Things To Make Sure A Voice-Over Producer
Or Director Never Hears During A Session
July 19, 2018
By Christian Rosselli
One should expect a certain etiquette from talent during a recording session. The type of pro styling that comes when we do our jobs carefully, thoughtfully - purposefully.
Gone are times when "Ernie Anderson-esque" outbursts were acceptable in a workplace environment - though it's hard to understand how they ever were.
Vanishing quickly too is the notion that a "great" actor requires the space to be rude, inconsiderate, or higher maintenance than those around him or her. To be truly "great" requires an ability to work well with a creative team, take direction quickly and without feather ruffling.
So with this in mind, I'm working on my own Inner Diva Checklist, starting with: Things to make sure a producer or director never hears during a session.
1. My too-actual personal life: "Last night I got so hammered..."
2. Complaints about the script: "Did they have spell check? Basic typing skills?"
3. Refusing direction: "No, I'm not doing another take for safety. If you don't have it by now..."
4. The Backout: "Look, maybe you need someone else." ie., I suck. Get someone else. Also, "This doesn't seem to be working."
5. Premature demands prior to recording: "Can I get a copy of the spot once it airs? I need it for my website..."
And yes, things that appear to be self-explanatory upon reflection are all things I have done.
We live, learn, and try to get as much growth out of ourselves as possible. What I know is that, as a voice talent in a booth, working with incredible creative teams, it helps to check that inner diva at the door.
Christian Rosselli is a New York City-based voice-over talent who voices national campaigns across the internet, TV and radio. He also specializes in corporate narration, explainer videos, promos, radio imaging and award show-live announcing. He has worked with a wide variety of companies including AT&T, Bic, Boeing, CA Technologies, Geico, Purina, TIAA, Staples, United Healthcare and many more. He is also an avid photographer, coffee drinker, and vinyl collector.
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