Voice123

One of the biggest P2P voice casting sites.
Summary

Voice123 and rival Voices.com are considered to be the two biggest online P2P (pay-to-play) voice casting sites today, by some estimates accounting for upwards of 90% of the online voice talent casting world.

While there are many similarities in the two platforms, there are also some important differences, including payment systems, transparency, and number and quality of clients. Voice123 has the reputation of being the smaller, more transparent, and open of the two.

Recommended For

Anyone can sign up for a membership on Voice123 – even novice talent can submit auditions. For those building their career this is a leg up and a place to hone their skills, while for professionals the amount of amateur talent is frustrating.

Both sides of the spectrum can find work here, though there is a widespread opinion that these platforms are better for beginners who want to hone their skills and gain exposure, while more professional talents outgrow these platforms as they make other connections.

How To Use It

Premium membership is $395/ year. There is a free basic plan, but you’ll only be able to showcase 10 demos. After that you’ll only be able to submit auditions by direct invitation from a client. Premium membership means unlimited auditions, support, etc. The vast majority of VOs finding work here have premium memberships.

There is a lot of auditioning involved, and bear in mind that many other people are up for the same jobs you are.  You have to be clear in your description of your abilities, your demos have to be spot on, and you have to have fast turnaround to be competitive. Make sure you are prepared to submit professional work.

Once you’re in, research rates a little instead of blindly accepting projects. As an open marketplace clients are allowed to post whatever budget they like, but Voice123 does provide the average price for common projects that you can reference.

Voice123 leaves the payment entirely up to the talent and the client (as opposed to Voices.com’s escrow system). Some VOs prefer to handle their own billing and client relations, though this is entirely a matter of opinion.

Consider Voice123 to be one tool among many for finding clients. Voice123 can be useful, but you shouldn’t count on this platform to be your only source of work.

Pros
  • Possible to get clients quickly.
  • If you have a great portfolio or get referrals clients will occasionally contact you privately to audition.
  • Voice123 has a chat feature with clients so you can communicate with them directly.
Cons
  • Voice123 only connects you with clients – they do not take care of refunds or extra measures to make sure you get paid. Be on the lookout for scams. If it’s suspicious or too good to be true it probably is.
  • Lots of competition.
  • Having less experienced talent swarm the space can be really obnoxious if you are a seasoned professional.
Things To Know
  • Voice123’s signature tool for matching talent with clients – SmartCast – is also the one of their biggest causes of complaints. There is debate as to how useful it is or isn’t.
  • Some producers report that more than half the submissions don’t even come close to what they’re seeking. If you’re a trained pro, that’s potentially good news. Just make sure your turnaround is fast.
  • If you are completely unfamiliar to voice acting, or only curious, this is not a recommended investment to make. VO work requires serious work and expensive equipment. If you’re trying to break into this field, great, but if you simply have a nice voice and want to give it a stab, get a bit of training under your belt before dropping money on paid memberships.

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9 reviews

  1. One of the better P2P sites.

    I prefer Voice123 to Voices by a long shot because there’s no transparency questions. Voice123 is good, but only if you put the time in. Great for talent that’s learning and filling in gaps for some of us more experienced artists.

  2. Long time talent who like their roots and "culture" has been forgotten

    Quality has been accepted and praised by other services. Allowing unfiltered rejections and almost pandering to clients rather than talent when I have to pay $400 a year for a job? Definitely not my cup of tea and a big diversion from their past. Not sure if this has to do with the rumours of them splitting from their former owners, but I wish they never forgot their roots. Taking my talent elsewhere.

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  3. 7 years. Pro Vo. Love this site. Build your DIRECT book of business.

    I have been a voiceover talent on this site for over 7 years. I’ve seen this site grow in so many ways. I’ve also seen the industry grow so many ways. I’m a professional voice talent with A six-figure plus income. I speak of experience and personal Observation.

    The site is perfect for any talent that wants to build their own book of business. But talent must be business savvy and do their own due diligence while doing so. The quality of jobs are here. The platform is easy-to-use. There is solid competition So you must have experience and knowledge Of the audition process and the industry before investing your dollars.

