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  • Writer's pictureDrew Carpetner

Casting Options for Voice Over Talent

Voice Over Casting Options

Getting Voice Over Talent

Navigating the world of voice-over talent acquisition can be tricky, but understanding the avenues available for finding the perfect voice can streamline your process and enhance the quality of your project. Here’s a guide to the main channels through which you can discover voice talent, each with its unique benefits and considerations.

Voice Over Talent Agencies

Often the gold standard for sourcing professional voice talent, agencies act as a filter, presenting only the most suitable and experienced voices for your project. In short, they save you time and ensure quality, leveraging their expertise and networks. Especially for high-budget projects, the adage "buy once or cry twice" rings true, highlighting the importance of investing in professional guidance to avoid costly do-overs.

Direct Booking

For those looking to potentially save on costs or find non-union talent, direct booking is a viable option. A simple Google search can reveal a plethora of talent available for direct contact, allowing for negotiation and personalized audition requests. Websites like Voice123 also offer direct access to a wide range of talent, though it's wise to reach out directly to top talent who may not actively respond to general casting calls due to their busy schedules with agency work. You may also be able to secure a better rate with a direct message, as many talents are open to a smaller fee on projects for which they don’t have to wade through the casting process.

Voice Over Casting Sites

These platforms offer a broad selection of voices from professionals to amateurs. However, they're often seen as a double-edged sword within the voice-over community. While they provide access to a diverse pool of talent, discerning the truly skilled from the ‘just bought a mic yesterday crowd’ can be a time-consuming challenge. Moreover, some sites have been criticized for their business practices, particularly in terms of transparency and commissions (Cough cough,, and VoiceBunny). If going the online casting route, I’d recommend Voice123 for its balance of quality and affordability, standing out as a more reputable choice among casting sites.

When considering these options, the scale and budget of your project are key. For high-stakes or large-budget projects, the expertise and reliability offered by talent agencies are invaluable. For more modest endeavors or when seeking non-union talent, direct booking and casting sites can offer more flexible and cost-effective solutions. Always approach the process with a clear understanding of your project’s needs and the level of quality you’re aiming for, to ensure the voice you choose truly brings your content to life.

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