Renting Out Your Voice

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Hi,

My son's girlfriend has the kind of voice that is sweet, clear and easy to listen to. She is not a radio announcer or has experience on the radio. She is also a college student during the school year.

She feels that she doesn't want to try to make money online unless it is selling some sort of product.

I told her that there may be people who would pay her to read articles or ebooks, etc.

If there is a market for that, how would I get her involved since she knows nothing about an online business and how could she market this.

What I am trying to do is help her out for college and help her get a car to drive to college and not depend on her grandparents.

Just trying to get ideas for her.

Thanks,

Fern
#renting #voice
  • Profile picture of the author Brian Cook
    Hi Fern,

    This site may be able to help...
    http://voice123.com/web/common/search_talent.cgi
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  • Profile picture of the author RentItNow
    I think I have seen voice sections on elance or something similar.

    Do a salespage with samples and let people hear it.

    In other words, does she want a job or a business?
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
    Originally Posted by wealth2moms View Post

    Hi,

    My son's girlfriend has the kind of voice that is sweet, clear and easy to listen to. She is not a radio announcer or has experience on the radio. She is also a college student during the school year.

    She feels that she doesn't want to try to make money online unless it is selling some sort of product.

    I told her that there may be people who would pay her to read articles or ebooks, etc.

    If there is a market for that, how would I get her involved since she knows nothing about an online business and how could she market this.

    What I am trying to do is help her out for college and help her get a car to drive to college and not depend on her grandparents.

    Just trying to get ideas for her.

    Thanks,

    Fern
    Setup a simple website (blog) and get her to do some samples then run a WSO...

    Mike Hill
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  • Profile picture of the author Jared Alberghini
    Hi Fern,

    I would get a hold of fellow warrior Scott Woodside, he knows his stuff in the audio industry...

    WarriorForum - Internet Marketing Forums - View Profile: Scott Woodside

    http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...-woodside.html

    I'm sure he could point you in the right direction.

    Jared
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    Jared should be in the running for a Warrior: Master Of Links award.
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  • Profile picture of the author Clyde Dennis
    I'm in need of female voices. I'd love to hear from her.
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    • Profile picture of the author wealth2moms
      Thanks,

      my son's girlfriend is shy and would probably prefer to check out voices.com and voice123.com Thanks for the offer Clyde but if she can get her feet wet initially, then she would be more confident to take on your offer.

      This is why I love the WF

      Thanks everyone.

      Fern
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  • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
    My daughter is a 19 year old professional singer and there is quite a bit involved in recording a quality audio. She taught herself pro tools (quite a challenge) and now she has a MAC which is a lot easier. Though she does most of her professional recordings in a studio, she is able to collaborate with musicians and producers long distance.

    You may find there is a lot of competition in the recording area and a learning curve to get a fine quality product. So I think it would depend on if it is something she really wants to do.
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  • Profile picture of the author vertical100
    Definitely put up a sample page...
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  • Profile picture of the author BrainDance
    Just a quick note, I am a provider on elance.com and have seen an increase of Voice Talen Projects over the last few months, projects usually include reading books, backgrounds for video,welcome messages for websites and so on
    enjoy!
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  • Profile picture of the author bizideas
    Hi Fern,

    Give voices.com a shot.
    Their setup is a little different from voices123.com.
    I also hear you can do some pickup work at elance.com

    Eric
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Lovelace
    Originally Posted by wealth2moms View Post

    Hi,

    My son's girlfriend has the kind of voice that is sweet, clear and easy to listen to. She is not a radio announcer or has experience on the radio. She is also a college student during the school year.

    She feels that she doesn't want to try to make money online unless it is selling some sort of product.

    I told her that there may be people who would pay her to read articles or ebooks, etc.

    If there is a market for that, how would I get her involved since she knows nothing about an online business and how could she market this.

    What I am trying to do is help her out for college and help her get a car to drive to college and not depend on her grandparents.

    Just trying to get ideas for her.

    Thanks,

    Fern

    Hi Fern

    What a great thing to do for her. Something no one has addressed yet..

    You need a quality microphone and an application to record. For someone who's just getting started and on a tiny budget, you will want a digital USB mic.

    I've used a Logitech headset USB mic with pull down mic for some voice overs and received some great feedback on the quality. It cost me $50 at my local Best Buy.

    You can download the free Audacity software to record the audio. You can download here: Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder

    Just make sure you also install the LAME MP3 plugin as well, so the audio can be saved as .mp3 as it's the most universal format.

    When she's made a few bucks, upgrade your mic to an entry-level condenser mic. I've done a lot of research on mics for computer use and the Audio Technica AT-2020 condenser mic gets the highest recommendation hands down. It delivers a professional warm, "full" sound.

    It comes with a stand and USB cable. Just plug and go. Your computer should automatically recognize it and install drivers.

    Just checked Amazon and their price is $119 for the USB..

