Now hear this! If you’re a musician, band, sound engineer, or sound recording enthusiast, you can earn real part-time or full-time passive income as a feelance microstock artist. Produce music loops, scores, songs, jingles, stingers, rhythms, sound effects, voice plays, vignettes… the content is only limited by your skill and creativity.
This is a very low overhead business opportunity. There is no cost to sign up with a microstock agency. The only cost is your time, your music and/or recording equipment, and a computer and editing software to process and upload your audio.
Microstock audio clips are used by producers to assemble into their creative works. Commercial scores, presentation music, jingles, stingers, bed music, loops, sound effects. A quick look at one istock photo micro stock audio site will show you just how varied the material can be.
You make or record your audio, upload it to your agency, and add keywords and categories. Your agency then goes to work selling your audio all around the world 24/7. They handle all of your transactions and send the audio to the buyer… and you get your commission. The trick is to produce great audio – audio that is well produced and useful for a variety of buyers.
Who Can Participate In Microstock Audio?
Musicians and Bands -Solo artists or groups that write their own original music can participate (or perform public domain music). Choose a niche for your music and start producing. Learning how to create musical clips that can loop or be reassembled into variable lengths is a plus. Record. Produce. Upload. Done.
Voice Talent – If you have a ‘commercial’ voice repertoire, you should look into selling microstock vignettes. Reproducing the things we hear people say each day can save a producer the time and cost of hiring talent to produce the same audio clip. From recording common phrases in your accent and language, like “How may I help you?” to full vignettes, like a 911 call, voice on a loudspeaker, or background voices.
Sound Effects Artists – Sound effects have been a big market in the movie, television, and video production industry for decades. As the number of produced videos explodes, the market for sound EFX, foley, and background sounds is growing rapidly. With microstock agencies, YOU can be making recurring passive income 24/7 with your sound effects. Unlike producing a SFX CD, you can upload them as you create them and start earning right away. Over time, build your portfolio of great sound effects, foley, and backgrounds.
Recording Enthusiasts – If you’re a recording enthusiast, you’ve got the equipment and knowledge to make clean recordings. If you’re interested, you can take your rig into the field and get great natural background audio, urban and rural sounds, and everyday sounds all around you. Or link up with a musical or voice talent. Together you can take your recordings to the next level. Either way, starting your own microstock business can mean establishing a passive income stream from building on talents you already have.
Micro Stock Photo & Video Contributors – Huh? Photographers and videographers? Right! You’re out in the field shooting photos and videos on a regular basis. Photographers, carrying a simple pocket recording device to your shoots can allow you to capture unique audio before, during, and after your shoots. Videographers, you’re already recording audio on your rig! Consider rescreening that sound for contribution to audio stock sites. Expanding the value of your current work can be a boost to your microstock sales.
Other Audio Pros – Singers, songwriters, amateur musicians, movie score composers & arrangers, vocal impressionists, voice over talent, travelers.
Your Next Step
So you’re interested in giving microstock audio a try. What’s your next step?
Everything Microstock is dedicated to helping people, just like you, start and grow their own microstock business. We share our experiences, collect and create resources, answer your questions, and offer coaching to help you at all stages of your business growth. To start your journey with microstock: