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Demo Production
Services and Rates

Your voiceover demo is a critical component of your marketing plan. We’ve been producing VO demos for more than 15 years and we know what the talent buyers are looking for. One thing we will NOT do - which many other demo producers do - is send you away after your recording session while we take a week or two to produce your demo. When you invite us to produce your demo, you’ll leave our studio with your demo in hand... and you’ll have a very clear perspective of the entire production process.

VoiceActing.com offers a variety of services for voiceover demo production and evaluation. Our goal is to provide outstanding production quality and services that will get you noticed and get you work. Please feel free to call with any questions or to schedule a free 15-minute telephone consultation. Please call between 10am—5pm M-F, Pacific time.

The VoiceActing.com
Demo Production Process

As your demo producer, we’ll work with you through a three-step process to ensure that your demo represents your performing abilities to the best degree possible. Each step of the process prepares you for your demo session.

  • Step 1 - You’ll meet with us for an hour or so, either at our studio, or by phone or Skype, to discuss the type of demo you want to produce, begin the process of script selection, and start work on your marketing plan. You’ll leave with an assignment to bring more ideas to our next meeting.
  • Step 2 - During this one-hour meeting we’ll narrow down your script ideas and further refine your marketing plan.
  • Step 3 - Your demo session. Plan to spend the entire day with us. After recording your dry voice tracks, we want you to participate in the post-production process so you fully understand what goes into the production of a completed voiceover project. You’ll also meet with Penny to further discuss your marketing plan.
     

Your Options for
Voiceover Demo Production
from VoiceActing.com

When we produce your demo, you will receive an MP3 file for approval, and up to two opportunities for revisions. Upon approval, you’ll receive a master audio CD with your produced full-length demo and a 1-minute cut-down for your agent (both on the same CD as audio tracks). An MP3 file of both edits will be emailed to you. Click here to listen to demos we’ve produced for some of our clients.

We require a personal phone call from you before booking any of our demo or consulting services. The purpose of this call is for us to discuss your background, training, and experience, and to identify exactly how we can best help you with your voiceover work. In some cases, a demo is not the best step to take.

We understand your enthusiasm and eagerness for wanting to produce your demo. However, if you do not have excellent performing skills and a marketing plan in place, you will be wasting your money on a demo. We won’t take your money just because you want to spend it.

After speaking with us — and if we determine that you are ready for your demo — you can book your demo session using your credit card, or on-line by calling us.

FULL-SERVICE DEMO PRODUCTION AT OUR SAN DIEGO STUDIO
$1,997 per demo — You must call us

We’ll record your voice in our studio, or supervise your session on a phone patch to the studio of your choice. Once we have your best performance recorded, we’ll create a killer demo and a 1-minute cut-down for your agent. If you’re in the Southern California area and can travel to our studio, this can be more cost-effective than our other demo packages. Your entire cost for a demo is $1,700, which is about 1/2 to 1/3 of what it will cost to produce a demo at some studios in Los Angeles. Outside studio costs, graphics design, printing, duplication, and web site services, are not included.

DEMO POST-PRODUCTION
$1,500 pkg. flat rate - You must call us.

(You provide dry voice tracks on CD or .wav files - no .mp3)

This package includes everything for your demo, up to 2-minutes in length (1 minute to 1:15 recommended), except your voice! All music, sound effects, production elements, licenses, and studio time are included. You provide the raw, dry recordings of your voice, or high-quality audio of prior work (on CD or .wav files) and we take it from there. NOTE: We reserve the option to decline production of your demo (with a full refund of any deposit) if we determine that the voice tracks you provide are not up to our standards of professionalism in performance skills or recording quality.

DEMO RE-EDITS/CLEAN-UP & POST-PRODUCTON
Basic studio time at $125 per hour, 1 hour minimum
You must call us to book demo re-edits.

We can re-build it! We have the technology! Send us your existing demo on CD or as .wav or .aiff files and we’ll re-edit it, re-organize it, tighten it up, clean it up, and make it a more marketable demo. We’ll send you a 1-minute version (standard for most talent agents) and a long version (1:30 is the most common length for web sites and direct delivery demos.) If you need a different length, just let us know.

THE PROFESSIONAL PACKAGE
$5,000 flat rate — You must call us

IMPORTANT: When you book a demo session with us, we reserve the option to stop your session at any time if we feel you are not prepared to enter the voiceover marketplace or if your performing skills are not at a professional level. If we stop your session, you will only be charged for studio time.