    Amazon.com: Audio Technica AT2020USB Condenser USB Microphone: Streamline Audio Video

    Hope that information helps

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  • Profile picture of the author Jeffrey Arthur
    Quite an interesting thread, ive seen a lot of demand for this type of thing lately on a variety of freelance sites.
    Totally agree with Vertical100 she needs to set up a sample page, once she starts to take action the rest will follow. there is a lot of money in this niche, might just have to take a look into this myself.

    Best of luck to you and your daughter.
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    • Profile picture of the author midasman09
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      Many moons ago I was told I had a "Radio Voice". It was and still is, Deep and Clear PLUS, I can "Annunciate" properly...meaning my lips and teeth work together for the best combination for "Aural Communication".

      Towards the end of my sophomore year in college, instead of applying for a job at local construction sites and work as a "Laborer" all summer...I hiked down to the local Radio Station and asked if they could use a "Radio" Voice to do some of their commercials or announcements.

      One guy told me to "C'mon in and Let's Hear Whatcha Got!"

      He sat me behind a mic, handed me a sheet with an announcement on it and told me to "Read It Into The Mic". So...I read thru it a couple of times, took a deep breathe and the rest....is History.

      They hired me on the spot to do Announcements AND Commercials.

      I also went to 3 local Ad Agencies and asked if they could use some "Voice Talent". 2 hired me and I made more money that summer than I could have beating my body in Heat & Sweat.

      So...you could make up a "Sample CD" and take it around to local Radio Stations and Ad Agencies. Ya never know Unless ya try!

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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    I have also been toying with the idea of getting a voice person to make some audio's. Keep us up to date, seems there is the need for it here.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Just wanted to mention that this thread is why the WF is so dang awesome. Someone asked a simple question about how to help someone they know earn some money, and look at how many of you guys responded with truly helpful tips and suggestions!

    I ask you: Is there a better forum (of any kind) on the Web? I think not!

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  • Profile picture of the author danoday
    1. There is an entire niche populated by people who record Audio Books. (Soon I'll be offering a teleseminar series devoted to that.)

    2. For a crash course in how to get into the voiceover business:
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  • Profile picture of the author Emmanuel Betinis
    Originally Posted by Nathan Segal View Post

    I've recorded some demos of my voice. Where can I post them for listening?

    Nathan

    You could start up a minisite promoting your
    voiceover help service. And if your host
    allows ADDON domains it would only
    cost you a few bucks to register
    a new domain and just point it
    to a sub-directory on your
    current hosting account.

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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Woodside
    Before you rush into a sales page marketing a voice do this:

    Purchase an mp3 recorder or use your phone. continue recording excerpts from books or the newspaper. Listen to them over and over again after recording them. Remember one thing and remember it well. You are your best critic when it comes to recording.

    I grew up in Georgia and worked at a radio station part time starting out. They told me that If I ever wanted to go anywhere in radio that I would have to lose the southern accent. Those guys who took me under their wing and helped me every inch of the way made me go in and record my voice, do fake radio shows. Then they would make me listen to the tapes and I would cringe. When I recorded again and again I continued to improve. I can tell you this with pure confidence. I don't even like the way my voice sounds on half of the projects I do. I like the most recent and that's it. Weird huh?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kelvin Brown
    Just the other day, I asked in a different forum, if my own voice was good enough to market. I put up a sample and received feedback.

    So, get those samples out there.

    I especially was interested in any MIC info.

    Now, I also need to look on the other end, at the cost of hiring voice talent.

    Kelvin
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Woodside
    The only problem with this thread? Everyone who can talk thinks that they have a good voice. Same as the audition shows you see on American Idol every season.

    Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers all vouching for how great a singer their family member is, and then suddenly....That person is in front of the judges and sings like a dog in heat! The judges tell the person that they should pick another profession. The person cries on camera and comes out of the swinging doors. There the host is told by the surrounding family that they just can't believe how stupid the judges were.

    Listen to yourself, watch yourself on video, and whatever you do, don't listen to friends or family. They will not tell you you suck when you do! They don't want to hurt feelings.

    So can anyone purchase a microphone, and download some free software and market their voice. Of course they can. But if they have no sales then that's pretty much the proof.

    Voice profession is like anything else in life. Work at it, practice, practice, practice. You'll need professional software, not some free crap from audacity. You'll need a microphone...a real microphone, a condenser mic, a pre amp, studio monitors so that you can hear what you sound like. A sound effects library, a music library. A website, and on and on.

    Don't get discouraged. Always follow your dream, but don't try and slap something together in a day or two with a cheap mic and free software and think you're going to be the next big voice talent.

    Ok, enough, I'm going to bed. I'm done!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Riddle
    Here are some old Audios from a voice over product that I had back in 2006 How to get started in the Voice Over Business.

    Its about an hour long

    Enjoy

    Getting started in the Voice Business Track One

    Getting started in the Voice Business Track Two

    Getting started in the Voice Business Track Three

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