Think You Don’t Get Paid Appropriately for Voice Work?

If you were about to complain about being ripped off for a $50 rate for 30 second recording, think again.

We were absolutely floored when we read this story about Mexican voice actor Eduardo Ramírez. He dubs the voices of Nelson, Otto the Bus Driver, and a few others in the Spanish version of The Simpsons.

Ramirez is compensated $20-$25 for his work voicing episodes of the longest running American sitcom, and the longest-running American animated program still on television. His voice airs across North and Latin America.

Quotes like this from producers are likely to make your blood boil.

[quote]“You can always say to the producers or to the dubbing company, ‘Hey, I want to earn this money,’ and then you have to realize something: you are not Homer Simpson, you are the voice.”[/quote]

Usually when a voice over artist is required to sync to video, the fee is doubled. So does this mean the producers think he should only be paid $10, or maybe if he’s not being paid the synchronization fee they can bump his rate up to $50?

We are going to save the saddest parts of this story for you to read at Public Radio International (PRI)

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Do you have any experience working with studios and production companies in Mexico? How do you feel about this situation? Let us know in the comments below.

(Source: http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-01-20/mexican-voices-popular-us-tv-stars-are-speaking-about-their-low-wages)

Kurt Myers

Kurt Myers is an opinionated, social media and voice industry expert. He has been involved in agency sales, marketing, and talent development for the past 9 years.

  • FrustratedActor

    Mexico? That’s the UNION rate for dubbing in the USA. Sure, a 2 or 3 hour minimum, but the union support this and let’s producers get away with it. And by the way, you still have to make the same amount of money as an Anglo actor if you want to qualify for health insurance.