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I'll Know It When I Hear It

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

December 10, 2009

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Funky manPicking the right voice for the job is all about selection, not rejection.

That being the case, it makes sense that only the selected talent is given feedback ratings or reviews... doesn't it?

In this follow up posting to yesterday's article, I'd like to briefly discuss another reason as to why we do not allow clients to rate auditions at Voices.com.

Show Me The Voice Over!

When a client comes to find a voice or posts a voice over job, they don't necessarily know what they want right away... some are of a "I'll know it when I hear it" frame of mind.

This is why posting a casting call to attract a variety of applicants is so popular.

If a client posts their job and leaves the artistic direction open for interpretation, they're casting their net as widely as they can to provide an opportunity for the perfect read, or the perfect sound, to literally take them by surprise.

Riddle Me This:

Should not being chosen by an individual client reflect poorly on you and determine whether you're qualified to receive invitations for other jobs down the road?

No!

There are many talent I have auditioned over the years who were fabulous artists and great people to work with... but I didn't cast them because they didn't happen to match what I was looking for at the time for a particular project.

My appreciation to those talent was shown by adding them to my Favorites for future reference. This very act is a source of feedback that positively affects their overall ranking on the Favorites list at Voices.com.

Selection Not Rejection

Since this is a positive process of selection (and not a negative activity to do with rejection), the only way to publicly rate or review a talent at Voices.com is by hiring the selected talent and making payment through Voices.com.

Bearing that in mind, clients are not issued an opportunity to rate or review talent with whom there is no established business relationship, particularly if the talent wasn't chosen or what they were looking for regarding their specific job.

As we said earlier, you could deliver an amazing audition and still not be considered the right voice by the person doing the hiring.

Audition Wisely

You don't know what's going on in someone else's head but what you can do is give it your best shot.

Part of giving it your best shot is ensuring that you are only auditioning for work you are qualified for. Remember, you're also in a position where you can select or reject opportunities.

Each client is looking for something different, and as noted, sometimes they don't know what they want until they hear it... that, or they change their mind when they hear a voice or interpretation that grabs them unexpectedly in a favourable way.

Any Thoughts You'd Like to Add?

I'm interested to hear what you think of this article. Does it resonate with you?

Let me know and join the conversation!

Best wishes,

Stephanie

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Related Topics: auditioning, auditions, recordings, talent, voice casting, voiceovers, Voices.com


Comments


    Great article as always...I joined Voices.com last April...I have done many auditions...landed 2 projects so far...same client..I think the way you have Voices.com set up is perfect...I too have been elsewhere...and the ratings did nothing. I have to admit I haven't mastered doing the audition then "click it and forget it" just yet...I find myself wondering if I had the right take or if I should of changed this or that....I need to work on doing all of this before the final read and then...let it go and move on to the next audition....and always leave time to read vox daily:)

    Posted by:
    • Randy Anderson
    • December 10, 2009 10:46 PM

      Stephanie,

      Thank you for your articles on why you don't do the ratings system others use.

      I really appreciate that you don't and the clarification of your views.

      Laurie

      Posted by:
      • Laurie Allen
      • December 11, 2009 11:15 AM

        I couldn't agree more:)

        Posted by:
        • Amy Taylor
        • December 11, 2009 11:26 AM

          I agree, I think most clients "know it when they hear it". It's easy to get discouraged if you let yourself, but as someone stated in response to yesterday's article... you do your best and move on. I initially wanted lots of feedback but the only real feedback you need is from the client who hires you. I figure if I'm thinking "I probably won't get that job", then I probably won't. most likely because I didn't submit the best audition I could have or it's something that my voice is not suited for. I do the best job I can feel good about, submit it and move on. When I've been hired, that's when I like to get feedback. I believe I've continued to land more work by being persistant and staying positive. Also, getting feedback from collegues or coaches has been helpful.

          Thanks for the article.
          Pau Hernandez

          Posted by:

            Stephanie,

            I loved your explanation that it should not be considered a rejection but that you were not what they were looking for at the time because it is true and it makes sense. I will keep of in mind when I start auditioning.

            Thanks.

            Gina Lutes

            Posted by:
            • Gina Lutes
            • December 14, 2009 6:40 PM

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