Don’t fault me or WoVO for focusing so much on voiceover compensation rates lately. We’re only trying to keep up with the crazy pace of this industry. No one topic garners more interest among freelance voice actors than this issue.
World-Voices Organization members site “rates” as one of their top concerns. For those choosing a career in VO — and willing to work hard for it — this business had some promise. The threat of ever-descending rates, though, is challenging that paradigm. There are as many causes for plunging scales as there are proposed solutions. It’s easy to point fingers and make scapegoats… but what can be DONE?
WoVO keeps coming back to the need for education. We believe in open sharing of the situation as it stands (warts and all), where it’s heading, and what we can collectively do to claim our rightful, equitable, professional piece of the media compensation pie…be it legacy markets or new digital markets.
In that spirit, WoVO professional member Anne Ganguzza and I are launching into what we hope will be a regular online video-based series of webinars to open up a congenial dialog to educate, motivate, and mentor the different sectors of our business that NEED TO KNOW what’s going on.
Educated, it’s easier to see the truth, and take action.
You’ll see what I mean when you watch the video below: our first online roundtable discussion with some industry thought-influencers, all sounding off on the issue of voiceover rates.
Atlanta-based Talent Agent Jeffrey Umberger
Voice Talent Paul Strikwerda
Voice Talent Matt Cowlrick
Talent and VO Coach Cristina Milizia
WoVO Pres. Dave Courvoisier
Talent and VO Coach Anne Ganguzza
Former MCA-I chapter Pres. John Coleman
Coach and Booking Agent Mary Lynn Wissner
WoVO is grateful for the time and idea contributions these thought-leaders made during this discussion. The video is an hour long. We coulda kept going, but I guarantee if you take the time to watch this discussion, you will learn something about VO rates you didn’t know before!
More to come in the near future!