By Stephanie Ciccarelli
December 10, 2009
Picking 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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
I'm interested to hear what you think of this article. Does it resonate with you?
Let me know and join the conversation!
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