December 19, 2012
Is your voice talent reliable? I recently had an amazing week in Maui. It’s my annual Maui trip that I cherish. But as a voice over talent, I always have the concern about missing work. You see, I have ISDN at my home. So I’m always available to my clients and my agents know that. But when I travel, I don’t always have access to ISDN. I don’t yet have Source Connect, but it’s something I’m seriously considering to make jobs and traveling more compatible. Ah…reliability…
The day before I left for my vacation, I did a job for a huge tech company. It was a business narration for an important product launch. Well, the next day, in Maui, I got word that the client had added more copy. Because I LOVE what I do, it was no problem for me. If we could find a studio, I’d be there. Whatever they wanted, I would have done it. So they found a studio and I got myself there. The client was happy. The very next day…the same thing. The client added more copy. So, the same routine. I got myself to the studio. The client was very apologetic about taking time from my vacation. But they were thrilled to be able to get the job done. To me it was no problem at all. I’m committed to what I do and nothing will stop me from making the client happy and getting the job done. So, in short, I’m a very reliable voice talent. I didn’t even think of it as an interruption to my vacation. It actually enhanced it. It was cause to be thankful for my abilities and for the gifts that flow to me in this business.
It’s not the first time I’ve been on vacation and this has happened. I was once on vacation in Prague and got word from my agent that the fine folks from Nokia wanted me to voice some TV spots. I was having a great time with my friends, but once I got word that a client wanted to book me, I made other plans. I told them the very next day, I would be in London and the studio of their choice. They made arrangements and I got myself there right on time. Yes, I left my friends and some good times behind. But I’m a professional voice talent and when I get a call for service, I make it happen.
Is your voice talent reliable? If you need revisions, are they willing and able to do what it takes to get your project done? I’ve been in this game for over 10 years now. I have no plans of getting out. Just last month, I had a client ask for revisions to a spot they did back in 2006! And I was here to get the job done. I voice matched it perfectly and they were very happy.
So when you want a younger male voice talent that is reliable and will be here for your project when you need it: here I am. It is something to think about when hiring a talent. Are they reliable and will they be available in the future?