If you’re into the idea of doing voiceover or character acting, there are a few online platforms that can help.
When we talk about character acting as a side hustle, we’re talking about playing characters like Snow White. It may not be the type of acting that will get you listed on IMDB. But it can be a very lucrative side hustle.
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That said, here are two platforms that can help you market yourself for voiceover or character acting jobs.
Fiverr is a freelance marketplace where voice-over artists can find a lot of success.
The site is not exclusively for voice over actors. It allows you to offer pretty much any service. There are web designers; graphic designers; actors; animators and editors — not to mention people willing to endorse your product or make silly videos.
Freelancers who list their services here set their own rates and terms. They pay a 20% commission to the site to compensate it for providing marketing and collection services. Where the site started out as a low-rent way to get services done, it’s become a freelancer-friendly marketplace for remote services. One hotspot is voiceover work.
So, let’s say you want to list your voice-over acting service here. You set up a profile, ideally with a few audio tapes, explaining what you do and what makes you special. Maybe you can do accents; have a particularly calming voice or can talk a mile a minute. Explain. And then create an offer.
What’s an offer? It’s a well-defined set priced service package. For instance: I will do a voice-over of up to 100 words, with a British accent, for $50. Or, I will do a 30-second voice-over audio for your site video, for $100. You also say when the job can be delivered
Buyers view these offers and buy them like they would a breakfast cereal. They know what they’re getting; and when they’re getting it. They pay the site; you deliver the voice over; the site pays you for the service (minus a transaction fee); you both rate each rate each other.
Buyers range from advertising firms to website owners.
The key to making Fiverr profitable as a freelancer is to be very specific about designing your voiceover “package.”
Successful voice over artists limit the number of words; the type of use (personal vs. commercial, for instance); and the number of revisions you’re willing to do for free. Additional words; a more expansive license to use your creativity; and other bells and whistles can be added to the job for an extra fee.
Would you be willing to play Snow White or Spiderman to make a few bucks?
Character actors are in great demand for children’s birthday parties and for some corporate events and often charge more than $100 an hour for their services.
A site called BeeBizy can help you book this type of gig. You set your own rates and availability. The site simply takes a commission if it helps you find work. Learn more about BeeBizy here.