Voice Over Education Blog

January 2020

Unraveling the Mysteries of Online Casting


Let’s play a game.

I’m going to say a word (well, four words actually) and you’re going to tell me the first thing that pops in your head.

Ready?

Pay-to-Play sites.

What was the first thing you thought of?

“Scammers.”

“They’re awesome!”

“I never book anything on them. What am I doing wrong?”

“Non-Union scumbags. They ruined the industry.”

“It’s the only way I know to find work.”

“What’s a Pay-to-Play-Site?”

Let’s say one of the above more or less line up with your initial reaction. How closely do your feelings about Pay-to-Play sites align with reality? Do your assumptions and expectations match the truth?

Some voice actors assume their only way to get into the voiceover industry is to use Pay-to-Play voiceover sites.

Some veteran voice talents whose voiceover careers pre-date the advent of the Pay-to-Play business model assume that if you use Pay-to-Play voiceover sites to find work, you are unethical.

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