When you think about it…that’s what WE do. Voice actors become an outsource, or outside resource for people looking to finish a certain product or project. They seek our services because they don’t have the talent in-house to get it done.
Smart! We become part of their team…through hard work we provide a solution they can rely on time and again…creating a trust relationship.
So now, my question: How often do YOU outsource?
On some things I have to. On others, I’m willing to suffer the learning curve. But like most businesses, when I MUST get it done quickly and done well, I’m seeking a specialty service so I can outsource the job.
I’ve learned to outsource the labor-intensive bookkeeping effort it takes to keep my accounting in order. Likewise, the deep details of running, hosting, and troubleshooting this blog are left to a trusted expert in that field.
On the other hand, I do my own Social Media Marketing, my own editing, writing, and my own database creation, but not graphics creation.
It’s probably not a bad idea to keep some lists and contact information of people you may need in a pinch. Back in May of 2011 I blogged NEED HELP EDITING? The resources mentioned in that list are still available for work,
Here’s a new one I had not hear of before: ProofListening.com.
The proof listener – Loretta Martin — wrote me that: “…I do not narrate, edit audio tracks, or critique reading styles. My service is designed to help ensure clean, word-perfect files that meet all specs and QC requirements (for example, the “retail-ready” demands of ACX). Because my editorial and copyediting experience includes proofreading classical music scores, I bring sharp ears and sharp eyes to the table. I also have basic audio editing skills (so I know what to listen for).”
So Martin fills a very specific niche for outsourcing. Please feel free to give her a call if you need this service.
I find it interesting that as the voice-over business grows, more and more such specific genres are popping up. We as freelancers, can help other freelancers who specialize in a service we may need. It’s all good!