As you guys might have noticed Voiceover-casting.com is starting to attract alot of the producers and owners of Voice Casting websites. Very recently Steven lowell from Voice123.com joined us and a short while after that Michelle Summers from VOplanet.com did so as well.
It looks like Michelle has been smarter about her membership than the other Casting site producers and has read through the Voice over Talent forums where we’ve been bitching about one thing or another… one thing has stood out the SmartCast….not so smart system that Voice123 is using … here is a post from Rich Brennan:
“On March 11, 2009 Rich Brennan said:
Voice123….ohhhh boy, where do I begin. I WAS a premium member for a number of years; I’ve since let my subscription expire, resulting in a free membership. When I first signed up the membership was $99/yr. The jobs that resulted were few and far between; I consider myself aggressive when it comes to auditioning. I currently maintain 5 demos, and as such, I received notices for the categories my demos fit. I’ll admit I auditioned for just about every notice that came by….slowing down as time went by. When Voice123 brought on their ’SMART CAST’ system I grew leary of the term….’…making it fair for everyone…’ (or somewhere thereabout); nevermind that the membership fee JUMPED from $99/yr to $299/yr.
Needless to say, my aggressive nature towards auditioning was restrained by ’Smart Cast’. I gave it a try for 2-3 yrs with ’Smart Cast’, but now I’ve had it. When questioned about the sudden LACK of audtion notices the response was that my aggressive nature made it UNFAIR to those people in my category, and thereby, I’d have to WAIT for the others in my category ”…to CATCH up”. Basically speaking; you pay $300/yr for a premium membership; but you’re LIMITED on the number of auditions you can read for.
I’ve made my complete DISSATISFACTION known to the Voice123 people and have stated that I will not renew my subscription until they revamp their system.
Time to climb down from my soapbox….lol
Yesterday I got this email from VOplanet:
DON’T BE PENALIZED FOR WHAT YOU DO BEST!
We have had several talent tell us lately that, to their dismay, some of the sites they are listed with actually penalize talent for auditioning too much. In my opinion, dear VO gurus, that is insane!
We here at www.voplanet.com WANT you to audition, audition, audition! Not only does it give our clients a chance to hear the BEST VO on the Planet, but it gives you the opportunity to do what you do best…get work in the VO industry!
Here is WHY we can do this. We don’t represent everyone who wants to be a VO talent. We rep folks who are qualified, professional, and eager to book jobs. A good demo is a pre-requisite. If you don’t have one, we are happy to help you get the tools you need to get one. Then, the more you audition, the better you get at it! Doesn’t that seem to make more sense than asking you to join us and then shutting you out of auditions? We think so and so do our clients.
Our job is to market you to voice-over buyers and that is what we do best. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Linkedin, Plaxo, and many of the other social networks where people go to find what they need today. We spend lots of time telling clients about how awesome our VOplanet talent are and how they can easily find and book you. And when they come to our site, they can actually HEAR you audition instead of hearing folks who might have auditioned less times than you. Sorry folks, I just don’t get the reason why GOOD QUALIFIED TALENT are prevented from auditioning on other sites after PAYING to audition!
If you are tired of being penalized for being a GREAT TALENT, come on over to www.voplanet.com and work with the professionals who know how to market your voice without penalizing you or our clients who WANT to hear you audition!
(I’m guessing Donna is related to Michelle?)
Hey I’m all for casting sites duking it out… but VOplanet… before you start putting the smackdown on Voice123… how about you allow people to setup free accounts with you guys? Voices.com does it… voice123.com does it… bodalgo.com does it… did I miss something here? when will you start offering it… and hey if you do offer free accounts… show me where!
Thats if for now.