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  • Writer's pictureKaohu James

Building Relationships with Voice Talent for Better Results

In the world of voice over, there are two main ways to communicate with talent: through a talent agency or directly. There are pros and cons to both approaches, but in recent years, more and more clients are choosing to communicate with talent directly.

There are a few reasons for this. First, it can save money. Talent agencies typically take a commission on each booking, so by going direct, you can keep more of your budget. Second, it can give you more control over the process. When you work with an agency, you're at the mercy of their schedule and availability. But when you work directly with talent, you can set your own deadlines and make changes as needed.

Of course, there are also some challenges to communicating with talent directly. First, you need to be able to find the right talent. There are a lot of great voice actors out there, but it can be time-consuming to sift through the noise and find the ones who are a good fit for your project. Second, you need to be able to communicate effectively with talent. This means being clear about your expectations and being open to feedback.

If you're up for the challenge, communicating with talent directly can be a great way to save money and have more control over the process. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  1. Do your research. Before you start reaching out to talent, take some time to research the different types of voices that are out there. LISTEN TO THEIR DEMO!!

What kind of voice are you looking for? What are the different vocal styles? Once you have a good understanding of the different options, you can start narrowing down your choices.

2. Be clear about your expectations. When you first reach out to talent, be sure to be clear about your expectations. What is the purpose of the project? What is the deadline? What is your budget? The more information you can provide, the better.

3. Be open to feedback. When you're working with talent, be open to their feedback. They may have suggestions on how to improve your script or how to make your project sound better. Be willing to listen and make changes as needed.

4. Build relationships. When you find a voice actor that you like, be sure to build a relationship with them. This means staying in touch, sending them updates on your projects, and recommending them to others. The more you work with a particular talent, the better your chances of getting a great performance.

Communicating with talent directly can be a great way to save money and have more control over the process. By following these tips, you can make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

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