bay Area children's parties and events as beloved princesses.
Get in touch to have Marlena's voice on your next project.