WORKING WITH CHLOE
WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW, in 30 SEcONDS?
To quote your job, I consult an industry-standard guide called the GVAA Rate Guide.
Every time I sit down to record, it’s a billable event. I charge $100/round for revisions/pickups, for any reason. Even tiny ones. Revisions are more time-consuming than you think (read more about that below). You’ll find that other professional voice actors with sustainable careers have similar policies.
I can often provide a discount for scripts done in a batch (i.e., all in one sitting). You always have the opportunity to direct me live, at no extra charge, even for pickups/revisions, if you like.
Live sessions are awesome! (They’re free, easy to set up, and take an hour or less… see below)
My availability/booking calendar can be found here.
WILL MY RECORDING SOUND WONDERFUL (TECHNICALLY)?
I’m super pro. I have my own pro studio with the following equipment:
2017 MacBook Pro
Focusrite Saffire PRO 24DSP Interface
Neumann TLM-103 microphone with pop filter (I also have a Sennheiser MKH 416)
State-of-the-art StudioBricks ONE Plus vocal booth
…and I’m a great editor, so flubs, etc. will be edited out when I send your takes.
HOW DO YOU DETERMINE MY PROJECT QUOTE?
My fees are based on the industry-standard GVAA Rate Guide. I can get you a quote quickly, if you provide me with the following info:
LENGTH of each script (minutes/seconds or word count), including any cutdowns/shorter versions
USAGE - for each spot (including cutdowns) [Broadcast (radio/TV)? Paid social media like YouTube pre-roll? Your website and social media? At a live event? All or some of the above uses?]
GEOGRAPHICAL AREA where each spot will broadcast (if applicable) (cities, states, countries, etc.)
AIRTIME - Length of time each spot will be used, if running on anything besides your company's website and unpaid social media channels (i.e, I need to know airtime if it's running on TV, radio, paid YouTube, Pandora, FB, Spotify, etc.) (See USE POLICY below)
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR RECORDING?
I can record one of 5 ways (applies to both initial recording and revisions):
I WORK ON MY OWN and deliver files to you via WeTransfer or other FTP (note that revisions after initial file delivery are $100/round - see complete revision policy below);
We schedule a LIVE, DIRECTED PHONE PATCH SESSION (No extra charge; no special software needed; I give you a call-in number and I record on my end);
We schedule a LIVE, DIRECTED SOURCE CONNECT SESSION (I do not charge extra to use this option, but you must have Source Connect paid software installed to use this option; you OR I can record the session as if we were in the same studio);
I schedule a LIVE, DIRECTED ISDN SESSION at a local studio with this capability (Additional fee of $100-200/studio hour applies).
I COME TO YOUR STUDIO to record. Travel fees may apply (I live in Los Angeles).
When your files are delivered from the session, your project is considered to be fulfilled. (See “WHAT IF I NEED A PICKUP/REVISION AFTER THE INITIAL RECORDING?” below)
WHAT IF I’M WORRIED ABOUT VIDEO TIMING ISSUES?
Consider booking a live session (no extra charge). Working "to video" is a clunky process for a voice actor. Best to indicate if you'd like pauses in certain places, knowing that your video editor can easily create more or less space within those pauses to get just the right timing. A live session can help communicate this, but if this info can also be indicated on the script or explained via email if you want me to work on my own.
WHAT IF I’m new at directing?
Your session will be scheduled for one hour, unless otherwise negotiated. Many Sessions take much less than the hour. Here’s a winning workflow I find produces great tracks. We can do all of the following within your one-hour session:
1. We discuss what you’re hoping to get out of the video, the tone, any definite pauses you might need for video editing purposes, etc.
2. If your script is under about 2 minutes, I might record a full pass (TAKE 1) of the script (I’ll always ask you to mute your end of the line while I record, to prevent the possibility of sound coming thru my headphones into the recording.)
3. You un-mute, and we discuss what to do differently on TAKE 2.
4. We record TAKE 2, and continue this process until we arrive at a full take that has a good tone and most of what you want in it. We’ll call this the HERO take.
5. We get surgical, and focus on individual lines that still need attention. We record a few takes of each of these. You or your editor will edit these into the HERO take later.
6. At this point, we may agree it’s a good idea to do one more full pass of the script, to see if we can make magic and get an even better HERO take.
7. I send you 3 files: 1) the HERO take; 2) all the other full takes together; 3) the “pickup” lines altogether, for extra options (files will be edited for flubs and sent to you shortly after the session).
What IF I NEED A PICKUP/REVISION AFTER THE INITIAL RECORDING?
When your files are delivered from the session (whether I record on my own or with you in a live session), your project is considered to be fulfilled. After initial file delivery, a revision fee of $100 per round applies to any changes or modifications, whether they be to script or to performance (remember that there's no extra charge for a live session, which can be done over the phone in an hour or less!).
Note: Even one-word revisions (some call these "pickups") are still revisions. I assure that your revision is contextualized and matched for tone and volume. Please understand that this is a multi-step, often deceptively time-consuming process.
If any round of revision includes more than 50% of the script (or module/chapter), I'll need to negotiate a special fee, not to exceed 75% of the cost of a new read. Revisions/pickups must occur before airing/use. (I do not charge for obvious file issues or blatant reading mistakes on my part, of course).
Revision to a script that has already run (e.g., updated wording, updated wording for new targeting purposes) is considered an "update" and the spot is treated as a new spot.
Want to be a star client and help the revision process along? Please provide something that puts the revisions in context, e.g., an .mp3/video of the working spot and a revised copy of the whole script with changes clearly noted/highlighted.
I’D LIKE TO TELL YOU ABOUT AN UPCOMING PROJECT.
CAN I JUST BOOK A LIVE SESSION?
Availability and session requests here.
DO YOU TEACH VOICEOVER?
I don’t take private students right now, but I do workshops on occasion. Be sure to get on my email list if you want to be notified.
ARE YOU A NICE PERSON?
Contact me directly:
chloe at chloetaylorvoice dot com