Within a month of becoming a "Premium" member I was landing gigs. For most gigs, the pay makes sense in my opinion (union workers may disagree). I audition for 15-20 invitations a day and probably land 1 gig per 30-40 invites. If you hustle you'll make your money.
That being said, the website is sluggish and is not well equipped to handle the amount of users on it. At high traffic times it can struggle to keep up and pages regularly crash/won't load. This can be a little frustrating.
The payout method is almost useless for Voice123. They take 6% and pay out on a net-30 period. There is no way to track this payment when it is in limbo and it seems to be done manually by actual people. Fortunately they allow (maybe expect?) you to invoice your clients outside of their system. I just use Paypal.
If they had a more robust site to handle the traffic, and a better automated payment process I would give Voice123 five stars easily.
Review by JesseJaimy Alepyan3 months ago
I've been a paid member of Voice 123 for several years now and every year I basically get enough jobs to just cover the cost of the yearly fee. Interesting. Just enough work to keep me coming back. Then this year, 2020, I have won just 1 job so far and after that I am barely getting any auditions at all. Where I used to get many a day I now am only getting a few, 3 or 4 a week. Voice 123 says it's because of my "rating". Which, interestingly enough, is managed by their own convoluted calculations that no one understands, it is cloaked in secrecy and they can't even explain it so that it makes sense. I was recently told that there are levels of paying members that are not advertised. Very high priced memberships and supposedly those are the only ones that really get any jobs. I don't know if that is true, but I know this, it seems like Voice 123 gives you jobs if they like you and if they don't, you won't get anything.
Review by Meldz4 months ago
Love the site and have recommended multiple people sign up and they have! I am signed up for a couple other sites but Voice123 is by FAR a better source for work than any of the others!
Review by Bitlocker4 months ago
This site very good in everything. I'm working Voice over in this site and I feel like with the site.
Review by Hifaith4 months ago
I'm currently "ranked" in the top 20% of talent, and see at least a dozen projects posted daily. Typically the pay offered is a mere $100 - $150, licensed in perpetuity, for 1 - 5 minutes of VO, well below any established industry standard. It is widely rumored on social media that successful users are those that have been on the platform at least 5 years, and having joined prior to sweeping changes made to the site and algorithms in 2017. Since those changes there doesn't seem to be an avenue to success for new users.
Review by Kazungu5 months ago
Overall, I'm really not too impressed with Voice123 anymore. I've been a paying member coming up on two years now - the $395 per year premium membership.
They recently changed their interface and it's even more complicated than it was before, and it was clumsy to begin with... Many times, relevant information is missing from the clients as well - they want a quote but there are no word counts, missing audition scripts, bad links to project pages, etc.
You'd think that the staff at Voice123 would be more diligent in reminding the clients of this. Most of the time I'm constantly having to reload their projects page because of a "Network Error" connectivity message with their logo attached to it. Weird...
Now, I have been awarded work off of Voice123 as a premium member but I really don't feel that I've gotten my money's worth of Access to all of the available auditions posted. They have this strange algorithm which only allows me to receive Some invites to the posted auditions.
And, more often than not, by the time I get invited to audition for a project Way too many have been submitted already. Additionally, I note that many times more auditions are submitted per project than the client requested which I find odd.
I suppose if I paid their higher membership fees I might get invited to more and sooner, but I'm not doing that.
Now, the people I've spoken with on the phone at Voice123 are very nice, but they've never been able to adequately explain how their convoluted invite algorithm actually works to me. Or, more to the point I mentioned above, it's probably very simple - if I paid them $888 per year, the more invites I'd probably get and I'd probably get to audition first as well.
I believe they should charge one rate for membership, post all auditions publicly and allow the Voice Talents to compete for them all across the board and leave who gets awarded the job to the client.
Interestingly, the majority of work I've gotten from Voice123 is from clients who've listened to my profile samples and contacted me directly bypassing the audition process altogether. So, in this regard, I may leave my profile up, but I'm not inclined to renew my membership this year.
Review by Merlon Phos5 months ago
In the past, voice123 offered non-English membership, but this year they didn't offer. And the custom support lady ignored my asking.
The works of Chinese language are very few comparing to English, so please consider open the special membership again in the future.
Review by Cborg5 months ago
Voice 123 needs tweaking. Far too often I receive invitations that don't match what I filled out on my profile, when I signed up. I don't do different voices. I don't speak a foreign language or have an ethnic accent and I can't sound like a 20 year old. And then there is the issue of payment. I've learned its better to get the job on the site but exchange email addresses and phone numbers with the clients and finish the work off the site. You get paid quicker. Until I find something better, I'll stick with it. This is a great idea but needs tweaking.
I increased my membership level and have gotten more work. It has paid for the increase in membership. Until I can find a better alternative, I'll stick with Voice 123.
