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Published: November 05, 2014
Meet Redd Horrocks, a Voice Actress and successful freelancer. Originally from England living in the United States since 2001. She’s a featured top rated seller on Fiverr with over 10 years of freelance experience. She’s been selling her voiceover gigs in everything: from video games to phone systems to demo videos to children's books to podcasts to DJ drops to commercials.
Tell us about yourself?
I’m originally from West Sussex, England. I moved to the United States back in 2001 and lived in Georgia for ten years, before heading over to Las Vegas for the last four years. I used to work for the Circus, and now I get to work as a freelancer doing voice overs for clients all over the world.
What is your education?
I have a degree in Communication and Media Studies.
What are your strengths?
I’m really good at figuring out what a client needs after being given very little information. It’s taken a lot of practice, but I have a good knack for it.
What are your weaknesses?
I can sometimes be a little impatient, but if you never have anything to work on you never get to grow so I consider it a work in progress!
Who are your heroes?
I think Helen Mirren is incredible. She’s someone who never seems scared to embrace change. When everyone reinvents themselves, she chooses to remain exactly who she is.
What do you like to do for fun?
I’m an avid snowboarder and I love to travel.
What do you do in your spare time?
Read books and food magazines, play with my dogs, and watch cheesy TV shows with my friends.
What attracted you to FIVERR?
As a voice over artist, it’s nice to not have to go through the constant stress of auditioning. I liked that I wouldn’t have to invest too much time in marketing.... I could just focus on delivering a great product.
Do you work full time doing gigs on Fiverr or you have day job too?
I JUST quite my day job a month ago to go full time on Fiverr. It was a very planned exit, and I’m quite happy with the results.
What what is it? And how did you coped with exhausting schedule?
I was working for the Circus and I was very tired! I worked 75-80 hours a week between the two jobs. It involved a lot of coffee and a couple of minor meltdowns in the last couple of weeks, but I got through it and now everything is working out wonderfully!
What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
I tend to track a lot of things on paper. I keep a notebook and planner that tracks trends in how much work I have, and I’ve just started keeping a “timesheet” to see how much I work each day so I can plan the best times if I need to travel or take a break.
How many gigs you offer on Fiverr, and how many times you have been featured?
I just have two. A voice over gig, and a voicemail gig. My voice over gig is featured, and I was also featured as a Super Seller on Fiverr’s blog.
What is the more successful one, and do you have any new gigs in development?
The voice over gig is the most successful because it is all encompassing. I’ve considered doing some audio editing type gigs, but right now I’m keeping pretty busy as it is.
Can you give us some Fiverr success tips?
Customer service is key. It’s a really good idea to listen to what your clients want and communicate effectively with them. Stick to your deadlines. Work hard, and the rest will follow.
Did you tried any other freelancing platforms beside Fiverr, if yes which ones and what is your experience with it compared to Fiverr?
Not really. I’ve looked at a couple of others but I feel as though nothing really compares.
When were you most satisfied in your job?
I’m satisfied pretty much all the time, but finishing up at my day job was pretty satisfying. Moving on to a full time voice over career was something I had wanted for a while and I am glad I have the chance to do this!
Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?
I’ve had clients that just didn’t like my work and it didn’t matter what I did, they weren’t happy. As much as we try to satisfy every client, sometimes you just can’t pull that picture out of their brain and into yours. I’ve had a client say “I hate this, I want a refund” before, and every so often you just have to say... okay, I’m not what they are looking for, and swallow it and move on.
How would you describe your work style and what would be your ideal working environment?
I try to keep myself on a set schedule. I have my optimal times a day that I work best, and I usually work for two hours at a time. I have built an amazing studio that is really comfortable and filled with many things I love. It’s a very calm and happy environment and I think that helps me love my work so much.
How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
I’d like to get stronger at auditioning!
Do you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?
I think I’m quite good at both, depending on what the occaision calls for. Right now I’d say I’m very good at the big picture.
What is your proudest achievement?
Becoming a full time freelancer was probably the most recently great achievement. I recently bought a house also, which was quite amazing.
What are your lifelong dreams and what do you ultimately want to become?
I believe in evolving dreams. I think as we change, our dreams sometimes shift with us. Right now, I would love to have a recurring role on a network animated tv show. Ask me again next year and it might be completely different.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
Dangling my legs in a pool at the Palladium Suites in Punta Mita, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico whilst drinking a glass of sparkling wine.
What do you think about our website and would you recommend it?
I think it’s a good resource for people who are involved in the freelance community. It’s a wonderfully diverse website!
Thank you for your time and taking this interview.
You’re welcome! Thanks for having me!
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