HUMOR (SORT OF ...)
What's The Strangest VO Request
You've Received? Here's A Doozey ...
By Tom Dheere
A couple of weeks ago I got an email from an aspiring voice talent. He said he was new to the business and asked if I could pass along the names of some of my e-learning and e-book clients.
So, I looked on Facebook and LinkedIn to see if we were connected. Nothing. I Googled him. No website listing or any other search results except for three posts on craigslist offering his services as a voice talent. (DO NOT advertise yourself on craigslist. Itís remarkably tacky.)
Apparently this guy just ran a search on voice talents, found me, and decided to ask me for my client list.
So this is what I wrote back:
"I just want to make sure you understand what youíre asking for. You want me to give you the names of my clients - when I canít vouch for you - in the hopes of them giving you work that theyíre currently giving me?
"Iíve been doing this for a long time and I try to be as generous with my time, knowledge, and experience as I can, but Iíve never had someone just straight up ask me for my clients. I never did that when I started out, and I know of no one who has done that, either. It took me a year to land my first client and there are no shortcuts in this business.
"If you want to build a clientele: have a good website, a good demo, a good coach, start cold-calling, subscribe to sites like Voice123 and Voices.com, and audition as much as you can while bidding ethically.
"If you canít or wonít do that, then this may not be the vocation for you.
"BTW I wouldnít recommend soliciting my peers. Some may not respond as constructively as I have, and the voiceover industry is a very small world.Ē
PLEASE, JUST A FEW?
He then immediately replied with a dazzling Gregory Hines-like tapdance, saying that he was not asking for my clients, just a few contacts to get him started.
Um, isnít that the same thing? Needless to say, I didnít reply.
I shared this with my buddy Jeff Kafer, creator of the great voice over comic strip Voice-overload, and here's what he did with this doozey ...
(See more Voice-overload cartoons at http://voice-overload.com)
So now - what's the strangest request YOU have ever received? Let us know in the COMMENTS below!
Tom Dheere is a 15-year veteran of the voice over industry. He has narrated almost one thousand projects spanning every area of the industry, including commercials, audiobooks, and video games. His Good Karma Network (GKN) has an international following and has been the subject of numerous articles and features.
Good Karma Network: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GKN
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