Would you hire somebody with Brit accent for audios??

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Hi Troopers

I need to get some serious cash together to pay for an expenssive online service I want done, and need to stump up some cash out of thin air somehow.

Sooo, I then thought, well, I've got a classical English accent, and I see many Americans saying how the Brit accent sounds more trustworthy, so I was thinking of providing a service where I can read out and record articles, sales pages, ebooks for cash.

So, before I embark on another failed project, I wondered if you would mind giving an HONEST opinion whether you would be interested in something like that, and what you would pay per 100 words, or whether it's the stuppidiest idea you ever heard!!

Thanks,
Phil
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  • Profile picture of the author Elmer Hurlstone
    Originally Posted by phil.wheatley View Post

    Hi Troopers

    Sooo, I then thought, well, I've got a classical English accent, and I see many Americans saying how the Brit accent sounds more trustworthy...

    ...what you would pay per 100 words, or whether it's the stuppidiest[sic] idea you ever heard!!

    Thanks,
    Phil
    Phil,

    A couple things came to mind as I read your post.

    Firstly, as we know, no Brit has ever scammed, cheated or defrauded anyone, ever, online or offline. Ergo, a British accent is a plus.

    Although I do wonder why the UK Government maintains the Serious Fraud Office(SFO)...

    Typically voice over work is billed on a project rate relative to the length of the voice over. 15 second, 30 second, 1 minute, etc. as opposed to a "per word" rate.

    Rates are based on the final recorded time of the work. Not on the time required to produce acceptable output.

    The last voice-over I performed for pay was a 30 second job. It was a "dry" (no background music or other sound effects) job. It took close to two hours to get it "just right".

    If you're seriously going to consider doing this work do some major research before offering to rent out your larynx.

    One more thing to consider: Due to the major downsizing of broadcasting, at least in the States, there are increasing numbers of trained, experienced, voice actors coming on the market almost daily.

    Just a few thoughts...

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  • Profile picture of the author phil.wheatley
    Hi Elmer

    Wow, great response. I do wonder now whether it's much more difficult than it sounds. I am an IT Trainer by trade, so that might help, I talk for a living ha ha, but like you say, needs more research I think.

    Many thanks,
    Phil
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  • Profile picture of the author policy
    Maybe you can record a quick 15 second demo so that people can hear your voice.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndyBlackSEO
    I hate recording live screen capture videos. I always get tongue tied as I think too far ahead and usaully always end up messing up. In fact I rarely settle with either of the first 5 attempts. In fact someone even mentioned in a forum somewhere that I have a "weird 'tard accent"... Which was nice.

    Hmmm... Think I may start outsourcing my videos from now on.
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    • Profile picture of the author source47
      Originally Posted by AndyBlackSEO View Post

      I hate recording live screen capture videos. I always get tongue tied as I think too far ahead and usaully always end up messing up. In fact I rarely settle with either of the first 5 attempts. In fact someone even mentioned in a forum somewhere that I have a "weird 'tard accent"... Which was nice.

      Hmmm... Think I may start outsourcing my videos from now on.
      I'm exactly the same way! I'm always a bit awkward when it comes to screen capture vids!
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    • Profile picture of the author nettech
      True,

      You're not a Scouser, Geordie or speak London slang by any chance do you becuase I think that'd be kind of difficult to understand...lol. I do think that the UK accent is a lot clearer than most accents.


      Originally Posted by BIG Mike View Post

      Actually Phil, a demo of a couple of minutes might be worthwhile. As you already know there is a fairly wide range of British accents...some are damn near impossible to understand.
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  • Profile picture of the author phil.wheatley
    Hi Guys

    Wow, thanks for all the feedback. haha, Mike, yeah, there are some crazy Brit accents, like Jordie (newcastle), Birmigham, Liverpool and good ol' london cockney. Yeah, if I go down this route, I'l shoot/record some demos.

    Cheers Richard btw for the link!

