Marianne Dubois, who describes her company as a “model agency for voices”, founded voice-over agency Stemzoeker in 2003. On the website Hundreds of different voices can be heard in various languages. Marianne mediates between supply and demand of these voices: “A good voice-over is very important, it can make or break a message. More and more companies see the value of this. ”
The voice-over recordings find their way to radio and TV commercials, company presentations, e-learning courses, voice response systems etc. Actually everything you need a voice for. The customer package varies from local companies to large (inter) national customers such as Shell, Ikea, Ziggo, Unicef, KLM and Hyundai for which work is done directly or through production companies and advertising agencies.
Via the Stemzoeker website a customer can choose a voice-over himself or Marianne actively searches for an appropriate voice. A recording can often be delivered within 24 hours.
Stemzoeker has clients worldwide for which sometimes large orders are executed. For example, Stemzoeker arranges regularly voices for the European Commission in 25 languages for their animated videos. The International Court of Justice in The Hague needed more than 50 voice-overs in as many languages for a project.
Marianne also has voiceovers that sound like familiar stars in the voting file. There is a video on YouTube with a Morgan Freeman sound alike. The more than 6 million people who have seen this clip think it is Morgan Freeman who speaks. Current affairs also play a role in applications: “After the” Netherlands Second “movie of Sunday with Lubach I received many requests for a Trump sound alike.”
Growth close to home
Currently about 25 to 30% of the turnover comes from abroad. Marianne is looking closer to home for growth. “A lot of work goes via the Internet, where different time zones also play a role. I personally find contact with customers important. There is still a lot of growth to be achieved in the Benelux for me. Internet remains an expanding medium for which more and more video content is being produced. Due to the focus on customer growth in the Benelux, I maintain variety in customer contact: via internet and face-to-face “, says Marianne.
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