Its the weekend here in Sunny Cairo and I figured I’d give a few of you the heads up on finding some work through a couple of freelance sites that I know get some low paying but regular work. The term Freelancing originally came from the medieval sport of jousting where those Lancers with no allegiances to any of the Royal and noble houses would hire themselves out to lords with no budget to finance a full time Jousting champion (you’ll have to verify this info… I heard it through someone)
1. Get A Freelancer- http://www.getafreelancer.com/
2. Odesk – http://www.odesk.com/
Allot of you might already be aware of these sites so you guys can skip this posting.
For those of you who have never heard of them … they are free to register and their payment methods are a little different.
Odesk is by far the more professional of the two … basically because they are designed to cater more toward the IT world than the voice over world… but with the growing demand for Voice Over work in Multimedia presentations as well as elearning websites and video games the world of Information Technology and need for different forms of Acting Talent are becoming entangled and intertwined … which isn’t bad for us at all!
oDesk has a lengthy registration process and will require that you pass a few courses (just to make sure that your IQ is sufficient to satisfy their customer base.. don’t worry they’ll take 5 or so minutes to pass) Get A Freelancer is Faaaaaaaaaaar more lax so you’ll be up and running using their system alot sooner and with alot less hassle.
Many of the job listings that come through those sites are low paying and both sites are bidding based but at this stage of economic destitute some people can do with any work they can get.
The reason why I showcased these two specific sites is because I was able to register with them and have indeed been getting work postings for Voice Over work for the past 6 months now… So they are tried and tested. I haven’t been able to land jobs through them… but maybe you guys will have better luck.
While researching for this post I stumbled on a “Monster List” of freelance Sites… many of these are for Designers and programmers… but some might help you get a Voice Job here and there.
The other thing is… if you can’t find voice over work and you have a mortgage to pay or you have living expenses that Voice work is just not paying… then you might be able to find an alternative work arrangement until things get better… whether your day job is copy writing, programming or translating… here is the list:
Of course I am talking to a group of people who don’t have the cultural restrictions that might make you feel that there are certain jobs that are beneath you.
When I first immigrated to Canada the idea of working outside my field was out of the question… I spent 4 years in Egypt’s top Foreign Language University to work as a menial worker or in Data processing. In my culture that is a major faux pas.
But after spending 6 months going from Advertising agency to advertising agency and constantly hearing the words “Sorry you don’t have any Canadian work experience… we can’t hire you” It dawned upon me that desperate times call for desperate measures… and I finally snapped and said to hell with cultural bias… I need to pay the rent.
Of course the idea of Canadian work experience is ludicrous and very xenophobic… I just got off the plane you moron how could I possibly have Canadian work experience ? anyway maybe I’ll chronicle my adventures in the Great White North some other time… but in the end I went to a temp agency and found work as a Furniture mover.
I worked for 16 hours a day at below minimum wage and paid the rent and lost weight … and gained a crap load of muscle. After 2 months as a furniture mover I got a call from a company called Aquent and they hooked me up with some Design jobs and a much higher paying bracket.
When I say jobs that are beneath you btw I don’t mean things like pimping and prostitution… or exotic dancing… I’m talking about honest jobs like busing tables and security guards… Don’t sell your soul or your principles.
Me and the community are here to help you in whatever way we can.
Time to go tickle my daughter 🙂