Review by Akkers Befard6 months ago
I've used this site since 2013. If you are an actor, I'd like to recommend this platform to anyone who has their Audio 101 already down. In other words, if you're starting out and hoping for an easy way to make money on a "pay to play" site, this is not it. I've been on both sides of Voice123.com - as the client looking for voice talent(working at an ad agency) and now, as the voice talent auditioning to be hired. I recommend this site for both parties. In order to be successful, on the "getting hired" (talent) side, you as the talent need to have a good base knowledge when it comes to the right microphone (condenser versus dynamic), sound card (aka audio interface) and last but certainly not least, your DAW ('digital audio workstation' or your audio production program of choice). ie: Protools(typically used by more advanced producers or recording engineers), or Audacity (good for beginners learning how to use recording software). In my opinion, a great yet affordable bundle of all but the recording software program, is the: Rode Complete Studio Kit with NT1 Microphone and AI-1 Audio Interface. You can purchase this on Sweetwater's website for $350. Most clients on this platform, can go through an audition list and within the first 2-5 secs of listening to the voice talent, know if they want this talent added to their shortlist simply based on the quality of the recording. As a client we consider this:
Did the talent read the script provided, with the inflection and delivery we described in the instructions part of the audition posted? Does the recording sound like the talent recorded in a room where you can hear a lot of room noise in the background?(AC, refrigerator, or computer fan running, next door neighbor leaf blowing). Is there reverb?(the recording space needs more sound proofing because of a hollow or echo sound in the recording). Is the recording too loud?(maybe your gain is too high) Is the recording too compressed(may sound robotic)? Can you hear pops (plosives) when you say your "p"'s?
Many factors go into a solid recording for an audition worth sharing with the final decision maker. If you have all your production p's and q's checked, you absolutely CAN make this a lucrative gig. Go get em! I've been fortunate enough to make great connections with clients and often, when you give a quality product with good customer service (doesn't take much - be professional, responsive and deliver a quality product) they will come back to you with more work. As a talent, if you paid for the premium membership(the only membership that is worth it and sustainable.(platinum is a whole other ball game and if I didn't know any better I'd think it's there own internal roster of full time talents, background checked, signed in blood and soul sold. Needless to say, I've attempted to get on this list but it's quite the hoop jumping) Any who... premium members....you receive invites to audition via the site's SMARTCAST system(algorithm that uses key words from your profile that are matched with a client's posted and open audition) - think google SEO, so take quality time to create your profile and be honest in your capabilities - Also, don't be discouraged when you see that 20 actors have already auditioned for a project that fits your profile and you're just now getting the invite to audition because guess what?...9 times out of 10, half of the talents are not submitting quality recordings. So yours stands a chance to stand out. There is an annual subscription fee(currently it is $395/1year) for the previously mentioned, premium membership(most effective way to make use of the site - don't go the free route - more of a teaser) YES! It's worth it if you are capable of delivering a quality audition. I have always made my money back, often times in one single project awarded. Voice123 does not take a percentage from what you make. They make it so that there is quite the autonomy between you and the client once the match has been made, unlike Voices.com (I do NOT recommend that site but that's another review) I do positively recommend this platform for voice talents who wish to beef up their client list or simply want to earn more income as well as to clients who will be able to source from an enormous, world-wide talent pool where you can list a fixed rate to be paid or request quotes from the actors. Any other questions, feel free to look me up on the site.
Review by Anasley Xcels6 months ago
I'm a newcomer in voiceover! I heard good things about Voice123 and decided to give it a try. I wanted to make sure my profile is set up correctly, and rest assured, I had a lot of questions. I contacted customer support, and I was impressed by how fast they were in answering my questions! Not to mention the feedback they gave me on how to set my profile correctly. Thank you so much!!
Review by Cartessia6 months ago
It's amazing the number of projects a person can audition for without a bite. This can be very discouraging. Especially when a person has extensive experience and a huge resume. I have connected with only ONE job after probably 60+ auditions in the past month. So I am especially shocked when I see Brian K with a review stating he books 4-6 jobs a week. Would love to know what he's doing right and I'm doing wrong.
Review by Mizzsuzy6 months ago
The site seems to be lacking information. Its VERY difficult to win bids and the project invites are few. I imagine if you opt for the $600 membership, you would be more likely to win bids. I wasn't willing to gamble away $600. I will stick with voices.com, at least I can compete on that site.
Review by Shewchuk6 months ago
It is very difficult to win work. Many invitations are for a wide range of voices, and so the competition will be intense.
Far too often invitations are withdrawn before the deadline, meaning it is impossible to plan sensibly.
The pay offered is very low for the work involved.
Premium membership is not value for money, in my experience.
Review by Aniubys6 months ago
I have been active on voice123 for many years, and it has proven fruitful for me as a voice artist to build up my client list, with many returning customers having come of it. The site went through some major updates recently and is still constantly evolving and improving upon its functionality and user interface, but I visit it almost daily. Recommended!
