Re: Taking a slightly different tone

Subject: Re: Taking a slightly different tone
From: "Karen L. Zorn" <k -dot- zorn -at- zorntech -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2009 11:32:15 -0700

We use professional voice talent for eLearning audio tracks. Although the quoted rate is at first off putting, the talent has the equipment and experience so in the end the bill is not that bad.

Quoted range:

$150-200 for first 30 minutes, regardless. $150-200/hr after that. I don't think we've paid more than $300 in the last 4 years for a 5 module course. You do have to listen to the tracks, voice talent are human and mistakes are made.

Karen L. Zorn
ZornTech LLC
Mesa, AZ

A comfortable 90* today


This post may be a waste of time but I can't think of anyone better to
ask...

I've been asked to provide a quote for doing some voice recording work, for
a company that is fielding some web-distributed training. I'm told it would
probably be about 8 hours' work.

I have gone online and researched the going rates for voice work, and they
are frightening. Apparently it's normal to charge by the *second* at rates
like $200 for a 30-second gig. I and the people doing the training materials
have no experience in this and I'm pretty sure asking for $100 for each 15
seconds is a good way to scare them off.

So, what do you think would be a good rate? This came to me through a
friend who is working form that company as a technical writer, and most
likely the company is thinking of paying for the voice work in the same
manner as her. They're probably thinking of an hourly rate in the same
neighborhood. If I got a new gig as a tech writer I certainly wouldn't be
making money by the second on it, and I have nothing better to do right now.

I have to get back to them by 3 this afternoon, so if you open this message
for the first time after that, you may as well not waste your time replying.
Unless you just feel like throwing something out on general
Friday-whathtebleep principles.




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