55 Voiceover Marketplaces Online
Tax tip: The fees online marketplaces charge you are tax-deductible.
Sites below are 99% focused on the U.S. and Canada. Projects with multiple languages, or primarily NOT English are increasing all the time, but English is still required in 90+% of projects. Websites that offer multiple languages are generally not the best place for voice talent who only speak “American” or “US” English to find work (clients go to websites specializing in English when they want English-only voiceover).
🔻 Marketplace Types (Click to view)
Types of website that help talent find work include:
- Paid marketplaces
- Volunteer organizations
- Job Search sites
- Casting Services
- Company “rosters” or “showcases”
1. Paid marketplaces
This is primarily what we cover below. Some take a percentage of whatever work you get through the marketplace (ranging from 5%-70%), others charge a fee—known as pay-to-play, or P2P.
Most of these are free. Some that have been around a long time are active and helpful, though generally the most active forums have moved to Facebook groups.
Generally, if there is a charge to join the forum, it is not worth it—often it is essentially a scam or constitutes a fee to put your info online which you could do for free at a free online website maker like wordpress.com. Some forums are a combination of forum (place for people to chat, ask questions, help others, etc.) and a marketplace (place for clients to post auditions for work they are trying to cast). Many forums that concentrate most on animation work are a combination forum/marketplace. Click here to see some recommended animation sites. If you are just starting out in animation, we recommend auditioning for multi-character fiction audiobook work instead to get paid faster for your skills.
3. Volunteer Organizations
You can provide your voice over services for free to organizations like Librivox. There is a list of these organizations at the bottom of this page. We do NOT recommend working for free. People often say they want to “get my feet wet” or “get experience”. We recommend instead working briefly at lower-paying marketplaces to build a short list of paying clients and/or auditioning for animation or audiobook work while ALSO auditioning for work on higher-paying marketplaces. Volunteer only to help others—for charitable purposes—and because you love doing it. One exception would be to volunteer on short audiobook work to be able to list yourself as an experienced audiobook talent and producer, and to gain experience using roll-and-punch functionality in Audacity (or similar software). Roll-and-punch is how you fix errors seamlessly in real time while recording, without having to to edit your recording later, i.e. your recording will be accurate to your performance standards when you are done.
Not a kind of website that helps you directly, but one that connects clients (people with the project money) with talent agents. Your talent agent then gives you the script so that you can audition for the project.
These are part of the middlemen/gatekeepers in the business that make it advantageous to have an agent.
These services are worth knowing about, because if you have an agent, you need to know that YOUR demo may be listed here for potential clients to hear. Here is an example of one of these services.
5. Recording Studio or Training Company Rosters or Showcases
There are places to list yourself that are semi-worthwhile (e.g. ProductionHUB), but a con as old as their have been actors goes like this:
B-movie music begins playing and Sam, the cigar-chewing grizzled old con artist walks onto stage “Hire me and I’ll make you a star, kid! Everybody in this industry knows Sam!”
In the VO industry, the way it works is not necessarily a scam, but usually the same difference. They promote how they will get you work in order to get your money…but no one they “promote” gets any work. Usually it’s an offer to promote you via a “listing” or through their “contacts”. Yes, you might get work from being listed somewhere, and it always looks good, but it’s usually just a clever step to help them make a profit for the studio by doing demos or demo updates for newbies, or make a coach seem more able to help you, e.g. “train with me and you’ll get listed here”.
Often they start by reaching out to you about being “listed” or “added to the roster” and when you engage with them, they talk to you about updating your demo or your training. So it seems free at first…just update your demo. With them. Or read this article…which tells you to take their class. Or they may not have a specific website they will list you on, but they will “promote” you to their contacts and clients.
It’s not directly connected that you have to pay to be listed…but everyone listed has paid. And generally no one is getting paying work via that listing. Sometimes they legitimize and promote themselves by reaching out to working talent who have a strong following on Social Media. It IS a free and risk-free deal for that big name to be listed. Or they harvest emails and send out a few bulk emails every you promoting the talent on their listing.
