Professional Voice-over and Narration for…Five Bucks?

girl at mic sharpThe post at Radio Sales Cafe, from a Chicago-area radio guy, read:

“5 DOLLARS! Check me out on FIVERR”

Intrigued and a bit skeptical, I clicked on the link.

Sure enough, there he was.

Chicago-area radio announcer will cut your :30 or :60 second radio commercial for only $5. I am heard on stations all over the U.S. and Canada. Lively, energetic voice who delivers with precision and believable style. I have a professional studio — with the ‘tightest-sounding’ room — and can deliver in one day. YOU MUST PROVIDE A SCRIPT. I DO NOT WRITE SCRIPTS. You’ll get an mp3 or .wav FAST! — and ON-TIME! BROADCAST QUALITY GUARANTEE!

Now, I have a few friends who make their living as voice-over artists, and I’m pretty sure that none of them works for five bucks a pop.

I also know a bunch of Radio production guys and gals. For them, five bucks a spot can add up to $50-100 an hour, provided they can get enough work – and that’s an attractive perk.

A quick glance at the voiceover/narration directory at Fiverr revealed page after page of posts from people willing to sell their small service for five bucks.  Well, four bucks net, after paying what amounts to a 20% commission to Fiverr.

Other specialties offered at the site include graphic design, logo creation, musical jingles, translation services, speech-writing, market research…more than 100 specific services are listed, in addition to all the things that fall under the heading of “Other.”

Have to admit, I’m curious to see what five bucks buys in some of these categories. (Seriously, logo creation for $5??  Love to see some examples.)

Sellers of services aren’t the only ones with Fiverr accounts.  There’s also a list of requests from service-seekers:

  • swing_line needs:1940s – 70s looking drawing and/or graphics for banner and more

  • thementalhealth needs:Promote a charity project on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube

  • foxyroxy63 needs:voice over a video in the voice of David Letterman

  • marketman needs:Create advertising video with desktop computer as a prop

  • swg1cor14 needs:assist in finishing a hotel/flight booking engine. Just the design and layout

  • dinobia needs:Create an app for my UK hair salon using AirBop.

  • surprised needs:instruct how to add a border to my page and fit my header on my website

The creators of seem to be doing very well with their inventive service. Evidently, so are some of the people offering their services there.  According to one testimonial, “To say Fiverr changed my life is a huge understatement.”

fiverr_logo-This is going to be one to watch, for sure. Betcha five bucks they’re on to something.

About Rod Schwartz

Rod Schwartz backed into a lifelong career in radio advertising in 1973 in Springfield, Illinois. He joined the Pullman (Wash.) Radio Group in 1979, where he worked until his retirement at the end of 2022. Since 1991, Rod and his family have operated Grace Broadcast Sales (, providing short-form syndicated radio features to radio and TV stations across the U.S. and Canada. Rod also operates an independent advertising, marketing, and communications consultancy for small business owners and professionals, An avid photographer, Rod shares some of his favorite images of the Palouse at and on his Viewbug gallery.
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1 Response to Professional Voice-over and Narration for…Five Bucks?

  1. Rod, I used Fiverr to layout the idea I had for our new business cards. Yep, five bucks for the complete front and back layout, several rounds of edits, and one-week turn-around to get the ready-for-the-printer Final Proof.

    Here’s a page I threw together that shows what I got.

    The work done was beautiful. Communication (all by email) was very quick, with responses coming within minutes at times. No language problems…or any problem, really. Just a great job for a great price.


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