Would you like to work with Maria, but you’re not sure where to start? Or maybe you’ve never hired a professional voiceover artist before and you’d like to learn more? Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) that Maria receives about working with clients and providing voiceover services for all kinds of projects.
What is the difference between a voiceover artist and a voice actor?
Nothing really – the terms are basically interchangeable. Maria is happy to be referred to as a voiceover artist, voice actor, voiceover talent, voiceover actor, voice performer – you name it. A lot of terms to describe a person who provides recordings of their voice for diverse projects.
How much does it cost to hire a voiceover artist?
That depends on your project. No two projects are the same and no two budgets are the same! Maria charges industry-standard and appropriate rates based on the genre and length of the script as well as how the voiceover will be used. Commercial projects are priced differently than narration and imaging. Maria prides herself on being flexible, able to negotiate and is always happy to entertain low-budget projects for non-profits and NGOs. You can afford professional voiceover! Reach out for a quote for your project today.
Do I need to hire an audio engineer separately for my project?
That depends on how sophisticated your audio mix needs are. If you’re working on national commercial campaigns, broadcast documentaries or network promos and trailers, chances are that you have an engineer on board with your post-production team. But, if you’re working on an industrial project, need recordings for a telephone system or a short explainer video, Maria is qualified to provide edited and simply processed/sweetened audio that you can drop into your system or your video edit.
What does Maria need to know in order for her to consider my project?
- The voiceover budget for the project
- Will the content be used in paid media/advertising or is it non-paid/non-broadcast
- The platforms that the voiceover will be used on/available on
- Any specific timings that need to be hit
- Any audio file delivery preferences
- Any voiceover direction you would like Maria to work with – this could include direction keywords, celebrity references or even scratch tracks or previous material to reference. You can also reference a specific spot on Maria’s demos to match/emulate
- The deadline for the project
- Whether or not you/your client want to listen in and direct the session
- What the likelihood of revisions will be
I want to be a voice actor! Can Maria help me with that?
Voice Acting is an extremely rewarding career, but also an extremely competitive one. Maria does not provide coaching or instruction to those new to the industry. Maria recommends the Global Voice Acting Academy as a great place to find resources, coaching and webinars. Maria also refers folks to Rhonda Phillips, a fantastic voice actor and coach who enjoys training those who are new to the industry. At this time, Maria does not have capacity for informational interviews or “pick your brain” conversations.
Can you help me write the script?
Yes – Maria has also worked in marketing and has done commercial copywriting. If you’d like Maria to both write and voice your script, just ask – she is happy to assist!
Is Maria represented by an agent?
Yes – Maria is managed and represented by the top voiceover agencies and management firms around the world. If you prefer to work through a representative, simply reach out and Maria will connect you to the appropriate representative based on your project type and/or geography.
Can Maria report to a recording studio in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles for a major project?
Sometimes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Maria is working exclusively from her dedicated recording studio. In non-pandemic conditions, Maria is happy to report to studios in major cities for high-profile commercial, animation and video game projects. Maria is able to work as a local hire in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Can we test your audio quality or test a connection before our scheduled session?
Yes – Maria is happy to do SourceConnect, ISDN or ipDTL connection tests prior to a scheduled session.
If working undirected, Maria is happy to present a short sample or “demo” for checkpoint approval prior to recording the entire project.
If we didn’t answer your question – no worries! Send Maria an email or fill out the contact form below and we will get back to you right away!