Do you ever wonder about the digital heavyweights of past years that are still there, but nobody seems to talk about ’em anymore?
E-bay comes to mind. It’s become as common as Puffs and Pennzoil. Everyone needs it, but no one really mentions it like the huge product game-changer it once was.
Craigslist is like that. The free online classifieds almost single-handedly destroyed newspapers’ cash flow. Craig is still there, but is part of the accepted marketplace. As common as credit cards.
Lately, I’ve seen a LOT of action on Craigslist for, by, and from voice actors.
From the many keywords I’ve configured on Google Alerts, I see em ‘all: Voice actors seeking work, clients seeking voice actors, coaches seeking VO students, producers hoping to do VO demos, people seeking voices for every imaginable project, usually for free or pennies. International voices, bi-lingual voices, old voices, character voices…you see it all on Craigslist.
When you think about it, all this action makes sense. Especially from the standpoint of the voice-seeker. Voice actors are an enigma to most. For the uninitiated, where DOES one find a voice-actor? Uninitiated means you have never heard of V123 or the other guys…you aren’t aware of the agency system, and you don’t want to, or are too lazy to do research on Google. You just turn to the same place where you find used bicycles and home repairmen: Craigslist.
So question for you: Have you ever posted your services on Craigslist and found a decent-paying client, or have you ever found a DECENT-PAYING VO job from an ad on Cragislist?
That’s it. Just comment below, and let us know your story.
I’m skeptical about all this action, but I’m open to hearing about a Craigslist VO success story. Please, let me hear a Craigslist VO success story…I guess I want to believe all that traffic I’m seeing is actually benefiting someone!