Randye Kaye has over 20 years of experience as a voice talent, stage/TV/film actress, and radio personality, with a long list of major clients.
She brings years of acting and improv experience to your commercial - as spokesperson or character – and provides a warm, rich, smooth, intelligent and expressive voice for your website, e-learning tutorial, IVR, on-hold message, promo/imaging, industrial narration, audiobook (children, adults), science/medical/technical instruction, video game, travel/real estate/museum tour, or event.
Randye has been heard on major radio stations as Morning Drive sidekick, PM Drive Personality, news director, and NPR classical music host, but now focuses on Voiceover work full-time. She is also a Voiceover coach with Edge Studio in New York, Connecticut and the virtual world.
Randye's Voiceover Specialties
World-renowned female voice talent for business and beyond!
Corporate Narrations • Medical Narrations • Documentary • Radio/TV commercials • Audiobooks – Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children • Website Audio • e-Learning, Tutorials • Virtual Tours, Museum, Real Estate, etc. • Telephone: IVR, On-Hold message • Video Game voices, Animation
Frequently Asked Questions
And the answers, too, of course!
Q. Your studio or my place? What’s in your studio?
My home studio in Connecticut provides clean sound and great turnaround time (often within 24 hours).
Delivery: mp3 by e-mail, wav/aif files via FTP, etc. CD's via mail.
Equipment: Neumann TLM 103; Mackie Mixer; Edirol Interface; Adobe Audition; phone patch
SourceConnect/ISDN available with 24 hours notice.
Rather work live and in person? I love that! I live within traveling distance of New York City, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, and will travel to any studio anywhere to record if arrangements are agreed upon in advance.
Q. What does a Professional Voice Talent provide for me?
First of all, a Pro VO Talent knows how to communicate your copy, not just “read” it. That makes a huge difference to your project, or your brand image. For instance, the first impression customers will have of your product or company will often be the voice they hear representing it: on the phone, in a commercial, on a tutorial, on the web, etc. I know the guy next door, or perhaps your cousin, has a nice voice and can read words –but usually that is not enough. We are trained to bring words to life, and to love the challenge!
In our home studios, we provide even more services for you. Here’s how it goes if you’re my “virtual” client. After you send me your script, here’s what I do:
1) Review the text and make sure all technical terms/pronunciations are accurate
2) Confirm with you the desired tone of delivery (Formal? Conversational? Upbeat? Etc)
3) Set up the audio files
4) Record, always doing multiple takes to get the best selection
5) Edit for best takes, flow and consistency
6) Clean up breaths and other unwanted sounds
7) Final output preparation
8) Review the entire recording and name the file or files
9) Convert files to format of your choice and send to you
Q. What are your rates?
The best way for us to work together is for you to tell me a little more about your project. Rates vary depending on number and frequency of projects, usage (broadcast or not? How long will it be used, and in what market?), etc. and I’m always happy to confirm a price in advance that's acceptable to both of us.
I’m a professional Voice Talent, and my rates are in line with the value you’ll get from my skill and experience; However, know that I will do my best to work within your budget, so just send me an e-mail and we’ll take it from there. If you prefer, please contact one of my regional agents and they’ll be happy to handle negotiations. Thanks!
Q. What do you need from me to get started?
After we’ve agreed to work together (yay!), here’s what we need: Please email or fax me clear, easy to read copy with any pronunciations you think I might need to know. For example, preferred pronunciations of medical and scientific terms, acronyms, names, towns, and street names (if particularly difficult). You can give me the phonetic spelling in parentheses next to the word or at the bottom of the page of copy.
If the copy (or a portion of the copy) has to fill a specific number of seconds or minutes, it helps to let me know the exact time. Note: Please be realistic about times, especially for commercials. Many clients try to cram too much info into a :30 or :60, and as a result, a lot of the info is lost because the listener’s brain has no time to absorb it! If you read your copy out loud before sending it to me, at a rate that allows for comprehension, we’ll save a lot of e-mailing about script changes. Format: Please let me know if you would like me to record your copy as an mp3, wav or aiff file, etc. I will send one file per project, unless you need me to separate into smaller files (e.g. one per slide, or for e-learning), at an additional rate of $1 per separated file. I can send short mp3 files to you directly by e-mail, and any longer files (wav, aif, etc.) via YouSendIt, an FTP site that sends you the link for download.
Q. How quickly will you get my job done?
As a full-time Voice Talent, I can often provide 24-hour turnaround- but not always. Sometimes projects are in the pipeline ahead of yours, but I will always give you an accurate timeline for completion of yours. If you have a VO crisis, I’ll try to help you if I can.
Q. Can you provide a custom demo?
Sure! Just send me your script with some idea of the tone and tempo you think you’d like and I’ll record a bit of it for you. I may read it a couple of ways for good measure, so you can hear some choices for delivery tone. Every voice is unique, so if I’m not quite right for your current project, I might be able to steer you toward someone who is. Hopefully we’ll have established a connection for future projects, and thanks for playing!
Q. What about revisions?
Although we’ll agree on as much as possible (script, tone, pronunciations, etc.) in advance, stuff happens. If it’s my error, of course I will happily re-record corrections at no extra charge. However, if the client has decided to change the script or revise the overall approach within 30 days after completion of the project, these revisions are usually charged at 50% of the original rate. Just ask for details for your project. Your satisfaction is always 100% guaranteed!
Q. Can I listen in while you record?
Sure, if you want to. If we meet at an outside studio, often the client is there in person or on the phone. In my home studio, I can include you on the session via Skype or phone patch. Most clients prefer to just agree on the tone and then have me to record on my own and send for final approval; some like to listen in on part (or all) of the session.
Q. How does payment work?
For individual projects: After you’ve received your files and are happy, you’ll get a QuickBooks invoice from me by e-mail. You can then pay via Paypal or by check, within 30 days unless other arrangements have been made in advance. In some cases - such as particularly large projects - a 50% deposit may be required before starting work on your script.
A word about retainers: if you’d like to use my VO services for ongoing projects such as imaging, IVR messages or promos, I am available to work on a monthly retainer basis at surprisingly affordable rates. Just ask!
Q. Do you coach VoiceOver?
Yes, usually for Edge Studio - where you’ll find incredible resources to begin or further your career - but I also offer private sessions for specific purposes. VO talents always keep learning to stay fresh, and we often coach each other!
Q. What about your other related services?
I can add music and sound effects for an additional fee, or recommend great folks who specialize in production for more complex projects. Ditto for helping you reword your script - some of my ESL clients utilize my services to improve the copy. I can also sing to a music track you send me, or “announce” at your event live and in person instead of pre-recorded. I clean up pretty well when I leave the studio. Yeah, there’s a real picture of me somewhere on this website!