Two days ago we sent our monthly newsletter including the article
“Should I hire a union or a non-union talent?". Unfortunately, the last paragraph of the article contained a phrase that we failed to write properly and we confused many of you. The phrase is:
“Most post-production work is not regulated by unions. As such, rates of post production work will always depend on the agreement you reach with the voice producer.”
This is what we actually meant:
“Some voice over talents can also do post production work themselves (like adding background music, special effects, etc) so that you save time and money. We call these talents ‘voice producers’. Most of this type of of post-production work is not regulated by unions. As such, rates of post production work will always depend on the agreement you reach with the voice producer.”
Where is the confusion? Some people understood that after the recording is done and you do post-production, unions would not ask you -the voice seeker- to pay additional fees. This is usually called "buyout". That is not what we meant. Unions, in fact, commonly have fee structures where you pay depending on the usage and distribution of the produced audio after the recording has been done.
Please accept our apologies for the misunderstanding.
PS. Many voice seekers like you asked us for an updated rate guide for non-union work after they read this article. During the next few days we will be sending a price survey to our non-union talent database (more than 40,000 talents). In our next newsletter we will publish the updated Non-Union Work Rate Guide.