Personal recommendations are ideal, so ask friends and colleagues if they’ve used voice over talent themselves. If you can’t get personal recommendations, the testimonials you find on artist’s website is the next best thing!
You can go also through agencies, remembering that you’ll be paying a premium for agency fees, or an online marketplace where all contact goes through the website.
But the best way to hire voice talent is to go directly to them, so you’re not paying fees on top of their rates and you’re able to communicate directly with the artist.
Using a search engine is always a great method of finding service providers, and while you can just search in your local area, many professional artists have their own well-equipped studios, so you’ll find you can successfully work with people from all over the country, or even go global. In fact, only about 1% of the work I do is local! The clients I work with come from all around the country, and the world, with some even listening in to recording sessions using Skype or Source Connect Now to be able to direct me.
#4: Listen to samples
Once you’ve narrowed down your search to a shortlist of potential voice over talent, listen to as many of their demos as you can to get a proper idea of their full range.
Like I mentioned earlier, you’ll probably find that they’re able to perform in a number of different styles, accents and even ages–so just because you don’t see (or rather, hear!) what you’re looking for straight away, don’t be afraid to ask whether they’re skilled in exactly what you need.
Many artists will even provide a custom audition of your script for free, to really give you an idea as to how they’ll sound working on your project.
#5: Make sure you connect
As with any working relationship, if you find communication difficult with a potential voice artist, then they’re probably not the right fit for you because as with any client/vendor relationship, you have to feel comfortable working with someone.
Entrepreneur.com shared this great article with valuable tips for developing strong working relationships, whichever side of the fence you sit on. I recommend reading it to learn how to pick contractors where you have the best chance to have a good working relationship.
Over to You
Do you have any experience with hiring voice over talent? Leave a comment to tell us more about your experience and what recommendations you’d give for finding the ideal voice over talent for a video project.
About the Author
Jason McCoy is a male voice over talent and founder of McCoy Productions. With over 15 years of voice over experience, his voice has been heard on projects for businesses large and small, including Intel, American Express, Walmart and many more. He specializes in radio and tv commercials, e-Learning and explainer videos.