Agents

  • Carson Wishart

    Voice Over:English

    Hello,

    I'm new to voice over and just trying to find my way through the woods after being furloughed from my former staff job!!

    I was wondering if you can advise me about agents i.e should I get one and if so how do I go about that? What are the pros and cons, average fees etc?

    Any advice and recommendations would be warmly welcomed.

    Very best wishes,

    Carson

    P.S It really is lovely to be part of this supportive community!

    • 20th Oct 2020
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  • Ruth Urquhart

    Voice Over:Scottish

    Hi Carson,

    If you are just starting out then an agent doesn’t need to be your priority. The most important thing is gaining as much experience/training as possible. Gravy for the Brain are a great resource for finding out everything about the world of VO. Check them out. The best order is training (Which is always ongoing, you never stop learning new stuff) / then professional produced demos/work and THEN an agent. But in today’s world agents aren’t the be all and end all. Most of the work you get will be through your own client list that you build up and referrals from other VOs and P2Ps if you subscribe to those. But you can only expect to get a handful of jobs per year via an agent.

    Anyhow, wishing you every success. As you say the VO community is a lovely and supportive one and there are always people who will help you on your journey :-)

    • 6th Oct 2020
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  • Angus Scott

    Voice Over:English

    Hi Carson

    Absolutely ditto Ruth's response. Gravy for the Brain is a perfect starting point.

    I've been going 3 years, full time for around 8 months, all with no agent. I've pondered it, but I remain to be convinced that an agent will bring genuine value over and above what I'm achieving already.

    But a definite recommendation from me as well to build a solid foundation first of experience, skill and track record. I'm also sure that unless you're an established/known actor already, any agent won't be interested in you until you have a track record anyway.... after all, they need to make sure you're going to win work for them too!

    Best of luck.

    • 6th Oct 2020
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  • Tony Coughlan

    Voice Over:Scottish

    I love Gravy For The Brains You Tube channel, so good. Try that.

    • 8th Oct 2020
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  • Carson Wishart

    Voice Over:English

    Thank you Ruth, Angus and Tony for some invaluable advice. Really appreciated and hopefully I can call on you again on my journey. I’m certainly going to take a closer look at Gravy For The Brain!

    Best wishes,

    Carson

    • 8th Oct 2020
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  • Consuelo Cordey

    Voice Over:Italian

    Hi all, I read this thread and was wondering what P2Ps are please? :-)

    Bw

    Consuelo

    • 20th Oct 2020
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  • Carson Wishart

    Voice Over:English

    Hi Consuelo,

    P2P stands for 'Pay to Play' sites such as Mandy, Voices.com etc. I think it should be P2W personally. Pay to Work!!

    Best wishes,

    Carson

    • 20th Oct 2020
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