    Beers,
    Phil
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    • Profile picture of the author EndGame
      Originally Posted by phil.wheatley View Post

      Hi Guys

      Wow, thanks for all the feedback. haha, Mike, yeah, there are some crazy Brit accents, like Jordie (newcastle), Birmigham, Liverpool and good ol' london cockney. Yeah, if I go down this route, I'l shoot/record some demos.

      Cheers Richard btw for the link!

      Beers,
      Phil
      Never heard of "Jordie" I am pretty familiar with Geordie though :-)

      In all seriousness, this is something I thought about as well for a while, but I got turned off the idea for some of the reasons discussed above, i.e, competing against people with studio equipment etc, when mine was of a limited setup.

      From some feedback I have had from some of our American friends, there is the work out there, but I couldn't say if there is enough to help pay for your expensive online project buddy.

      Best of luck with it.
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      • Profile picture of the author phil.wheatley
        Oh mannnn, I can't even get the spelling right (Geordie), I need help!!

        Talking of Americans, Bill Hicks is on TV right now, that guy totally rocks!! R.I.P Bill.

        Originally Posted by EndGame View Post

        Never heard of "Jordie" I am pretty familiar with Geordie though :-)

        In all seriousness, this is something I thought about as well for a while, but I got turned off the idea for some of the reasons discussed above, i.e, competing against people with studio equipment etc, when mine was of a limited setup.

        From some feedback I have had from some of our American friends, there is the work out there, but I couldn't say if there is enough to help pay for your expensive online project buddy.

        Best of luck with it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    I'm running a VO WSO myself, and I've actually received a lot of interest from UK-based Warriors who prefer an American accent since they feel most of their sales are out of the US. In fact, Will Edwards is publishing the narration I did of one of his outstanding e-books on CD via Amazon.

    That said, I think you might find some folks who would be interested in a bloke with a British accent to do some VO work.
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    • Profile picture of the author phil.wheatley
      Steven...damn your voice sounds good(!), and your accent is quite nueutral, so will appeal to people both sides of the pond. Hmmm, I can see this could take practise!!
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
        Originally Posted by phil.wheatley View Post

        Steven...damn your voice sounds good(!), and your accent is quite nueutral, so will appeal to people both sides of the pond. Hmmm, I can see this could take practise!!
        Well thanks. I appreciate the compliment, because to me my voice sounds weird! I know it must sound at least decent to others because I've had a history of being paid to make radio commercials and other done quite a bit of other voice work as well.

        I enjoy it.
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  • Profile picture of the author DogScout
    I believe in using your own voice when selling if there is the slightest chance they will hear your real voice. Confuse the heck out of someone you need to call if all they know is you have a brit accent. LOL.
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  • Profile picture of the author DogScout
    Nice voice. It would be better if you took up drinking whiskey and smoking, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bev Clement
    Phil, this was debated before, think on the old forum, and one comment stuck firmly in my mind. People said they would never buy if a British accent is used. Now I know this isn't true across the board, but worth considering in the wider scheme of things.

    Hollywood is always looking for British voices, but they tend to prefer female, any good for you

    And if you get stuck Elmer is good at translating, should you say something which the Yanks have no idea what you're talking about .
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    • Profile picture of the author rosetrees
      Originally Posted by Bev Clement View Post

      Hollywood is always looking for British voices, but they tend to prefer female, any good for you
      Hollywood here I cooome!!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    The only UK voiceover talent that I'd ever be interested in would be like some hardcore, cockney Dominic Noonan kind of thing.

    j/k
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  • Profile picture of the author darkangel
    English is not my first language and even though I live in US, I have a hard time understanding any kind of british accent. I would say, if I bought an audio product and it had a brit accent I would have to return it.

    I think with so many immigrants in US, a brit accent would only be useful for specific purposes, since I believe a plain "no accent" speech is more desirable for commercial products.

    But I would say that there's probably a huge market out there for all kinds of accents and it's always a plus when your accent is natural.