    From personal experience, I’ve booked some of the biggest jobs on this platform. Clients such as the NBA, NFL,Pandora. Not everyone will expect the same results and I certainly am not blind that. It is incumbent upon each person to strive for their own personal excellence. The platform does it’s job.

    Certainly there’re things they can improve on. I have seen them taking action and improving/building upon customer feedback. At the end of the day, every talent, every business and every platform will have pros and cons. My job is to communicate that the site is worthy Of your investment and It is vital to your success in the new age.

    http://www.kabirsvoice.com

    kabir singh

  4. Good Things To Say

    Voice123 is my bread and butter, for the most part. I’ve had excellent experiences with their platform in the past and worked steadily, and still work with many of the clients who originally hired me on this site. The customer service is top notch–the reps are so responsive and caring and supportive. They really want to improve wherever they can. I have only been back on the site for a short time after a hiatus so I can’t speak to the new format but so far, so good. I’ve made back my first payment installment and then some in 2 weeks, so I’m satisfied. Of course there is a learning curve when rolling out a new format with new features–some work, some bomb. But I will say that the Voice123 team is very receptive to feedback and are constantly working to improve.
    The only thing I noticed before I went Platinum was that I was booking fewer jobs than I used to. I believe the new format has made it a bit more competitive but I still did get work, and I considered every audition to not just be an audition for that particular job, but for clients in general. I’ve often had clients write me to say that their client didn’t choose me for a job but that they liked my read and wanted to hire me for something else.

  5. YOU WILL MAKE MONEY

    A colleague recommend Voices 123. I have always done commercials…by “always” I mean since the late 80’s :). He told me, I could “make Money”. Then he started insisting and…he was right.

    I started in August of 2017, I have made my subscription cost MANY times over. Then increased my membership status. Then I dropped another service that was more expensive and delivered only a few jobs.

    Commercials, sizzle reels, website explainer videos (huge market), books (not my thing) and bit parts. There is plenty of work when you want it. And when you don’t, take a day off. I have about 6 regular clients that started with me over 2 years ago, and will hit me up randomly for a job or two. You know what? DON’T SIGN UP WITH VOICES 123…more for me…ha.

    They are quick to squash technical issues and have the best online support I have ever used.

    “You can make money”. Put in the work for YOU and make this fun again…it is for me.

    Voice 123 did not compensate me in any way for this review. I have used them every morning since the first day I signed up. They make it easy.

    Dan Heinz

  6. V123 is probably the best P2P site - try it for a year ?

    It was really wonderful in its early years – overall the process has got better but too many people believe they have the chops to provide VOs and they need more practice … its an expensive place to play but I will stick with it for another year and then look elsewhere…
    Customer service/support has become much better and fussing on little matters and thats not a bad thing.
    At the moment V123.com dont provide any billing services so a PayPal account is almost mandetory.
    They also need to post a thing under FAQs for producers/clients about rights and permissions – for heavens sake watermark your auditions.

  7. Great to find new voices quickly!

    From the client’s view:

    Find great voices for your project quickly and be able to contact them directly – for free! We found many great voices here with which we love to work.

    Great Filter options for a quick search, otherwise post a casting and receive applications.

    Great support! Did some mistakes in the beginning and support helped me a lot without me even asking. Thanks guys!

  8. Invaluable!

    I book 4-6 auditions a week through Voice123, which contributes about $55K – 60K to my yearly VO income. And about half of of my returning clients have come via prior Voice123 bookings.

  9. I find that many offers recently have a "Fixed budget" which does not allow for negotiation. To maintain my status I respond even when the jobs seem quite under-budgeted, eg full rights, perpetual use for $100.

    Overall great experiences.

    I find that many offers recently have a “Fixed budget” which does not allow for negotiation. To maintain my status I respond even when the jobs seem quite under-budgeted, eg full rights, perpetual use for $100.

    I would imagine but would like your confirmation, that I/the voice talent can state their view on this and present my different rate in my offer?

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