This is why I love social media. My little fledgling group on LinkedIn called “Setting VO Rates” hosts some incredible discussion threads sometimes.
One of the most recent ones was initiated by Boston area Production Director Matt Forrest, and over the last few days, now has more than 95 comments.
But not just any comments. What you will find is probably the most exhausting, thorough, and philosophical dissection of the quandary over rates I’ve ever seen. Why are rates being driven down? Should we work towards a minimum fee schedule for the good of our business, or should we let the free market have its way?
If this issue interests you at all…this is THE MOTHER of all discussions on setting VO rates. It’s civil, deep, comprehensive, the best I could hope-for in social media, and with the attitude I would wish all intelligent, concerned voice over talents could engage in.
Since setting the value of your worth in the marketplace is one of the most bedeviling challenges in voice over work (indeed, all of freelance work), here’s what I suggest you do: Reserve 30-45 minutes, follow this link on “….To Call This Rate Insulting….”, read, and get a true education in rates AND civility. Kudos especially to Paul Strikwerda and Elizabeth Grattan, not to mention Matt for starting the whole thing.
Seriously, this dialog is SO far-ranging, that it may decide, once-and-for-all how you define your worth in the VO market.