I have a buyer interested in paying me per completed hour of audio as opposed to by the word. It’s not uncommon in the VO industry and I am interested in working with the buyer to make the project happen.
Here’s the catch. Until I voice all of the various scripts, I have no idea how many hours of completed audio will be involved. SO, can’t charge for 1 hour of audio if it turns out to be 45 minutes, and I sure don’t want to create a gig for one hour and it comes back at 1.5 hours.
I considered asking the buyer to start the gig at a certain amount then at completion, when we know exactly how long the final audio is, tipping the rest to bring the payment to the proper amount. But when I use the word “pay”, I get the dreaded red warning about asking for direct payment. I don’t want to lose time having every message reviewed, or of course, get dinged for accidentally violating TOS.
Any other VOs have this come up, and how did you negotiate payment? There’s just no way to know exactly how long the final audio will be until it’s done.