Remember, in a room of people only there because of money you paid, all of whom have years of experience while you have none, the odds that you look like a sucker to them are very, very high.
Another example of this is they put you in front of industry pros who can cast you. This is certainly a gray area. Some of these pros will work with that 1-in-1,000 talent that comes in front of them—if they could help you at all. But they are NOT there looking for talent. They are there because they are simply a different version of a paid coach. It’s simply another way for their industry connection to earn them money from a training program for new folks. The better it looks, the more it costs.
They may be a decent studio, or a decent coach, but do NOT pay them for their services because of their promise to make you money, to get you “seen”, or “listed”. The most famous example of this are the John Casablancas Centers. (Ask any legitimate agency what they think of Casablancas).
What do you need to get started?
There are tons of ways to find voice over work. But first you need:
▪ Samples of your work (demo)
▪ A way to share your work with prospective clients (website)
▪ A way to record and produce work for clients (home studio)
▪ Membership in a GOOD online marketplace
▪ An understanding of fair rates
▪ Learn about marketplace ranking algorithms so you can move up in internal search results
I’ll cover these briefly in order:
WEBSITE: Here’s a sample of a WIX.COM voiceover website you can create by yourself in just a few minutes. This video covers the first steps to creating a Wix.com website. If you want to try WordPress instead, click the links in the left column at this website to go step-by-step.
HOME STUDIO: Click here, or scroll to the bottom of this post for more info.
ANIME/ANIMATION-SPECIFIC: Check out the these sites for opportunities.
WHERE TO START: There are lots of sites purporting to help talent find work, and helpful forums such as VO-bb.com and other sites worth knowing such as VOAgentalliance.com, but in the list of dozens of sites below, I concentrate on places well-known to help you get work or connect to those that can help you. Note that site owners and reputation change all the time! Also realize that Pay-to-play (P2P) sites have their own strategies, see P2P tips and more P2P tips. Generally, only audition/submit early, when the number of requested auditions are under the limit. Here are two lists of sites if you want to do more research: one, two.
FAIR RATES: Examples • How to negotiate. How much do online jobs pay? Pretty decently at the better sites. Here are some examples with dates from screenshots of gigs after the 2018 relaunch VOPlanet, where nearly 1/4 of the gigs shown are in the $1,000-$6,000 range, and almost all available to non-union men or women. The image below is an edited summary. Actual listings on VOPlanet include much, much more detail on each gig. Posted with permission of VOPlanet owner Kevin West.
To find in-person work near you, search for advertising and recording studios near you. Here are 558 example results from the Twin Cities one • two • three • four. (You can possibly also search for “talent roster.”) Call them and say “I do voiceover and live in the [your city name here]. Do you have use for a voice like mine?” VoiceActing101 also shares many, many ways to seek out work in a post you can read here.
- RANKING ALGORITHMS: When you join a site, it knows nothing about you. So each of the first things you do weigh very heavily on the internal ranking of “is this person worth having here?”
- Never join a site unless you’re ready to work. If you join and do nothing, all they know about you is that you do nothing.
- Within reason do ANYTHING your first client wants you to do, for example, give them free proofreading. Because your first client is 100% of your “how does this person deal with clients” ranking in the site’s algorithm.
- Third, if you are already on a new site and feel you got off to a bad start, consider restarting with a different email and slightly different profile instead of quitting altogether.
But: Every site is different. Some don’t have a formal internal ranking system. Just realize for now that all of the first things that you do are 100% what create your reputation, and your reputation is what affects your results.
These 55 marketplaces were last updated June 4, 2021.