Review by DrWong6 months ago
I still think it's worth the investment however, the new membership options are confusing and overwhelming. I am on the waiting list for too long for the top membership program - no updates from v123 where I stand. Im ranked in top 20% but still offered little in paying jobs and also projects that are "in perpetuity" - so my options on projects to audition for are even more limited.
Review by Durrann6 months ago
I am Latin American Spanish Speaker. maybe for this reasons the site has been always helpul for me. I am platinum member since 2010 almost and I got a lot of jobs in Spanish. Between 2015 and 2016 decreased something.
I didn't renew my premium account. Curiously, I received more direct invitations being just a standard member! and most of the auditions I won. Plus, the first clients after the first job just contacted me directly. Some of them I met personally in San Francisco, LA, Miami, NY and Tampa. Some of those jobs were related to dubbing to Spanish. Other clients I met through remote sessions.
At this time, you wonder, is it really worthly to pay a membership just to get more auditions and higher rating? Does really matter a rating?
Review by Lutheatre6 months ago
I have been on the Voice 123 roster for over 10 years as a French Canadian voice. They are a reputable online VO agency, offering a variety of talents and allowing their talent to customize their profile to make sure clients can easily find the right candidate for their projects.
Review by Bentolina Gotten6 months ago
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.
Review by Abira Mandrykin8 months ago
As an agency offering voices to clients, this is very helpful to find voices that fit a briefing quickly. Even though we have our own database we can find new voices with this page all the time.
So often everything has to happen instantly and once I forgot to tick a box and the whole casting did not work. The support noticed, changed it for me and saved my project. Thanks!
Review by Aryel9 months ago
Voice123 is an online site for voice overs, you can register as a voice over actor or a client and get the best. You can build you career as a voice actor and get the best voice for your projects as a client too.
they also have an amazing and fast responding customer care.
they are fabulous
Review by Lavanda9 months ago
I've been with Voice123 for about 11 years now. I have about 200 returning clients from this site alone. Is it a competitive site? Yes. But so is the whole industry. I am so thankful to Voice123 for all of the clients and business it has brought me over the years. They recently revamped the site and there were some glitches but they seem to be getting worked out. It is definitely a site for pros who have top gear and experience. So thankful to them! Looking forward to many more year with them!
Review by Elfrina10 months ago
I've been using v123 for several years now.. even though a lot has been going on around the platform recently, I will always be thankful to v123 for giving me some of my best work. Sure there are days when not much is happening, but I've never felt like it wasn't worth my time or money. I have secured repeat clients and made a decent amount of money. I wouldn't bet on it to be my sole bread earner but it does what it is supposed to.
Review by Katabi10 months ago
I've just completed a year's subscription but decided not to renew (auto-renew turned off) as the time isn't right for me - plus the new interface is awful, I'm breaking out alone.
Anyway, my premium subscription for this year was taken out of my account anyway. So without auto-renewal on, that means without my consent. Which is illegal right? I wouldn't mind if the Customer Service folks could simply act, swiftly and sensibly and just refund me the money. Why it's taken a week I have no idea.
Review by Dadria1 year ago
There are many horrible things about the new site, but possible the worst is how they allow jobs to be grossly oversubscribed. If a voice seeker requests 20 auditions, the system will deliver...40, 50, even 100!!? This devalues talent and depresses the market.
Despite these problems, Voice123 is still MUCH better and productive than Voices Dot Com! Avoid that site like the plague! There are many reasons, but one of the most glaring is the fact they ACTUALLY charge voice seekers to hire you. This is on top of the $500 annual membership fee! Despicable greed!!
Voice123 used to be very good before the revamped site. Hopefully they will find their way again and work through these major problems.
Review by Koraganji Chapouto1 year ago
Have used Voice123 for several years now, and book fairly consistently (once or twice a week average). I use Voices as well, and between the two, this is my primary source of income.
The website overhaul done towards the end of 2018 was such an incredible misstep. Despite being completely user unfriendly, their rating system has been done away with, and replaced with simply a "like" button. The four star system before was flawed as well, but at least it incentivized you to audition for everything you felt suited to. Now it's percentage based. Meaning if I audition for ten jobs that are well suited to me, but only one client clicks "like", I'm at a 10% quality rating. A client can even HIRE me but not click like (many don't use this feature at all), which makes it look like my audition was poor quality or not suitable.
Before the site change I was in the 80-85th percentile of voice talent. Now I've fallen to the bottom 50%. This is because I audition for nearly everything that comes into my inbox, unless I know I'm not particularly suited to it. Their recommendation is to audition less, but HOW can I know which jobs may use the "like" feature and boost my rating??
If you expect us to pay $400 to access auditions, it had better be more than 1-4 a day. Many of us make a living from these sites, and have time to devote to sending quality auditions. Limiting who we submit to doesn't benefit us, or the clients asking for good submissions.