For the past few years, the Fiverr debate has been huge in the Voice Over community. A segment of the VO community views it as horrible for us to do work there. Another segment has viewed it as a way to break to break into voice over.
The most undercover segment of the VO community is on Fiverr (secretly) but still talks about others tearing down the VO community that is openly on Fiverr.
What's the real deal here?
Personally, I wonder why this debate has raged on. So why am I bringing this up AGAIN?
Over the past few months, I have come across people in the VO community that are have nothing against Fiverr but don't want anyone else to know that they are not against it.
The voice over elite has drawn a line in the sand. They are saying that if you are on Fiverr, you can not be in our club.
For those making $50 to $200K on Fiverr, every year does this matter to them? I think not.
Voice Over is not an industry that has rules that you must follow to be a voice over artist. Even though so many try to make it seem like there are.
Voice Over is a term that simply means that your voice is being used after being paid for by a client. It does not matter the genre.
There are many ways to build your business as a voice over artist. You can use agents, freelance sites, P2P's, email marketing, etc.
YOU get to decide where and how you get your business. Thank god for the internet.
Thank god for capitalism.
The internet. This is why it is great to be alive in this age. No barriers. No gatekeepers. NO BOSSES.
Even the fact that you can set your own prices is a big part of our freedom. Of course, this is where the Fiverr debate has really gotten heated. Pricing.
The people opposed to Fiverr take stand that $5 is not what a real VO charges.
"You are bring our industry and rates down"
Any intelligent person knows that you don't have to charge $5 just because you are on Fiverr.
YOU set your rates on Fiverr just like you set your pricing of what you want to get paid no matter if you are on...
YOU make the decision to accept or reject any offer no matter how you get your business.
So what do you say to someone giving you static on being on Fiverr?
Well obviously, I do not care how any voice over makes their money. If a platform that I or anyone else uses to make an honest living doing what they love with the freedom to charge what they want when they want, I say.
Make your money and make as much you want.
For you. For now, maybe it is as simple as don't ask, don't tell.
What are your thoughts?
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