Almost no new jobs posted on Mandy

Donald Deane
Voice Over: American - Standard

Job postings on Mandy have decreased to almost nil in the last few months. Why? Are jobs that previously would have been posted on Mandy now being posted on Backstage (which I don’t belong to) instead, requiring an additional membership fee to see them? Is Mandy less competitive than before to VO clients for some reason? Other? In any case, the value of Mandy membership to VO talents has decreased accordingly.

Also and maybe relatedly, Mandy recently claimed that some great new features would soon be implemented. I haven’t seen any. What’s up with that?


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Timothy Knutsen
Voice Over: Minnesota

Agree Donald. Postings on Mandy are few if any. Not sure if potential jobs are being moved to Backstage (which I do belong) or simply not many new being generated. Dont know that I will renew Mandy as I have received minimal work from this site. I am focusing on other sites and testing them out as this site doesn't seem to have much traction.


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Roberta Jackson
Voice Over: English

Adding my agreement on the above points, it would be great if Mandy would reply to us on what's happening.


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Donald Deane
Voice Over: American - Standard

I just sent the following message to Mandy through their contact system and will share any reply on this thread if they don't post their reply to the thread directly. (Max permissible characters in contact messages = 300, apparently including spaces.)

I’m a Mandy premium member seeking VO work. Mandy VO job postings have recently decreased sharply so membership value has decreased accordingly. Please explain ASAP the reasons for this and what Mandy is doing to increase postings, to help me and others decide whether to remain paid members.


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Roberta Jackson
Voice Over: English

Thanks so much Donald, I hope you (we) get a response!


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Luis Ramentas
Voice Over: American - Standard

I've sent them a similar message, Donald. There was one response that didn't really address the question and when I let them know their reply wasn't pertinent they said they would look into it further. I've received one job in 2 years and more recently a production company in the UK contacted me through Mandy to audition for a project which wasn't posted on Mandy. I got the job and have been dealing with them directly. Also, someone else suggested to me to utilize the resources tab as there are agents listed that they have led to them getting representation in different markets. I haven't actually done that myself but I will. That may be the only useful aspect of Mandy as auditions are practically non-existent.


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Donald Deane
Voice Over: American - Standard

Luis: Congrats on booking the UK job. Was that production company Spiel Creative? I ask because they contacted me directly through Mandy recently and invited me to audition for a project. I did but wasn't selected. When asked, their rep said they invited 10 people, 5 M and 5 F based on a shortlist developed for a previous project. I'm on the fence about continuing my Mandy subscription which is due in a few days. I may pursue the agent list you mentioned and/or directly contact some of the many (mostly UK) production houses to which I submitted Mandy auditions in the past few years. Good luck in the future.


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Luis Ramentas
Voice Over: American - Standard

Yes, it is Spiel. They seem very nice to work with. I've recorded 4 of the 5 scripts that are part of the job. They haven't finalized the fifth script. Unfortunately, the British pound has lost value in the last couple of weeks so the US dollar payout at this moment isn't as good as when they hired me. Hopefully by the time I submit my invoice it will have gone up in value. Mandy certainly doesn't seem to be worth it and there doesn't seem to be any indication from them that it will improve.


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Roberta Jackson
Voice Over: English

Hi folks, great ongoing discussion! Are any of you represented by an agency you would recommend for voice over artists? Thanks!


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Donald Deane
Voice Over: American - Standard

Here is Mandy's reply today to my complaint about few new jobs being posted on its platform. Their rationale for the low posting volume is essentially low market demand. They are seemingly taking a passive approach to postings -- i.e., if casting directors choose to post gigs, great, but Mandy isn't assertively marketing itself to them as the platform of choice. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I sense some surprise at the concern I expressed about the few postings.

Hello Donald,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us and for providing us with this feedback this is certainly something I will pass on to our development team for investigation. Unfortunately, as we are not an employer or agency. We provide the platform for casting directors to post jobs, and for talents to apply for the roles. Jobs are dependent on market demand. I cannot promise an immediate change, but this is something that would definitely be included in the conversation as we develop the website’s functions further. If you have any further feedback, please do get back in contact.


We are not an employer or agency. We provide the platform for casting directors to post jobs, and for talents to apply for the roles. Jobs are dependent on market demand.

Regards,
Bukho


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Donald Deane
Voice Over: American - Standard

After receiving Mandy's reply noted above, Mandy sent me a follow-up survey asking how I would rate the support I received, with two options: Good, I'm satisfied; Bad, I'm unsatisfied. I chose the latter and gave the following explanatory comment:

"The reply (by Bukho) reflects a passive approach in which Mandy simply accepts whatever VO jobs "the market" offers without, apparently, working -- e.g., by intensifying its marketing efforts -- to increase the number of jobs posted on the Mandy platform. Passivity is inadequate because Mandy is competing with many other VO hiring platforms for VO job postings, which apparently are going elsewhere. As I mentioned earlier, the value Mandy offers its paying members has declined sharply, reducing members' incentive to continue paying Mandy membership fees."

FWIW: I let my Mandy membership renew for $75 a couple days ago for several reasons: the perhaps naive hope that job posting flow will increase in the coming months, to maintain my chance to use the Resources list of agents and employers posted on the website, and to continue learning on this platform from other VO talents such as yourselves.


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Scott Turner
Voice Over: English

I agree with all the above. It sure seems, since I've been a member, that these postings are few and are between. When I first joined, Mandy ensured me there would be many postings, but I'm not seeing it as of this date. However, I do apply to all postings that match my skills and voice, but no response so far. I know there's lots of gigs out there, but it sure seems like it's not on Mandy.


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Mitzi Miles
Voice Over: American - Standard

Great! I joined the premium today and was disappointed in the listings or lack of listings. Just saw this forum, my timing must be off! Have a good day everyone.


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Robert Rhodes
Voice Over: American - Standard

THANKS FOR THE RESEACH I WILL NOT BE RENEWING,IN THREE YEARS I GOT 4 I-GIGS NONE RECENTLY


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