By Stephanie Ciccarelli
July 13, 2009
You know when you're at a gathering, and all of a sudden a group of people come in and "crash" the party leaving all who are present wondering, "Who invited them?"
Ever been to a wedding where an uninvited guest arrived and you could cut the tension in the air with a knife?
Perhaps you witnessed something of this sort in our industry, whether it be in person, on chat boards, blog postings or around the water hole.
I've seen this happen and am now proposing a new direction for us to go in.
As I listened to a new perspective on a two-thousand year-old story, something struck me that I'd like to share concerning the voice over marketplace, and I'll get to that in a moment.
Over the years and in recent months, I've received emails from professional voice talent who insist that Voices.com membership be limited only to those who fit their ideal specifications of who qualifies and is deserving of a listing.
These emails wound my heart because not only are some of these professionals picking on individual talent, the spirit of what they are saying and how it's presented is in direct opposition to what we stand for as a company and as a marketplace.
At Voices.com, we are called to serve. Our mission is to provide our customers with a safe place where they can work, have their professional needs met, help them to find meaning and purpose in their projects, and with regard to artistry, help them to live out their chosen vocation as voice over talent.
This includes, in our own ways, inviting people who have not yet joined the party who wish to be part of this amazing place we find ourselves in.
The party, in this case being professional voice talents, is comprised mainly of people who have taken time to develop their craft, invest in their recording equipment, and market themselves as suitable service providers to those in need of custom voice over recordings.
Everything is going fine at this party for most of the participants until a newcomer arrives who is without training, without a suitable recording studio, without a professionally produced demo, and without a sense of what to charge for their services.
These people are often looked upon as party crashers and are therefore looked down on by some people at the party.
I know that this isn't how everyone behaves, and if you're reading VOX Daily, I know that this likely doesn't pertain to you. There are people in our industry who resent newcomers and want to eliminate them from the business instead of encouraging or educating them so that they can grow to their full potential as voice over artists.
That being said, there is good news...
In times such as these, it is good to remember that we all have unique experiences, come from different backgrounds, and believe it or not, most of us come from outside of voice over! In the plainest English, we all started somewhere, and just as we've become part of this great community and industry, we must expect that others will join in due course and become part of it, too.
To close, I want to leave you with something else I heard at the service that has to do with the only acceptable time one might look down on another:
"The only reason you should look down on someone is if you are looking down to extend a helping hand to raise them up."
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.