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Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Voice actors make good money making the right noises
By Miguel R. Camus

In the Philippines, a name that has become synonymous with voice-overs is CreatiVoices Productions. It is a four-year-old company cofounded by Pocholo “Voicemaster” Gonzales himself, a long-time voice actor.

Doing voice-overs has grown into a lucrative part-time industry due to the continuing expansion of the electronic media. “Before, the voice acting was just for radio,” says Gonzales. “Now there’s also the internet, PodCasts, video games, and cartoons and TV show dubbings.”

The most popular of these voice-over applications, he says, are audiobook recordings, animations or TV show dubbings, original content (pre-voice recording), and radio and TV advertisements. Voice-over talents who are paid on a per-project basis can actually earn some P30,000 to P50,000 for doing audiobooks alone which are mostly textbook translation; about P10,000 to P20,000 for radio and television advertisements; P500 to P1,000 per episode for anime and soap opera dubbings, and up to P30,000 for original content creation.

So how does one get into the Voice-over business?

Gonzales says that voice-over training is a prerequisite no matter how good the aspiring voice talent is, and he emphasizes that doing voice-overs is not just a hobby but an art and a profession. Indeed, this was why Gonzales decided in 2007 to put up the Philippine Center for Voice Acting, the first and only professional voice acting school in the Philippines. He established CreatiVoices himself with an initial capital of only P20,000 but it has become almost an industry by itself.

As the training arm of CreatiVoices, the center conducts a two-month voice acting program for a selected number of students using modules imported from the United States. The P8,000-program consists of once-a-week classes and runs four times a year, with classes that start in January, April, July, and October. The center has five instructors, all respected voice-over industry veterans. “When you train with us, in one day I can make you create 20 voices,” says Gonzales.

He says that although the center does not guarantee voice-over jobs to students who finish the program, it gives them support in landing voice-over contracts. In fact, almost a quarter of his stable 400 local voice-over talents, graduates of the program and a lot of his talents find work in other voice-over companies.

He explains the industry practice, “Even among my talents, there are no exclusive contracts. In my own case, I’m not exclusive to my own company; I work with different recording studios as well.” Considering that projects don’t come regularly, he also cautions voice-over talents to treat doing voice-overs strictly as a “sideline” profession.

Active in the industry for over 15 years now, Gonzales has done voice-over projects for hundreds of radio and TV commercials for practically all of the telecommunication companies, fast food chains, beverage companies, financial institutions, and government agencies as well as politicians on the campaign trail.

Some of his students at CreatiVoices have done very well themselves upon finishing its voice-over training program.

For instance, Jo Carol Fernandez, 18, communications sophomore at the Miriam College in Quezon City, has done many voice-over projects for anime shows since finishing the training. She says she dubbed voices for major characters in the shows Bokura Ga Ita(26 episodes) and Negima as well as for other projects outside CreatiVoices.

On the other hand, Mark B. Aragona, 30, writer and financial consultant, received an offer todo three advertisements for a large telecom company barely a month after finishing his voice-over training. “Let’s just say I made five times my investment for those ads,” he says.

Aragona likes the fact that doing voice-overs is very flexible in terms of time. Although some projects can take up to an hour, he says, doing 15 minutes of voice-over work for an advertisement is already long.

Voice actors like Fernandez and Aragona are able to cultivate and hone their talent for professional voice-over work through CreatiVoices, which has since grown into an agency with 10 fulltime staff and some 500 local and international on-call voice actors. The company has not only given the voice-over industry a common face but now also enjoys instant recognition as the industry leader.

Says Gonzales of people wanting to go into doing voice-overs: “If you have a job, and if you’re really good and I want you to take the character, I will wait for you.” And he tells aspiring talents to see doing voice-overs not just as another job but also as a way of having fun, like what he himself does. “I just doing what I want to do,” he says. “This is not work; I’m just playing.”


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