When it comes to creating an online portfolio for any artist, especially voice artists such as narrators, design and structure is everything. Since a physical piece of work that you can see with your eyes isn’t the thing being presented or sold, it can be more difficult to catch the attention of prospective customers. Because of this, we have identified four key components that voice actors always want and need to include in their online portfolios to make them more successful and increase their probabilities of getting a gig. This information was pulled from a variety of resources the detailed the type of content and format audio portfolios should have in order to be successful, as well as information from websites that offer portfolio-building services to see what they include. We have also provided pricing info for these types of portfolios by examining relevant competitors in this industry to see what they charge and why.
Dedicated Intro/About Section
- Both artists and potential employers prefer that templates for online portfolios offer a dedicated intro, biography, or about section.
- This portion of an online portfolio can help showcase who an individual is outside of their content. The capability to show one’s personality, aspirations, and influences can really set someone apart and help to depict a person’s creative and thought processes.
- Weebly offers a wide variety of templates that have easy-to-access about and contact pages built-in. These pages offer a creative take on the user’s ability to present who they are and why they created the portfolio to begin with.
- Testimonials and the option to include commentary from previous satisfied customers is a highly suggested component to include in audio portfolios.
- These reviews can help elevate a profile and verify the quality that a person claims they can bring to the stage with their voice.
- Testimonials that allow users to include a photo or video of the person that provided it are also more envied, as they prove the viability of the content being said.
- Jetpack allows users to not only add testimonials to their portfolios, but also edit the post type to adjust the font, spacing, and formatting within the page to make them stand out more. Testimonials with Jetpack can also be added to an entirely separate tab/page if users prefer.
Simple Templates & Design
- In terms of design, the simpler an audio profile, the more successful it tends to me. The setup should be clear and easy to format, as well as navigate. The more difficult it is to find different components of a portfolio, the less likely a potential employer is to go through it in its entirety.
- A portfolio that is organized within a single page can be great if kept uncluttered, or can be distributed across multiple pages using very clear and easy-to-find icons.
- In terms of order, most users and employers prefer that the intro section is at the top, followed by demo reels (with strongest works at the top), and contact information at the bottom.
- Krop offers more than 30 different one-click templates that are pre-built but still allow users to customize based on their needs and preferences. They also offer many more templates for greater customization and based on the type of portfolio a person is looking to build (photography, audio, illustration, etc.).
- Evnanto Elements offers one-page templates with neutral bases to create contrasting visual effects that are more eye catching and easier to follow.
Dedicated Contact Section
- Employers want potential hires to be easy to get in contact with. Having a dedicated contact section makes it easy for artists to format this information into their portfolio, and increases their chances of getting a job.
- The contact section should allow an artist to link to their resume/cover letter, as well as their social media pages, and other contact information.
- Contact pages that have forms built in to submit a request or proposal are also envious, as they simplify the process for getting in touch and provide users with a sense of guarantee for a response.
- Contact pages that link to social media via icons are often successful since the images are easily-identified by users.
Typical Portfolio Pricing
- Many digital portfolios do not charge per component, but rather on a monthly or annual basis per domain.
- Prices tend to increase based on the amount of content that a user is interested in uploading to their portfolio, as well as the amount of storage that they are looking for.
- The average price range for most online portfolios ranges from $10-$14 per month for 500MB-Unlimited space.
- Some varieties of online portfolios offer free trial plans to get users started and interested in the product. These include Weebly, Wix, and Jimdo, among many others.