One thing is clear about today’s VO rates: there’s little clarity.
The pace of change in the business is swift, and compensation rates are either not keeping pace, or being re-invented out of thin air.
Legacy scale and historically good-paying jobs still exist, but only for a few, and mostly in LA and NYC. The internet, digital distribution channels, and online casting sites are re-defining the norm, and lack of unity in the trenches makes for easy talent prey in popular bidding schemes.
As I mentioned yesterday in this blog, there is no quick and easy target to point a finger at as the scapegoat. One of our panelists in the 3rd R.A.D.A.R. Rates Roundtable that you can watch below, made the astute observation that the same market mechanism that has forced-down rates, has also increased opportunity.
As the sponsor of these roundtable discussions, World-Voices sees these conversations as an educational vehicle. We don’t have all the answers, but we’re all better prepared and equipped for the marketplace when we know what the trends are.
Again, the panelists for this roundtable are:
- Tim Keenan, voice actor, and studio owner*
- Brad Venable, voice actor and WoVO board member*
- Jay Britton, UK-based voice actor
- Nanci Washburn, SoCal talent agent
- Graeme Spicer, Managing Director at Edge Studio and voice actor*
- Melissa Exelberth, voice actor*
- JS Gilbert, voice actor
- Anne Ganguzza, voice actor and host*
- Dave Courvoisier, voice actor and host*
*connotes WoVO member
My thanks to the panelists, and some 20 WoVO members who were in attendance to listen-in live.