By Stephanie Ciccarelli
December 9, 2009
Receiving feedback (when in context) can be a wonderful thing, however, in the world of applying for work it is rarely given if at all!
Many voice talent have asked why feedback is only limited to Ratings and Reviews for work that's booked at Voices.com.
In this article, I'll explain why this is the case and also give you some perspective on how we came to make this decision.
One reason why we do not allow clients to rate auditions is because we feel that the ratings should only be given by people who have actually done business with you.
Years ago we tried a star rating system that allowed clients to rate your demos and auditions but found that clients were using the stars as a way to sort talent, not give them actual feedback on their voice or performance.
As a result, the ratings were out of context and irrelevant, and for some people, turned out to be harmful and unfounded. Even if you had auditioned well, sent in clean audio and so on, if a client didn't think you were the right person for the job, they'd give you a lower ranking (I think you'll agree that this would be unfair and out of context) which would then affect your overall statistics.
Also, some talent were abusing the system and having people (friends, family, etc.) rate them to boost their rankings. This didn't bode well. There were also some concerns that other talent may have been trying to sabotage their competitors by giving their demos a lower ranking.
I trust you can appreciate why we decided that this form of giving feedback wasn't the best way to go! This is why we only allow feedback based upon a transaction at Voices.com in a rating and reviews manner.
Clients may email you at their discretion should they wish to share any personal feedback regarding your auditions. While many are too busy to do this, some do show their appreciation or positive response to your audition by adding talent to their Favorites list to reference in the future for work opportunities.
The ultimate feedback you can receive from a client is booking the job. Auditioning is prospecting, as prominent Scottish voice over talent Philip Banks would say. There is no greater affirmation of your audition in a client's eyes than being selected to record for their project.
Once you audition, forget about it! Treat each audition as an opportunity to promote your voice. Remember that it is all about selection and not rejection. Putting yourself through the ringer isn't worth the fuss and aggravation.
Comment and share your strategies for moving on!
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