By Stephanie Ciccarelli
October 22, 2009
The human ego is a very fragile thing, but when it comes to business, it's your ego or your lunch!
Perhaps it's not so much about the bruising of your ego but approaching each situation and client you encounter with a positive attitude.
How can you remain composed and flexible during an audition or a recording session?
Is the customer really always right?
The answer may happily surprise you!
Read this helpful article about what you can do and why it helps here at VOX Daily.
Something that I think can't be said enough is that voice over is a business.
That being said, voice over happens to fall into the realm of the creative, which can at times, complicate matters... if you let it!
The person doing the hiring or directing is your customer, and in many circles, the adage of "The Customer is Always Right" applies.
This could go one of two ways:
1) The client appears to be insatiable and requests more takes
2) The client likes your work even though you think you could have done better or that someone else was better qualified
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the same goes for what someone thinks is a perfect take or casting in voice over.
In big league VO, it isn't uncommon for a director to request a minimum of 20 takes to get the perfect delivery, so it would make sense that other clients may have the expectation that two or three takes may just be scraping the surface of your talent and ability to take direction.
Although interpreting feedback during a session as criticism may be a natural response, it isn't the healthiest thing, and one has to remember that the director is only trying to communicate their vision through your voice by doing business with you.
You're not inside their head and they aren't in yours... it may take a while (and a substantial number of takes) to embody what the client really wants.
If you're able to separate your feelings from the work, any feedback you receive will come as creative direction or a way of trying the same thing a different way, not as a personal insult.
Remember, if the client likes it, don't offer to do more or question their logic!
If the client needs to take a little while to realize their vision through your voice, enjoy the ride. Make it a game if you have to and use each take as an opportunity to freely explore parts of your voice you may not have known before.
I think you'll agree, it's more enjoyable (and perhaps less labor-intensive) than most jobs out there!
I'd love to hear your tips or insight :)