    I think at the end of the the day what matters most it's the quality of the product you offer which is defined by your voice and the equipment you have to record and edit it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Silas Hart
      I believe that Americans respond very well to British accents, as long as they speak in American terms, not British ones. A British accent sounds collected, charming, and smart to Americans' thus building some sort of vocal trust. Just keep out the slang.
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      • Profile picture of the author nettech
        Innit? Lol

        Originally Posted by FaJeeb View Post

        I believe that Americans respond very well to British accents, as long as they speak in American terms, not British ones. A British accent sounds collected, charming, and smart to Americans' thus building some sort of vocal trust. Just keep out the slang.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
          Having met Phil in person, I can only say that he is definitely made for radio.
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  • Profile picture of the author jlady
    Funny you should mention this, I have only been learning IM for about 1 month. It seems like every IM video I listen to has a british accent. I am american, I love the british accent, yes you do sound more trustworthy, polite, friendly and generally classy....to me at least. But I do find it strangely coincidental?? that...that is all I am hearing.

    Is IM more popular in UK than America? Or is this forum more popular in UK than America??
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      I'm no Brit, nor do I even have a clue to most of its slang!

      However, I was told I have a very nice voice and asked if I would consider doing audio marketing? By one with a Brittish accent LOL!

      Granted, I do have a degree in the arts, majoring in drama, and have worked professionally years ago.

      But it's not something I know much about, audio marketing. I just answered I don't know, hmmm! Took the easy way out!

      May just do some research, as I, before this thread, hadn't a clue it was being done much!
      Sorry I couldn't help you, but if you'd like we could compare and share research results!
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by euhlir View Post

      There is more "class" if that's how I'd describe it to a british accent.
      I have heard many classy Non-Brits, especially in the US, however class is on the decline here along with a lot of morals and character!

      I have heard many no class british accents as well!

      I guess it just depends on where you as an individual live, and what you like to hear, which I'm sure is different in various different countries!
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      • Profile picture of the author Sissy76
        It all depends where you come from in the UK, sounding like a geezer won't generate much trust!
        My husband is English, from Somerset, his mother warded off that distinctive Somerset accent with all her might as he was growing up, and he too has a classic English accent. I can safely say that it has served him very well indeed, especially here in Australia.
        It certainly makes him sound more authoritative and trustworthy. When he worked in tele-sales, his accent really paid off with excellent conversions and commissions, dreadful work as it is!
        It all depends on your market really, although, from my own personal experience, a classic English accent will open many doors and, with great copy and product, can close a great many sales without the prospect feeling "sold to".

        Can't help you on what to charge, but it might work in your favour to negotiate over the phone or via skype to make the most of your accent!

        Best of luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    It depends on how your voice sounds and if you can read well, but Americans do love a British accent, so I think your idea is great. I don't know if that equates to internet marketing, but only somebody testing it out can know for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sara Young
    There are a lot of Americans targeting the UK crowd, and they may be interested in your kind of service.

    I was once in the UK financial market, but that was before video marketing was popular. If I was still in that market today - I would have been interested in such a service.
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  • Profile picture of the author KatyaSenina
    One person that came to mind was...Lee Mcintyre
    he records all his videos himself and doesn't mind having a British accent

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    I would say... why not? Just try it. Someone already mentioned that there is more class to a British accent and I agree.
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  • Profile picture of the author source47
    It would be really funny if you tried to do a voice over in an American accent but everyone would be able to tell that you're from England!
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    • Profile picture of the author Kate Davies
      Hi Phil

      I have just got to the stage where I have recorded some new video commentaries myself, for the tutorials to a new product, but feel that someone else's voice would probably be better than mine. I'm in the UK and have just started looking in to the possibility of outsourcing voiceover work. I have always done my own up until now.

      I'd like to hear your voice first obviously. Depending on where you are perhaps we could meet up and have a chat. Outsourcing voiceovers is new territory for me, just as doing the voiceovers is new to you. I'm not sure what facilities you have, but I have a home / office PC set-up that is optimised for video and voice recording plus there is a local recording studio nearby where I can hire a studio at a very resonable cost.

      I'm located in Watford, so if it's anywhere near you perhaps we could do a bit of exploratory work together and help each other out. I'm guessing that if Watford seems like a million miles away then it won't be possible.

      Let me know what you think.

