VO Agents Won’t Sign Foreigners!

I was just given some fascinating information about representation as a foreign voiceover artist.
I currently freelance with a few different agencies in the city and after booking a number of “big” spots was curious why no one was signing me. Then, thanks to the insight and wisdom of my new voiceover coach, Peter Rofé, I learned something that I’ve never heard before:Voiceover agents won’t sign foreigners!Why? As a foreign VO artist I am considered “specialty” talent and due to the rarity of available work in this field most agencies will refrain from entering into a contractual relationship with me – avoiding the contention that will undoubtedly arise when there aren’t any jobs to send me on and I start harassing them about their “obligation” to me, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah.
Pretty straight forward, I suppose.
It’s a little disheartening to be frank, but now, at least this gives me (and hopefully you if you happen to be a foreigner) something to work with. I do have friends who are foreign who are signed with one of these agencies, but they are signed for on-camera and print work, too. So the field is broadened slightly making the agents job easier.
Conclusion? If, as foreigners, you or I wish to make money in the commercial field and be aided in this pursuit by an agency, it is imperative that we nail that US accent. That way we become not only a “specialty” or foreign talent but one who can spill over into the US market blessing our representation with a big ol’ slice of talent pie (read $$) in which to dip.

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About The NYC Actor

Angela Dee is a professional actress working in Film, Theatre, TV, Commercials and Voiceovers. She currently lives in New York. www.angeladee.com

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