VOICE OVER CONTRACTS
What To Do When The Voice Over Audition
Arrives With A Not-To-Ignore NDA
By Dave Courvoisier
What??!!! Our clients don't trust us with their corporate secrets?
Alas, for our end-clients to launch their latest work of greatness, their public presentations will have to be voiced by freelance voice artists. But can pedestrian rabble such as that be counted on to keep copywriting brilliance to themselves during the time from production to launch?
The insurance policy to answer that question is the dreaded Non-Disclosure Agreement, or NDA.
NDA's have typically been the purview of hi-powered corporate intrigue, demanded by CEO's and company presidents to protect the latest research or developments from expensive projects.
Even VP's and mid-level managers were made to sign NDA's under the threat of job loss. In fact, so handy were these documents, that attorneys have convinced the best and brightest that virtually EVERYONE down-the-line needs to sign one to protect company secrets.
So be it.
SEEING MORE VO NDA'S
But now when a juicy and lucrative audition comes across your desk from your agent or other casting entity, it is increasingly accompanied by an NDA.
Sometimes you won't even see the copy until the NDA is signed in advance - or you might get both the assignment and the NDA at the same time. But rest assured, you will NOT be considered for the job until the NDA is signed.
The performer in you really just wants to get to the the mic and send your best stuff. So the NDA becomes another roadblock to success. Let's get this thing done, and get on to the that big payday.
WAYS TO SIGN NDA'S
By now, you may already have your favorite software solution to this challenge.
DocuSign was one of the early entries in this arena, and it's a solid answer.
Hey, if you're lucky, the NDA comes with a ready-made link that will send you to the doc, prompt to to "sign here"… and "sign here"… and when you click "done." it sends the finished document back to the sender and (dusts hands off), all good.
But your client may not be that advanced yet, which means you'll need a software program that's easy and quick to downloads the doc, add your signature, save, and send it back as a .pdf.
Here's a tip: It's best to find the program that's available on both computer and smartphone.
More and more often, you'll want to be able to react on your feet and get that signed doc back right away.
Love 'em or hate 'em, smartphones are taking over the world of business and immediacy.
GET A DIGITAL SIGNATURE
Oh, and one more thing? Find a way to get a digital version of your signature. Preferably as a .jpg or .png, and preferably with a transparent background. You'll likely need it to upload into the program, and some of these will let you do that internally.
E-Signing software (as it's called) is booming right now because of this business environment.
Bottom line: There are plenty of e-signing software solutions for you, and all of them are pretty useful. For instance, I use Docusign, Signeasy, and Adobe Fill&Sign.
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From now on, just think of NDA as an acronym for Never Dodge Auditions!
Dave Courvoisier is a full-time voice actor and audiobook narrator based in Las Vegas, where he was formerly an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, producer and the main weeknight news anchor on KLAS-TV, Channel 8, the CBS affiliate. A former president and a founding member of the World-Voices Organization (WoVO), he also writes Voice-Acting in Vegas, a daily blog of voice over adventures, observations and technology, and is author and publisher of the book, More Than Just A Voice: The Real Secret To VoiceOver Success, now in its second edition.
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