I’ve been a VO seller here on Fiverr for over two years now. I found Fiverr by accident on a recommendation of a “former” VO talent. I started up an account and pretty soon Fiverr was my most solid form of income as a VO artist.
Then as I was doing my VO market research I found that VO artists here on Fiverr don’t have a very nice reputation among the Voice Over community at large. I’ve seen some pretty heated discussions (and articles) where we are depicted as thieves, sub par, etc. Essentially saying we are undercutting the industry by offering our services for so little. On reddit a few weeks ago I found an article written by a voice over coach that (GASP) actually defended Fiverr. He used to hate Fiverr but when he found out that you can charge more than $5 and actually get close to what normal VO artists charge, he changed his tune. I tried to engage in the discussion on reddit but was quickly shouted down as a defender of the indefensible.
I realize I’m probably preaching to the choir on this, considering I’m in the Fiverr forum, but I am interested in a discussion about this topic. Does anyone else feel like I do sometimes that Fiverr is my “dirty secret” when I talk to other voice over artists in the real world? What are your thoughts?
(Personally I don’t think we undercut the industry. This type of commerce is the future for all types of services. We also take gigs that NEVER would have gone through the traditional system anyway. I think the only difference between me and Joe VO is that I’m willing to charge by the minute where Joe wants to charge for at least 1 hour or more. Just my take.)