Today’s blog post title is based on a lyric from a song for a band called My Morning Jacket. It was recently featured in the animated series American Dad… and I found it appropriate to use for this post since we’re talking about Voice Over community sites on the web.
Very recently I got an the following email:
Meet and join to the better website for Voice Talents
Visit the www.ChooseAVoice.com and meet the website that was build in fit for you to disclose yourself.
We don’t talk only your language, we also talk the language of your client (in english, spanish or portuguese).
We currently have over 2,500 registered users. The project began in Brazil, and is giving very well there and giving return to the registered voice talents. Therefore, we decided to expand, so that the voice talents around the world have the opportunity to have a site really dedicated to their disclosure.
Here are some advantages of being registered in ChooseAVoice:
– We speak your language;
– Your homepage is really made for highlight you, not the site;
– Even with the free signup, you disclose yourself and receive proposals WITHOUT ANY MIDDLEMEN OR FEES;
– You can upload up to six audio demos and up to 3 photos;
– You can register unlimited YouTube videos in your portfolio;
– Customize the text of your page, including the 3 languages supported by the website, with a very easy and atual text editor;
– You decide to display or not your personal information, such as telephone number, e-mail, website, birth date, etc;
– If you want to contribute with us, you have the possibility to change the header on your personal page for one of our more than 50 types of header, customize the font of your name and the color of your page, and have access to an exclusive visitor access graph on your profile;
– Our contribution amounts are the lowest in the market!
These are just some advantages. Visit the ChooseAVoice now and create your better new website.
See you there!
Staff ChooseAVoice dot com
Now a few things kind of stand out about this email:
- Its terribly written
- It has a Brazilian variation (which means that there is a high possibility that the company is originally brazilian… hence familiar with Produlz who own and run voiceover-casting)
- It’s a competitor to voiceover-casting
- It’s an unsolicited email.
Now compare that to another website I stumbled on recently… I was doing some tracking via google analytics to see who is refering people to Taji’s Voice Emporium. And I stumbled on yet another website that follows the same paradigm as voiceover-casting.com.
The website is called Everydemo.com and it has the strangest verification system. It also has a very odd blog posting policy… you either blog or you’re out. I’m somewhat perplexed as to why any voice over promotion site would want to force its voice over talent to write even if they a. do not have the inclination to do so or b. aren’t very good at it.
Now the thing about these 2 websites that is different to voiceover-casting.com is that VOC (voice over casting) has been operational long enough that they have gotten into their own groove and are far better looking (as a site… I’m sure Fernando is a handsome Brazilian specimen but we aren’t talking about his looks just now) as a site than the others.
Not that a site should be judged just by its looks at this point… but rather we’re talking about functionality, usability and their ability to promote their registered talent.
You Be The Judge
I’ve supplied you with the links… its your choice whether to go and try these new services out and see if they measure up to your expectations or if you would rather develop your VOC persona.
In this article I have not included voice over universe because I have already discussed their service in a previous article and although they are somewhat similar… they are not exactly the same.
The Website move
As discussed before the site will move at the end of the year… currently I am testing the new site on a subdomain on my servers. Please remember that once the move is made the only way to access Taji’s Voice Emporium is by going to www.vocieemporium.com