📜 = includes union
💲 = P2P (“Pay to play”=pay to audition)
🚩 = Difficult to get into / pre-screens / special requirements
🎬 = High number of auditions for first gig (200-600)
🦋 = Primarily animation / audio drama. Warning: Low rates are common
😡 = Unethical or unprofessional practices, high markups or low rates
⛔ = Unpaid or unpaid volunteer (you work for free)
Also see “Best Marketplaces” below 🔻
🚩🚩📜 ★ FAQ-Signup ★ New Owner 2017 ★ Connected to VOPlanet
🚩🚩🚩📜 Your agency has to list you here (no talent signups). Probably the most successful site attempting to replace VoiceBank.net to provide auditions to Talent Agencies. Begun in late 2018.
Also see “Best Marketplaces” below 🔻
Freelance Sites with Voiceover:
Low per gig but often high effective hourly, even higher than union for some. Also many achieve $300+/gig averages once qualified • Excellent for getting initial clients to brand oneself as a ‘working talent’
Indeed Job Boards
VO Job Postings ★ often not remote work, VO mixed in with non-VO results
Example gig search result ★ General freelance site similar to Upwork
Upwork clone that started in India and took off. Google aggregates some of their voiceover gigs here.
Best Voiceover Marketplaces:
Also see “Less Successful Marketplaces” below 🔻
💲📜 ★ Improved in 2020 ★ 2021 Winner “Best Voiceover Job Site of the Year” 8th One Voice Awards 2021
🎬🦋 Voice Chasers ★ Job Postings
🦋 Gamedevmarket Voices ★ A place to sell your “package” of pre-recorded voices • low-paying, with no way to increase rates (unlike Fiverr) link
😡💲🎬📜 ★ FAQ ★ Signup ★ Relaunched late 2019. Large marketplace with many complaints, most successful talent testimonials online pay for the $888 or $2,200 membership plan. Assume thousands of auditions/year to be successful.
More tips to optimize profit on Voice123—Audition if:
- Many good reviews of buyer—they’ve hired many actors.
- Lots of auditions are flowing in right away, audition fast!
- Big company (Search company names + “revenue” if unsure)
- Script is well written/flows easily.
Avoid auditions if:
- Too long, stay under 1000 words
- Low-paying. Archive. Maybe $250 for 200 words min. Set it so you don’t even see low-paying ones.
- Topic you don’t like, e.g. politics.
- Several character voices are required (may be poorly funded or managed).
Bunny Studio (Formerly Voice Bunny)
😡🚩🚩 ★ over 70% gig fee ★ Some paid “contest” auditions ★ Difficult technical “clean audio” requirements that seem to change without rhyme or reason (previously accepted audio rejected, then later accepted again). Seems “audio tech” requirements may be excuses for just accepting or removing talent for other reasons.
Voiceovers.com and Voice Casting Hub
🚩💲📜 🎬★ “A positive attempt at creating a new marketplace that didn’t quite work.In late 2020 Matt Dubois sold the failing site to Tiny Internet. Original vision: • Interview 1 • Interview 2 ★ Notes on what went wrong • How memberships and categories work • HUB FAQ – Signup •
Poor reviews so far:
GMVoices ★ VoiceArchive ★ VoiceTalentOnline ★ VoiceGiant ★ Voiver ★ DirectVoice
😡💲🚩VoiceHunter.com, PodcastAccess.com <★ $500 for 2 years to be “featured” at VoiceHunter. Marketplaces created by the radio show and talent agency manager Adam Goodman. Agent required to be listed, though if they approve of your submission and you are NOT repped, they will refer you to CentralVoiceGroup to be repped by them. Studio access and full-length demos required of all submissions. We haven’t yet found talent who have gotten work here, though more than one has received legitimate auditions. They do market themselves to talent, e.g. “we have selected you to pay us money for a listing” kind of emails have been received by some talent, which is considered by some a not a good sign.
😡🚩 VoiceOver Profiles ★ FAQ ★ Showcase for talent trained by coach Guy Michaels, not actually a marketplace open to talent. Read #5 in the introduction for how these work.
