Ask me! – How much do I charge for voiceovers?

A.D.,

A.V.L. here with a voiceover question. Say your friend Anna has been doing voiceovers for her friend’s video tutorials. I’ve started charging as of the last project, as I am unemployed now and can no longer do pro bono. So–how much do I charge? Or rather what calculation do I use to figure out a price? Any advice would be appreciated.

Anonymous

Well, I’m union now so my rate is calculated in accordance to that so I’m sorta out of the loop on what people are charging these days for non-union work.

However, I will reference a producer I used to work with. For any job I would book through him, he would pay me $350. That would be for anything from narration to tutorials, etc. And there was no bearing on time spent recording – although we never went over an hour.

Another guy I worked with gave me $350 for the first hour then $75 for every extra 1/2 hour. That was for corporate video tutorials for big companies such as Unilever and Goldman Sachs and we ALWAYS went over an hour – I had reams and reams of script at a time.

It depends on your relationship with the people you’re working with and it depends on how much time you’re working. Also what company you’re recording for. If they have money then they should be paying you appropriately.

If you’re doing about an hour of work, and these are “friends” and you know the company doesn’t have much revenue you could just charge $100/hour. Or if you’re just doing 15 – 10 minutes of work at a time, same thing.

If they are part of a bigger company and there’s revenue there then charge $350 every time you go in. If they start taking advantage of this and you’re working more than an hour or two at a time, ask for more.

Does this help? If anyone has feedback, please feel free to let us know!

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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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