My New Favorite

I was super excited that Garth Brooks made his announcement that he would be touring once again.  Even better than that?  He and Ms. Trisha Yearwood would be touring together.  This fan girl is totally geeking out!  I really hope they come somewhere near me!  I really do!  I don’t care how much tickets are, I will go! 😉  (Okay…if they cost way too much I am too much of a stingy person to allow myself that kind of frivolity…I just am.  Sigh.  I suck!)

Garth’s comeback concert will actually take place in Ireland, where he will be playing Croke Park, a place he visited and entertained like 150,000 folks in 1997 over 2 days.  He said he would love to come back once Croke Park Stadium was finished.  It has now been like 10 years since Garth performed in a stadium like that…on his own.  He has performed other places, namely his one man show in Vegas at the Wynn.  But I digress, Croke Park is now complete and he will be entertaining about 400, 000 folks when his concert tour kicks off in July.  5 days…80,000 people.  And all the tickets sold out in less than 2 hours.

The reason I am so excited about Garth’s comeback is that he is a true showman.  His voice might not always be on par…but damn, you get a good show.

I love this song…and I love even more that’s based on a true story. Who hasn’t been through this with a love? I know I have…And I love that Garth is so in love with Ms. Trisha. Listen to the end…he’s almost crying at the end. Chills every single time. I am going to play the hell out of this song every time I’m on air. You can listen to me online at TRFradio.com or use the free TuneIn App for your phone. 99.3 KKDQ Thief River Falls, Mn.  I’m on from noon to 3pm, Mondays and Tuesdays and most Saturday mornings from 6-9a.

A Few Seconds of your Time…

I record my voice professionally for any number of things.  It’s my job.  My business.  My life.  It’s what I do.  I learned the art of voice overs, radio commercial production and broadcasting when I started in radio.  I love it.  It brings me an innumerable amount of joy…but it also brings me an extreme amount of frustration.

It is hard to justify to someone who has not recorded anything why :15 or 15 seconds takes longer than 2-3 minutes to record.  They just don’t get it.  It’s hard to explain to someone who has not been in radio or broadcasting that you literally live and breathe by the seconds…not the minutes.  5 seconds of dead air is B.A.D.  It just is.

Case in Point:

I am a freelancer on several job websites.  It’s hard to compete with someone in India who only charges $2 an hour when you charge $30.  Your quality and product are better…but they charge way less.  I have a professional home studio where I do my work.  I invested heavily into my equipment, my room and my audio software.  It’s not something I just threw together and said, “Hey…that sounds good, let’s go.”  I try to record in a completely noise free environment…and if it’s not completely noise free, such as a “hum” I produce my audio to be clean.

I digress.

I got a job invitation on one of these sites to do a Voice Mail recording for $5.  I emailed back that I normally charge $20 for a Voice Mail recording.  I then uploaded my resume and sent over a sample of VM that I actually was paid $50 for.

This is the reply that I got back:

I looked on your work resume and you have did 3 1-minute voice recording at $5, $5 and $6. Are you telling me these job were posted by yourself or not real jobs you did? Look below at the jobs you did.

1)FEMALE Voice Artist Needed – 1 Minute Recording $5
Maureen did an excellent job with the voice-over. I highly recommend her for any voice over project. She is fast and professional. I will be doing business with her again soon.

2) FEMALE Voice Artist Needed – 1 Minute Recording $6
Maureen is the BOMB! She is fast, professional and her Voice is perfect for voice over projects. I will be hiring again very soon!

3) FEMALE Voice Artist Needed – 1 Minute Recording $5
I love Maureen’s voice. She did a great job and was professional and patient. Thank you very much! I will be hiring you again soon.

I’m asking for 30 seconds to 1 minute top of your time. You answered my last ad for voice over for a 30 second script at $11 you bid.

$22 isn’t much but for a voice mail that’s under 15 seconds it is. If you like I can send it using Paypal. I just need this done quickly.