😡😡 Actors Access ★ Very few VO gigs listed each year, not worth the effort, though registration is free
😡😡 Spotlight ★ EU-centric, not voiceover focused, and requires at least four professional credits in featured, speaking roles in full-length film, qualifying short film, television, theatre productions or character-driven voice work – OR – minimum of a year’s training from a full-time accredited drama school or university course.
😡😡 VoiceJockeys ★ FAQ ★ 50% gig fee, low-paying, no negotiation, they encourage clients to offer low rates
😡😡 The Voice Crew ★ Site ★ 45-50% gig fee
😡😡😡 Voice Jungle ★ Low-paying, with no way to increase rates (unlike Fiverr), started by ProComm in 2012
😡😡😡🚩🚩💲💲📜 The Voice Realm ★ Unprofessional, antagonistic: One ★ Two ★ Three ★ Four ★ long wait★ low rates★ Example from Oct’2020, according to a private forum post “We have reported the Voice Realm to the Union for libeling well known voices and agencies.”
😡😡😡😡 Cosmic Global Limited ★ Known for NOT paying. Primarily translation services, voice over is a sideline
😡😡😡😡 VoxTab ★ Known for NOT paying. Primarily translation services, voice over is a sideline
😡😡😡😡😡 CoVoCo ★ Basically a scam
😡😡😡😡😡💲 VOCADD / Idiom Talent ★ Basically a scam. They contact talent to ask for money. MANY forums warn against them. The scam works like this: You get an email offering to represent you “Idiom would like to be your agent”. If you accept, you are required to send them $145 for a year’s membership in VOCADD, and Idiom takes 20% of any work you get through them. Legitimate agencies take 10%-15% for Union (US vs Canada) or 15%-20% for non-union.
🚩🚩📜 click for info • Long-time reputable agency/marketplace that grew after VoiceBank was lost.
Unpaid Volunteer Only:
⛔ Librivox ★ Record portions of Audiobooks ★ Introduction for voice talent ★ General FAQ ★ They offer public exposure by listing volunteers in their search engine, as well as the opportunity to promote themselves and their websites at the beginning or end of each recording. Volunteer opportunity types: Reader (voice talent) • Editor • Proof-Listener • Book Coordinator • Meta Coordinator • Listener • Moderator
⛔ Learning Alley ★ FAQ ★ Record at their locations. Helping schools support students who struggle to read well. Formerly Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic, founded 1948. More than 6,000 volunteers across the U.S.
⛔ Gatewave ★ FAQ ★ Record from home ★ Read news, websites, etc. for listeners who are blind, visually impaired or reading disabled
⛔ Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB): www.cnib.ca
⛔ Audio Internet Reading Service of Los Angeles: www.airsla.org Geared to the needs of the print-impaired community, including sections from daily newspapers and magazines, store ads, voter information, vision research news, theater reviews, consumer product information, and more.
⛔ Other possibilities: Start your own online radio drama or join up with one ★ Volunteer to read at local libraries and hospitals ★ Volunteer work list
What About Site X?
Have information you’d like to share? Thanks in advance…let me know! Click the “contact us” link at the top of this page, and I’ll research it and update the list with what I find. Thanks!
Online marketplaces tend to get worse over time. Why? Three groups who want different things have to be kept happy:
- Site Owners
Keeping all of these groups happy is hard. For example, letting more talent into the marketplace can lower overall quality, making clients unhappy, but making more money for site owners (particularly if the site is P2P). Conversely, only letting top talent into the marketplace makes clients happy, but can make it hard for site owners to have enough profit to do the work needed.
So sites often go downhill and then get bought out, reboot or figure out better ways to fool talent. We use a variety of sources, often comments from working voice talent in forums, YouTube reviews of sites by working talent, a wide variety of searches on social media, as well as reviews by by bloggers, etc.