Getting Paid to Speak: $4500 a Month Voiceover Performing

Your voice has worth each figuratively, and possibly even actually.

To show this level, I’m joined on the present this week by a facet hustling couple who’ve turned their voices into an earnings stream price hundreds of {dollars} a month.

Dom and Nicole Draper from are award-winning voice over artists. They receives a commission to speak!

As skilled voice over artists, they’ve labored with a few of the greatest manufacturers on this planet, together with Nike, Netflix, and Adobe.

On this episode they share how they went from hustling on Fiverr outdoors of their 9-5, to working with voice over brokers and businesses and turning this right into a full-time enterprise.

Tune in to The Facet Hustle Present interview to listen to:

  • how Dom and Nicole obtained their first gigs
  • how they scaled up their enterprise and raised their costs
  • the broader ways you’ll be able to apply to your individual facet hustle

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The Inspiration to Change into Voiceover Artists

Dom defined that he had an curiosity in radio and journalism and already had all of the gear to document his voice when he met Nicole.

Nicole was a self-titled “theater geek”, an actress, and has a musical theater background.

After they obtained married, Dom mentioned they had been all the time searching for methods to mix and use their passions.

It was truly Dom’s mother who prompt they try Fiverr and another on-line marketplaces to see if there was a means they might promote their companies.

Dom ended up deciding to provide voice over work a go. He recorded some samples, created a Fiverr profile, and shortly began getting some jobs coming in.

About 4 months later Nicole additionally created a Fiverr profile and began getting some gigs of her personal.

Dom defined that they complement one another properly and canopy completely different voicing kinds. He has a extra formal voiceover type, whereas Nicole has a extra theatrical method.

Tools and Startups Prices

Dom already had all of the gear he wanted to document voiceovers when he and Nicole joined Fiverr.

He’d been utilizing the identical AKG Notion 120 microphone for round 15 years and mentioned it’s nonetheless an incredible mic to at the present time.

Initially of the 12 months, Dom and Nicole did improve their mic to a Sennheiser 416 after they closed on a giant job.

The Sennheiser prices about $1000, however “you’ve obtained to put money into your self as you degree up,” Nicole informed me.

Dom mentioned he can inform the distinction in high quality between the AKG and Sennheiser. However for anybody beginning out, Dom mentioned there are a great deal of reasonably priced microphones that shall be ok for round $100.

Getting Preliminary Traction on Fiverr

Dom remembers his first Fiverr gig properly. It was for a radio station in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and it was to document some promos for a Bone Thugs-N-Concord rap live performance.

“We had no clue what we must be charging,” Dom informed me wanting again at how he priced up his gigs.

“We obtained paid $10 for that,” Dom mentioned.

Right this moment, the licensing alone can be $200, and he’d additionally cost extra for the voice over work.

Beginning out at a low worth level does make sense on Fiverr while you’re making an attempt to get some traction. Dom simply didn’t understand how low he was pricing his first gigs.

Nicole remembers her first gigs had been plenty of church bulletins and she or he was additionally charging round $10 on the time.

Licensing Voice Over Work

Dom and Nicole cost a licensing charge for his or her voice overs. That is regular business apply, and it’s basically a utilization charge to cowl the continuing use of their voice recording.

To understand how a lot to cost, Dom mentioned he makes use of a licensing price information revealed by the World Voice Performing Academy (GVAA).

For instance, if their voiceover goes for use domestically or on social media and for a brief interval, the licensing charges is perhaps round $200-500.

Alternatively, if it’s going for use globally or on TV the licensing charges can run into the hundreds.

Dom did a voiceover gig for Yahoo and his work was used on YouTube, paid advertisements, Spotify, and another streaming companies and he charged $10,000 for the licensing.

The opposite advantage of licensing agreements is that firms can choose to resume the licensing settlement if the time period expires and so they wish to stick with it utilizing the voice over.

Instruments and Coaching That Assist With Voiceovers

Dom and Nicole suggest studying/including some further abilities that can enable you stand out from the gang.

Dom had a background in enhancing audio and mentioned this proved helpful when he was getting began.

It enabled him to knock out voice over samples rapidly once they had been beginning out and helped enhance the standard of their closing edits.

Nicole mentioned that you just’ll discover Apple, Adobe, and different firms within the audio area supply free coaching, sources, and conferences should you perform some research.

“Take all of the free stuff there may be, make investments your time in that,” Nicole informed me.

Going Full-Time and Touchdown Larger Shoppers

“It took my spouse actually pushing me to stop my job and actually develop the enterprise,” Dom informed me.

Dom and Nicole had been each working 9-5 jobs once they began doing voice over work.

