Unlike the CEO of another online P2P (whose name shall not be mentioned), Rolf is often an honored guest at voice over conferences and podcasts.
I saw Rolf once at VO Atlanta. I said “Hi” to him in the hallways of the hotel. He smiled a smile of recognition as he passed me, and that was that. I wasn’t going to run after him in my yellow clogs.
Maybe someone had told him not to engage with me, as I am known for being critical of outfits like the one Rolf is running. That would be weird, though, because on stage Rolf does not shy away from critical questions. He seems to be listening carefully, and he engages in discussions, but in the end I get the impression that V123 hasn’t changed much for the better, since Rolf took over. Prove me wrong in the comments!
What an insult to the good people of Hawaii to invite a Dutchman for this job! And this is just ONE example of the many ridiculous invites V123 sends me throughout the year (and I’m not the only one who gets these emails). They’re supposed to be a voice over matchmaker, so why are they constantly offering mismatches?
You know what the idea behind these invites is, don’t you?
The idea is to show non-paying members that V123 is a good marketplace to find fitting voice over work, and doing this so convincingly, that you sign up for the recommended tier of $395 a year. Or, if you want to splurge, you can fork over $4,950 for a Platinum plan. What does that kind of cash get you, you may wonder?
This is what you pay for:
Triple the number of audition invitations (compared to what a $395 p/y paying member receives), up to 8,542 search appearances (compared to 77), and you compete with up to 88 voice actors (as compared to 3,186).
Who says that money can’t buy privilege?
Now, if V123’s algorithm presents me with stupid matches like the Hawaiian one, why should I have any faith in the system once I’m a full-paying member? The trouble is that all these P2P’s (with the exception of Bodalgo), are trying to seduce you and me by showing us how many opportunities we are missing. They create a sad state of FOMO.
But once they’ve got your money, you’ll find out what the real deal is, and the ‘amazing opportunities’ melt away like snow on a warm day.
But you know what? As soon as it’s time to renew your membership for another year, they’ll throw you a couple of bones to give you the impression that’s it’s worthwhile to stay a paying member.
Are you still falling for these cheap sales tactics?
I’d rather save my money, and book a trip to Hawaii! Perhaps that’s where I’ll meet Alex Torrenegra, the founder of V123. And when I do, I’ll ask him:
“If Voice123 was such a success, why on earth did you sell the business?”
Speaking of Hawaii, I suddenly understand why they asked me to audition for that Voice123 job. It must have to do with that IHOP commercial I voiced a few years ago…