Tuesday, 24 April 2018

What Do Voice Agents Actually Do?


Voice Agents are often the gateway to booking some very lucrative voiceover work. Here at Big Fish Media, we pride ourselves on looking after our school of voices, and ensuring they get a fair deal on voiceover jobs - especially usage. Agents are the intermediary and many clients prefer dealing with an agency as it takes the stresses and strains away when you have an agent that is experienced and knows what to do.
The UK Market has a number of agencies and no agent should ask up front for any fees from a voice. We don’t – all we ask is that you be great.

Day to day in an agency
Agents spend most of the day on the phone, talking to clients, working out which voices would work for the client, and checking availability of voices for a particular job, such as a video production or commercial. We at Big Fish Media are lucky - and at times our voices don’t even need to audition or send in demo reels. Their reels do all the talking for them and they are booked from that immediately for the corporate and commercial work that we do. The agents negotiate the rate and contract, book the session, and ensure the script is available in a timely manner. We also work hard at putting the client and voice at ease when the voice over recording session comes around. Then after the work is done, ensuring the edit gets to the client and the invoices are sent and paid! When we get paid, then the voice gets paid.


Seeking representation?
We are always looking for new voices, and we have a few shoals in our ocean of voices we are always looking to fill. We have a finely crafted admission process and, if you would like us to represent you, then please follow the instructions. We take voices that have worked before and are experienced. For those that have a home studio, we are looking for a technical ability and sound set up as well. We will test you and your studio out and we have a high quality threshold so only the best fishes

How to keep us happy?
Our most successful voices are consummate professionals, giving the client what they want and much more. They are friendly and can carp on about what they are doing. They take direction, they are conversational and they know how to be patient. So remember, look after your Voice Agents, and they'll look after you!


Wednesday, 11 April 2018

How to select a voice for your audio production



For your next audio project you may often be considering a voice to narrate. You may be working on an explainer video showing how certain engineering products work, or a television commercial for an insurance company or even a voice for a nationwide tool brand. The voice will humanise the visual brand identity and enable your audiences to connect sooner with the brand and product. 

How do you choose the voice? We have over 2000 voices in our database so it may look and sound quite daunting. However this simple run down will explain how exactly you can select the best voice for the best price.



1.     What is the audio project? Are you working on a commercial, video production such as an explainer video or IVR work? If so then you will already know your target audience and key demographics. That means it would be wise to choose a voice that matches the targets and audiences. 

2.     Choosing a voice: Head over to our website full of professional and quick voices. Select the voice that best meets your criteria. Then just let us know and we can contact them for availability.

3.     Script to hand? The script is a useful start so that our voices can do a quick demo for you so you can hear what it could sound like.

4.     Directing date? Once the voice has been selected and agreed upon then you can direct the session either in person or by phone or skype. We have many happy clients that dial in at work, on the go and even from abroad to listen to our voices.

5.     Session style? It works well if you introduce the concept to the voice prior to the session so they can gauge where they need their voice and emotional stance to be. Then after a recorded read through a pause to see if that is the style, pace and emotion you are looking for.

We can go through this all with you before the session as well as in the session. We have been selecting, training, recording, editing and voicing for over a combined total of 135 years so we would be happy to help.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Why We Use IpDTL for Voice Over work


ISDN, Source Connect, Skype, Phone patch and IpDTL. There is a whole list of services that we use as a recording studio for our voiceover projects with clients. However the one we find ourselves use more and more on a daily basis is IpDTL.

So what exactly is it? How do you pronounce it? And how can you make it work for you?

IpDTL is an internet based communications provider that allows you to record almost perfect quality audio in various locations. As an ISDN replacement it works rather well. 

IpDTL is an acronym and stands for Internet Protocol Down The Line. It is a bit of a mouthful but as our voiceovers are a talented school they can narrate the name easily. We have often called it IpDittle – to be quick but there is something to be said articulation wise to actually saying I P D T L. If ever there were consonants and a vowel to make you work the mouth muscles, these are them!

We use ipDTL with our voices and clients as well. It makes live recording easier, clearer and cleaner. After much tweaking we find the best way to use it is to open it with Chromium as opposed to Explorer or Chrome itself. We simply send a link, people connect and voila – great connection, with little or no latency and a much more solid ISDN alternative. Just the thing when we are recording our voice over talent.


We still have ISDN but ipDTL works well for us, our voices including international voices and our clients. Simple, easy and effective and we have been using it for four over years and we find it a worthy service.

Using ipDTL is easy as pie (hopefully not a fish pie though). Simply go to the website, select your best option and away you go. For versatile voiceovers, it’s a great choice.