Only recently, I was speaking to someone in business, and they made an assumption that using a voice over artist is an expensive matter. This perception had never crossed my mind before, so I thought it worth setting the record straight, as it may be more cost-effective than you think!
Back to reality… 🙂 The rest of us usually charge an hourly rate which is generally based on our expertise and experience. As an Equity member I do use their rates as a guideline but I tailor it to suit the type of service (and its intended usage) I’m asked to provide.
Cost-benefit in time saving and added credibility!
Cost is usually dependent upon the number of words, and how much time it is likely to record and edit the piece. The more experienced we are, the less time the voice over is likely to take, so there is great cost-benefit to be had by using a good voice over artist who is experienced in providing voice overs for companies.
As an aside, on more than one occasion I’ve been asked to step in and record a professional voice over following an attempt on behalf of the company concerned to do it ‘in house’. In those instances, by not using a professional they have wasted valuable time, possibly lost some business and, worse, credibility if the product or service has gone ‘live’.
Example: Costs for web video voice overs
For example, voicing a short web video on behalf of a company, whether a sole trader, SME , or large blue-chip corporate can be done at relatively low cost, from as little as £40 to about £250. My corporate showreel will give you some examples of voice overs I have provided in this area. These are all extracts from real voice overs I have done, not made up!
Own studio reduces client cost still further
With the benefit of having my own studio facilities, rather than using a separate studio, this can help to reduce client costs still further. As voice overs, we liaise directly with your video service provider.