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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Turner
    Hey Phil,

    I would definitely use a Brit accent... However it all comes down to what context it would be used in and how suitable it would be for the target market.

    Here's a fantastic site to checkout for hiring/getting voice over work: http://www.voice123.com/

    Sorry if someone's already mentioned it, I haven't had enough time to look through this whole thread.

    Brent
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    Well I'm a Brit, but I prefer to hire someone with an American accent for promoting certain things. To me it sounds more dynamic, more Hollywood.....even Brit singers try to sound American so I think it works best.
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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    Crikey aren't there some misconceptions on display here!

    First off what is a "Brit" accent? As Britain (actually the United Kingdom) contains England (with lots of regional accents) plus Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, (all themselves with regional variations) there is actually is no such thing as a British accent.

    It's like us saying That Americans and Canadians all sound the same - when clearly they do not. There is a vast array of regional variations.

    What you guys are describing is a classic neutral, formal English accent, that actually rarely exists in the real world. Anyone who can understand English can understand it, as it is English language in its purest form.

    Funnily enough the evidence I have is that my wife runs a company with a US client. She does the voiceovers for her company advertising as she has the ability to speak in that classic neutral English, and her American client has asked her if she will do some voice work for them. So clearly some American's see it as a marketable style of English.

    However, research in her industry shows that the most trustworthy, likeable accent for any natural English speaker is a soft, clear lowland Scottish accent.
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  • Profile picture of the author EndGame
    My personal experience of the Brit accent in America.

    I have been to Canada and the USA (I know, two different countries) but I had similar experiences in each country.

    I remember one New Years Eve in a bar, at the tender age of 20 spending some time with a girl on the dance floor, who, in a passionate embrace gripped me and said

    "God, please just keep talking, I can't get enough of that accent"

    She was six years older than me, and when she purred those words, I thought I was in love.

    I never saw her again.

    Point being, seems like some people over the pond enjoy the Brit accent.

    I am not sure if I was contributing to this discussion or just telling a cool story I like repeating. Either way, hope it helped some one.

    :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author KatyaSenina
      Originally Posted by EndGame View Post

      My personal experience of the Brit accent in America.

      I have been to Canada and the USA (I know, two different countries) but I had similar experiences in each country.

      I remember one New Years Eve in a bar, at the tender age of 20 spending some time with a girl on the dance floor, who, in a passionate embrace gripped me and said

      "God, please just keep talking, I can't get enough of that accent"

      She was six years older than me, and when she purred those words, I thought I was in love.

      I never saw her again.

      Point being, seems like some people over the pond enjoy the Brit accent.

      I am not sure if I was contributing to this discussion or just telling a cool story I like repeating. Either way, hope it helped some one.

      :-)
      haha great story made me laugh
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  • Profile picture of the author maryannelewis
    As someone who's worked in broadcasting in the States for many years, I have a few words of advice:

    one - don't charge by the word. Charge by the length of the product.

    two -- don't sell yourself too cheaply. U.S. voiceover artists earn a pretty penny, especially in union markets. (Large cities in the Northeast and West Coast)

    three -- use a podcast and a separate microphone, if possible. Quality will be better.

    four --on your "audition" recording, use different types of recordings to show a range of what you can do.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Cheng
    " there are some crazy Brit accents, like Jordie (newcastle)," --- Alreet...I feel fooking offended now.
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  • Profile picture of the author LazyMogul.com
    Phil, I think you should give it a try. What do you have to lose? Who knows if this has been your real calling all along. There's lots of money to be made in "voice acting", MC, annoucements, etc. Could be a great part-time gig with lots of cash on the side.

    So get your confidence up and GO FOR IT!

    -C

    PS
    Personally, I like a british woman's accent. It's soothing and puts me at ease. ;-D
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  • Profile picture of the author Whosyou
    I used to work for an audio marketing company, i am also setting up a B2B audio based service.

    The one thing that i notice in most peoples WSO's and other marketing videos is the poor standard of audio production; if you are planning on selling people your audio make sure it is produced to the HIGHEST of standards, Crapily produced audio impresses no one, and annoys anyone who knows anything about audio production
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