Have a look through this: Thinking of hiring a voice over? Here's some things you need to know
It’s up to the seller to define the licences, in my mind Anything on YouTube has the potential for monetisation so would require a commercial licence.
Google: “Gravy for the Brain Rates” and “GVAA Rates” to see what the industry should be charging for voices used in animations.
I disagree, I’d say you’re going to end up paying the right amount and depending on the talent that could be much cheaper than you imagine. Examples: I’ve hired a nationally known voice to read me a page of A4 lines for a radio station, he cost me just fifty quid, and I had YouTube, commercial and IVR lines recorded with another well known voice for the standard £200 a session plus VAT.
Both nationally known and respected voices, both cheaper than I had imagined. Both were paid within seconds of getting their quote and both were a dream to work with. You’ll be amazed at how happy talent is when you pay them well ahead of expectations, makes me think some big agencies and national brands must be terrible at paying on time. At least with Fiverr there’s no chasing late paying accounts.
You’re right there, some sellers don’t have a clue about usage, but to be frank, some voice over talent here lacks both the quiet environment to record, and the required talent to deliver a read, as for the buyers, I’m certain some of them are deaf and buy audio which sounds so bad it’s not fit for any purpose.
On the flip side of the coin, there are some amazingly talented folks selling their voice here: there’s a guy in the next village along from me who is a successful voice here and in the real world, a girl I used to work with years and years ago is here too, we used to do traffic and travel bulletins on several stations and I know she’s amazing to work with so the talent is certainly here, it’s just tedious listening to crap demo after crap demo to find that voice which fits.
It’s certainly got harder to find good new voices here with the influx of new users thinking they can “meksell” and get rich overnight. It’s almost like every day there’s a new idiot selling robot voices to the deaf and hard of thinking.
Nothing vague in there, those terms give sellers flexibility, there are conditional statements in there which when understood, and applied, are pretty damn cool actually.
Spot on. “can’t seem to agree on a definitive answer” translates in my head to "we didn’t communicate, and therefore didn’t reach a mutual understanding.
That’s the fault of the seller for not enlightening the buyer in their gig description and FAQ section.
Anyway, @chobtoons hopefully you’ll find the voice which is right for both your ears and your wallet!