TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Before we start, the best way is to contact me via the website Contact Form, to establish what you want, your deadline, and how and where you’ll use the finished voiceover. That way I’ll better be able to understand your needs and be able to provide you with an accurate quote.
My prices are set to industry standards, but I promise that they will be fair, and I’m always happy to explain myself and justify how they are calculated.
ABOUT THE FEES
Like most voiceover professionals, my rates are based on a combination of two elements- the amount of work involved and the scope of usage. The first part is calculated by looking at the length of the script, whether we are recording “wild” or fitting to an existing video or guide track, and whether you wish to direct the session with me on the line or not.
The second part – the usage fee – depends on where the finished project will be shown (e.g. internal usage within a company, on a client’s website, their YouTube channel, pre-roll advertising for the web, events, radio and television advertising, etc.) and for how long. You have the option to “buy out” the usage in some cases and use the voiceover indefinitely, though many clients choose to licence usage for a year or two. This approach can reduce initial cost and allow you to see how well the project performs. You can then either renew the licence for a further run, or take the opportunity to update the existing project or create something entirely new.
If you’re unused to working with voiceover fees, a great resource to check out is the GVAA Rate Guide Then treat the numbers as a starting point for our discussion.
BEFORE I RECORD
I’ll ask you to review the quote and agree in writing (usually by return email) and this will act as our contract. I won’t share anything you don’t want me to, but I do like to use social media, and I believe in the benefits of mutual promotion where appropriate. I’m happy to sign an NDA if you need me to, so please let me know as soon as possible.
Before I begin recording, you’ll need to give me the final, approved version of your script. If you need to direct the session online, we’ll agree a mutually convenient time. Most of my voiceover work is done on my own, in my home studio, though I am happy to travel to a local studio. If you feel this is necessary and do not already have an agreement or relationship with any, I am happy to make recommendations from those with whom I have worked with before and will provide a quote for costs. Please bear in mind that you will be responsible for paying these costs directly with the studio.
If I’m recording solo, you’ll need to give me some indication on how you want the voiceover to sound – possibly by referencing some of my demos, if you’re not used to giving direction. I am happy to record a couple of paragraphs for your approval at this point – just to make sure that you’re happy with the tone and style. If there are non-English words, acronyms, or technical language, I will ask in advance for precise instructions on how to to pronounce before beginning the job, so there are no delays in delivery.
I work only with professional-grade audio equipment, in my acoustically treated studio.
Unless you ask for something different (which you’re welcome to do), I’ll record and edit the voiceover track to my standard specifications. For the technically inclined, this means:
peaks at -3dB
breaths removed (as best suits the material)
supplied as a 24-bit/48kHz WAV file, which I’ll usually send to you via MyAirBridge, Dropbox or WeTransfer. FTP is fine, please just specify.
For the less technical, this means you’ll get clean, broadcast-quality audio that’s ready to use in your production. Your editor or sound designer will love it, and it will be in a form they can work with easily.
Most of the time, that’s it! But sometimes I know there are things that won’t be quite right, so…
If I’ve made a mistake, I promise to fix it free of charge and in a timely manner. Hopefully the test read, and the discussion we had earlier, will mean this doesn’t happen.
If you’ve made a mistake in the script, or if words need to be changed for whatever reason that are outside of any errors on my part, I may charge a small fee to cover the time taken to put it right, as this is time I can’t be working with another client.
Please do remember that I always want you to be happy when you work with me. That way you’ll trust me, tell your friends, colleagues and associates, and hopefully keep coming back, again and again.