They joined Fiverr in 2017, and it was March 2021 when Dom felt comfy quitting his job and going full-time on his voice over enterprise.

It’s solely been upward since Dom’s gone full-time, so it was undoubtedly the suitable determination for him.

One other large affect and help community that Dom mentioned helped him to make the choice was the voiceover neighborhood.

Each he and Nicole mentioned there’s a nice neighborhood throughout the voiceover business. They’ve acquired a great deal of help and encouragement from the neighborhood, and likewise give again the place they’ll.

“Get plugged into the neighborhood,” Dom informed me.

Nicole nonetheless has her 9-5 and mentioned she is in no rush to stop.

Nicole defined that as an entrepreneur, it’s laborious to get healthcare and a few of the different advantages that include full-time employment. She’s glad to do her voice over work round her day job for now.

“Simply have a plan earlier than you determine to stop, and have a backup,” Nicole informed me.

Constructing a Web site and a Model

At one of many on-line conferences Dom and Nicole attended, a fellow voice over artist informed them their web site is essential to their enterprise and it wanted some work.

Or, as Dom put it, their web site was “a sizzling mess.”

So, Dom constructed a brand new web site.

Dom used Wix to construct his website, which is a drag and drop web site builder. Wix additionally walked Dom via some primary web optimization steps and helped him to optimize his website for a few of his chosen key phrases.

Dom has put all the things an agent would wish to see on the house web page. He’s listed manufacturers he and Nicole have labored with, a few of their samples, and a few details about what they do.

Its labored out properly, Dom mentioned they’re getting hits from everywhere in the world day by day and it’s producing enterprise for them.

What a Day within the Lifetime of a Voice Over Actor Appears Like

Dom defined {that a} typical day is spent balancing recording new auditions and fulfilling consumer jobs.

Dom and Nicole have two brokers, and so they ship new auditions their means every day.

The aim is to show these auditions round as rapidly as attainable as that will increase their probability of touchdown the gig, Dom defined.

Dom additionally checks in on Fiverr for any new jobs, in addition to the massive voiceover marketplaces and Voice123.

Dom mentioned these marketplaces are devoted to voiceover work and are “a step up from Fiverr” when it comes to the standard of jobs.

There’s an annual charge for utilizing the platforms, however he and Nicole have landed some attention-grabbing and well-paying voice over jobs.

Anticipated Audition Take Charge

“The rule of thumb within the voiceover business is to only ship it and overlook it,” Dom mentioned once I requested him what number of auditions it takes to land a paying job.

Dom mentioned he doesn’t spend time worrying about what number of auditions he’s sending off.

Desirous about it may possibly get discouraging, so he simply focuses on sending as many auditions out as attainable.

That mentioned, Dom did share that on, he lands one paying gig for each 39 auditions.

Connecting With Brokers and Businesses

Brokers have been a very good supply of voice over work for Dom and Nicole.

Dom discovered one in every of his brokers via Instagram. He noticed a hyperlink to her website on one other voice over artist’s web page. When Dom went to her web page he noticed she supplied free 15-minute calls.

Dom booked a name, the agent preferred what she noticed and added him to her roster of voice over artists to ship auditions to.

Dom has additionally linked with businesses via voice over work he’s carried out via on-line marketplaces, and likewise by reaching out straight.

When reaching out straight, Dom mentioned don’t get discouraged should you’re not getting many replies and don’t maintain messaging folks.

Simply maintain reaching out, give prospects a quick introduction into what you do and a hyperlink to your work, and depart it with them.

When you’re in good favor with an company and on their books, that may also be a very good supply of jobs.

How A lot to Cost for Voice Over Work

Dom and Nicole began out charging round $0.20 a phrase. They’ve since elevated their price per phrase to $0.50.

This implies they cost $50 per 100 phrases of voiceover work. Dom mentioned he can knock out 100 phrases in 5-10 minutes with enhancing, so it’s an incredible hourly price.

You may also add some upsells and add-ons when utilizing Fiverr to earn more money.

Dom mentioned he fees extra for turning jobs round faster, splitting up information, together with completely different file codecs, including music, and so on.

Widespread Misconceptions

“The largest false impression is that everyone can simply do it,” Dom mentioned.

Dom and Nicole have had a great deal of folks attain out to them saying they wish to get into voiceover work, however simply don’t have the talents to take action.

It’s not as simple as simply talking or studying from a script. There’s enhancing, appearing, and different parts that go into producing high-quality voiceover work.

Dom’s #1 Tip for Facet Hustle Nation

Community, community, community.”

Nicole’s #1 Tip for Facet Hustle Nation

Cost what you’re price.”

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