So…my first response was..DUDE!  Are you serious?  You want me to record this job for you and you are treating me like this???  My second response was…UGH!  I knew I shouldn’t have taken those cheap jobs just to get some work experience on this site under my belt.  I knew it would bite me in the butt…but I took them knowing I was giving quality work for very cheap just to get some ratings.

Here is my response:

To clarify: Yes, those are real jobs.  The client had to hire me twice on one job because the client made a mistake in the name of the business.

Thank you for your interest, but I have to respectfully decline.

Good luck!

I thought it was professional and a lot nicer than the things I really wanted to say.  So then…I notice this job posted on the same site and the person has the gall to say this:

I need someone to make my voice mail recording. This recording should take exactly 20seconds to record. This means if this takes you 3 times to get right it should take up a total of 1-2 minutes of your time.

If this is all it took then EVERYONE could be a Voice Over artist, audio production specialist.  I literally laughed out loud in incredulity that this person had the cajones to write the ad.

Here’s a note if you are planning on hiring someone to do VO work for you; it takes longer than 2-3 minutes to record 15 seconds.  Sometimes, a 15 second liner can take up to an hour…yes, an hour…if you are having difficulties with sound, processing, recording…what-have you.  Now, normally a 15 second liner should take no more than 8-10 minutes to produce but assuming that it will only take 2-3 minutes shows a complete lack of respect for the artist.  You cannot just sit down and record 30 minutes of audio and expect it to only take 30 minutes.  Sure…the 30 minutes may take you only 30 minutes to actually record, but that is not taking into account all the extra stuff that goes into it.  To make it clean, noise free and sound full…that takes a little more time.

Generally…30 seconds of voice over work takes about 20 minutes to 1/2 an hour to do.  If you are fully producing it and adding sound effects, compressing or adding effects or music it can take up to an hour.  It just depends on what you are doing.  1 minute of production can take up to an hour and if music or other things are needed it can take longer.  It just depends on how the engineer wants it to sound.  And ultimately how the client wants it.

Ahh gentle reader, the life of a free-lancer is much harder than anticipated.  I am regretting taking jobs that compromised my monetary worth.  It’s biting me in the butt.  Sigh.  But I am not regretting the work I produced because it as good.  And I am standing firm in my faith that this is what my Lord wants me to do.  I am holding tight to His promises that that rejection (there’s a lot of it) and the frustration (ditto) will all be worth it.

Buyer beware.  You get what you pay for.

Mo Regalado Voice Over and Commercial Production Services

Well…I did it, gentle reader.

I started my own production company.  http://moregalado.com

Sigh.  It’s super scary putting your voice out there for the whole world to see…er, I mean hear.   I mean, it’s not like my voice hasn’t been heard before…because it has.  I was a News Director for 3 years…so I had a large audience who heard my voice ALL the TIME when I lived in Arizona.

But that is neither here nor there.

I started working for an online company and they accepted my work, right off the bat!  Woohoo!  And then, my equipment got jacked up and they rejected my reads. (Totally understandable given the circumstances, but it wasn’t until the 2nd rejection that I figured out something was wrong with my equipment!)  Boooo!  Well, then of course we figured out what the problem was…YAY!  But they still rejected my read even though the audio clarity was perfect.  BOOOOO!  I still have yet to hear from this company if they will accept work from me again.

So, now I am back in the marketplace…looking for work.  Taking odd jobs here and there…

So here’s the sad truth: There are many folks out there who do what I do.  And they will often take work cheaply just to get a gig.  Am I to do the same?  Sigh…decisions, decisions.   I mean in all actuality, I can produce a well scripted commercial :30 in an hour or less.  Less talking, means less time.  It just depends on the subject matter.  But there are folks willing to take a 500 word script for $5.  WHAT?!?!?  That is a whole heckuva lot of words for a little bit of pay!   And yes gentle reader, that is a heckuva lot of work too!

I have a goal set right now of how much I want to  be making…and when I should be making it by. In this day and age and economy…is that even realistic?  Who knows, who knows.

Pray for me gentle reader!  And if you are out there looking for work too…know I am praying for you as well! 🙂

Blessings be on you today!