Our PROFESSIONAL PACKAGE demo production is intended for working professionals who want to take their voice-over business to the next level. Both James Alburger and Penny Abshire work with you for a full week to define and polish your style, technique and delivery; prepare customized copy to maximize your performance; develop a marketing plan; record your performance; produce a killer demo; and help with your home studio design. You’ll master new techniques to get you to your optimum performance faster than ever. We’ll also work with you to create a dynamic packaging design for your demo. Please call for more information and to schedule your Professional Package.

PHONE PATCH TALENT DIRECTING
$200 per hour - You must call us.

Demo production is not included

Pro-rated by 1/4 hour after the first hour (1-hour minimum).

James Alburger or Penny Abshire will serve as your demo producer by personally directing your voiceover demo session via phone patch while you are recording your tracks in another studio of your choice or at your home studio. No matter where you record your demo voice tracks, you need an experienced producer/director to make certain you deliver the best performance possible. We can work with you prior to your session, during your session, or both. Ideal for VO talent recording tracks outside of San Diego. For best quality, we recommend booking a local recording studio to record your tracks.

TELEPHONE COACHING
$150/hr (1 hour minimum) - You must call us.

Personalized one-on-one coaching by James Alburger or Penny Abshire specifically focused on polishing your performance prior to producing your demo. Long-distance coaching is ideal for those living outside of Southern California. Telephone coaching is based on a 1-hour session. Longer sessions, or coaching with BOTH James and Penny can be arranged. Please call for full details.

CUSTOM DEMO COPY
$250 flat rate (included with full demo package)

Now you can have demo scripts written just for you! We will prepare the copy for up to 12 tracks for your commercial demo or 6 tracks for your narrative demo. Custom copy is included in our Professional Package.

DEMO EVALUATIONS & CONSULTATION

Send us your audio or video demo for an e-mail critique and recommendations on what you can do to improve your performance. It’s like a personal consultation! We evaluate both voice and on-camera demos. For more information on our Demo Evaluation services. Click here for information on how to contact us.

VOICE-OVER DEMO EVALUATION
$100 flat rate

We will evaluate your voice-over demo for commercial, narrative, imaging, promo, character, or animation. Demos can be submitted on CD or as an MP3 file. Submissions cannot be returned. Please allow 1-week for a Voice Demo Evlauation. You’ll receive a CD by return mail with our detailed and in-depth evaluation of your demo, including our suggestions for changes and improvements.

ON-CAMERA DEMO EVALUATION
$150 flat rate

We will evaluate your on-camera talent demo for spokesperson, commercial, corporate training, interviewer, news reporting (studio or field), and news anchor.

You will receive an extensive e-mail reply with recommendations for ways you can improve your voice-over or on-camera performance. Click on the button below to order your Video Demo evaluation, then mail your VHS video tape recorded at SP speed to the address below. Please allow 1-week for a Video Evaluation.

PRE-DEMO CONSULTATION
$150/hr (1 hour minimum)

In our studio or over the phone, we will be pleased to consult with you regarding your copy choices, rehearsal and preparation for your demo session. Please call for more information or to set up a consultation. NOTE: A 1-hour consultation is included with your booking for a demo production session.

Demo Production and Evaluation/Consultation Policies:

  1. Production of a voiceover demo is for the purpose of marketing and demonstration of your performing skills only, and does not constitute a guarantee of work or representation.
  2. All consulting, coaching, and production services provided by VoiceActing.com are intended to assist in the development of performing skills and a viable marketing plan for the promotion of our clients as voiceover or performing talent. VoiceActing.com makes no warranties or guarantees on the effectiveness of any services provided.
  3. Submitted demos or voice tracks cannot be returned, regardless of format.
  4. All services ordered must be paid or guaranteed in advance either on-line through PayPal.com or by Visa/MasterCard via telephone. Payment for on-site services may be with cash, check, or credit card.
  5. We do not offer payment plans for evaluation, consulting, or production services. If you need to make payments over time, we suggest that you use a credit card.
  6. Unless noted otherwise, all Demo Production and Evaluation services noted as “flat rate” are at the posted fee, regardless of the amount of time it takes us to complete the production or evaluation.
  7. Services posted as “hourly” are first-hour as posted, with each additional hour pro-rated by the quarter-hour.
  8. CD replication, graphics design, printing, website services, shipping, and outside studio time are not included in any Demo Production package.
  9. All demo production and consultation fees are due and payable upon delivery of the completed demo or at the conclusion of the consultation session unless other arrangements have been made in advance.
  10. There are no refunds for demo production, evaluation or other consulting services.
  11. We reserve the option to stop any consultation or cancel any demo production session at any time if we determine your performing skills are not at a competitive, professional level, or if we feel our services will not be of benefit to you as a voice talent or performer.
  12. You may receive a full refund, less a $50 processing fee in the event that we have started a demo production session and we cancel your session after determining that you are not ready for your demo.

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