The voiceover “flow”: from hitting record to getting paid – Carrie Olsen Voiceover
Carrie Olsen Voiceover

The voiceover “flow”: from hitting record to getting paid

If you mow lawns for a living, it’s probably pretty clear how your business operates. You do some marketing, you buy the equipment you’ll need, you get some clients, mow their lawns, and collect your money from the clients. Obviously, this is an over-simplified business plan. But I think it’s safe to say that, while there is a lot of nuance, there isn’t a lot of mystery around the daily operation of this type of service-based business.

The idea of running a voiceover business, on the other hand, can feel a bit like magic.

“So… I just get a script, record it, send it off, and then a check magically shows up in my mailbox?”

Because the ins and outs of running, operating, and getting paid from a voiceover business are not as straight-forward and familiar as in other businesses, I find it’s helpful to start with the very basics when working with aspiring voice actors. With that in mind, here is a run-down of the voiceover flow, as it pertains to getting work from auditions.

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Carrie Olsen Voiceover

You receive a voiceover audition (either from an agent or a pay-to-play site, usually)

  • You record a sample of the script on your computer
  • You upload the audition to the pay-to-play site or email the MP3 back to your agent
  • The client selects the winning audition (hopefully it’s you!)
  • You read the full script (either unsupervised on your own time, or during a directed session)
  • You edit and deliver the file(s)
  • If using a pay-to-play site like thevoicerealm.com or Upwork.com, the client approves the job, and you get paid automatically
  • If you are using a pay-to-play site like bodalgo.com or Voice123.com (or you’re working directly with a client without the use of a pay-to-play site), you invoice the client for payment
  • If using an agent, they will usually mail a check

That’s it!

Just kidding. Obviously, there’s a lot more to winning and getting paid for voiceover work. If you’re still in the beginning stages, and you haven’t started auditioning yet, check out these five things you should do before you start auditioning.

If you’re rolling steady with voiceover work from pay-to-plays, agents, or elsewhere, what else would you add to this voiceover flow list?

Carrie Olsen

I'm a full-time professional voice actor and voiceover business coach. I have done work for Taco Bell, REI, BNSF Railway, Bank of America and ESPN to name a few. I dreamed up this community of voice actors to connect, grow, learn and get mentorship from each other. We're the most dedicated group of voice actors on the net, and we're here to help each other build and sustain profitable voiceover businesses.

  • Anita Reese says:

    Hello Carrie,

    I am an aspiring voice over talent. I have yet to do any of the the things you are recommending. I have also sought out another voice talent and coach for advice in getting started in a voice over business. You may know her. Susan Berkley. She does not recommend Pay to Play. She does offer having your voice evaluated by her staff through reading scripts at a reasonable cost. Your coaching is quite expensive compared to her total voice over coaching and boot camps.

    Best,

    Anita

  • Andrea says:

    Thank you for the information! I’ve always wanted to be a voice over actor for quite some time. I just never pursued it.

  • Val says:

    Hi Carrie,

    The infographic is a great 10 second overview of the entire process. Really enjoy all of the helpful info that you share – Thank you!

    • Carrie Olsen says:

      No problem Val. Enjoy reading!

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