How Much Does Voice Over Talent Cost?
A voice over is a person who speaks in a film, commercial, documentary, etc. as a voice off-camera. Voice overs are trained in pronunciation, inflection, and other important aspects of speaking. If you do not want to use your own voice for your upcoming commercial or documentary, you may have to hire a professional voice over artist to make your piece sound professional. However, this is going to come with a fee. The cost of a voice over professional is going to depend on many factors, such as their experience, the work that has to be performed, and the length of piece.
How much is it?
- The cost of voice over work is going to depend on the individual or company you choose, the type of work that needs to be done, and how long the voice work is going to last. Depending on the type of project that has to be done, plan on spending anywhere from $50 to $150 per minute for voice over jobs that are less than one to three minutes. Voice over jobs such as documentaries and commentary can often cost upwards of $250 to $2,000 per 60 minutes. Usually, the larger the market is for the project, the more you are going to pay.
- Some companies, on the other hand, may charge by the page. For example, a full page of text on Microsoft Word, could cost $20 to $50 per page.
- According to ToddsChick.com, the costs can range from $20 to $30 per minutes, after the first five minutes requirement has been met.
- KSAnderson.com claims that most people should be prepared to spend $15 to $1,500 for radio and TV spots and around $15 to $75 for small cable TV projects.
|Audiobooks||$250-$500 per hour|
|Corporate Videos||$50-$100 per minute|
|Cartoon Voices||$200-$500 per hour|
|Educational Videos||$200-$500 per hour|
|Movie Trailers||$300-$600 per 60
|Narration||$50-$100 per minute;
$2,000 per 60 minutes
|Podcasts||$200 to $400 per hour|
|Telephone System||$100-$200 per
minute; $1,500 per 60 minutes
|TV Commercial||$150 to $800 per 60
|Video Games||$100-$200 per
minute; up to $2,000 per 60 minutes
What is going to be included?
- Voice work is commonly available for the following jobs: audiobooks; business and corporate videos; educational videos; training videos; movie trailers; narration; podcasts; radio commercials; telephone system recordings; television commercials; and video games.
- The rates noted above are for audio that has been finished.
- Depending on the length of the voice over work, typical turnaround times are around 1-2 days for 60 seconds worth of audio.
What are the extra costs?
- Union workers will often cost more than non-union voice over workers.
- If edits are needed in the future, additional fees may apply. Every voice over artist will have his own pricing structures.
- If you are going to use an online service to find an artist, an additional charge may apply to find the professional.
- Foreign language translations can be extra.
- It does not matter how good the voice talent is; if you do not have good recording equipment, it will take away from the quality of the film. Good sound equipment is essential to the success of the piece.
Tips to know:
- Before signing a contract or sending your money over, make sure you know what is included in the quoted price.
- Before hiring a voice over artist, go over you script very carefully. The easier it is to read and understand, the fewer takes will be needed, meaning less time will be needed.
- Consider the type of commercial or the character which the voice over is supposed to be portraying. This will make a difference in the voice that you choose. One of the first things you should decide is if you want a man or woman. Do you want a high voice, low voice, accent, etc. These are all decisions you need to make.
- Good voice overs will have a demo tape of themselves to which you can listen when deciding who to hire. Some voice talent will have multiple voices that can be used depending on your preferences.
- Make sure that you choose a voice over who also has acting skills. Acting skill is just as important in reading a script as it is in acting it out.
How can I save money?
- The Internet is filled with thousands of voice over artists looking for work. Voices.com, for instance, allows you to post a job, and from there, workers on the website will be able to bid on the job. Try your best to get as many quotes as possible.
- The more work they need to do, the lower the minute rate can go down. For example, a 60 minute piece wouldn’t necessarily cost $6,000. Instead, you should be prepared to spend half that rate.
- Do not be afraid to haggle. Most voice over professionals are more than willing to work with your budget.
- Keep your eyes peeled for a promotional or sale rate.
- Check with local college programs in film in acting. You may be able to get a student to do it for a much smaller fee, or maybe even free since it will look good on his resume.