Voiceovers And Dignity – The Not Silent Blog 6/30/20
Leader humility is a tendency to feel and display a deep regard for others’ dignity.Marilyn Gist, PhD
This pearl of wisdom knocked me on my ass while I was narrating the fascinating book “The Extraordinary Power of Leader Humility: Thriving Organizations & Great Results” by Marilyn Gist, PhD.
Dignity: the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.
Leadership, humility, dignity, and respect have been the touchstones of our national consciousness over the past few weeks/months/years. There are more appropriate venues as well as thought leaders who are far more intelligent, thoughtful, and articulate to address what’s been going in our country lately so I’ll leave it to them. With that in mind, let’s talk about dignity in the voiceover industry.
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What does dignity in the voiceover industry mean? How can you be worthy of honor or respect and make sure you are honoring and respecting others?
Don’t audition for roles meant for minorities. This is a red hot-button topic on social media right now. If the role is a person of color or if the voice seeker wants a POC to voice the project and you’re not one, don’t audition for it. Don’t “fake it” or break out your stereotypical (cough cough racist cough cough) voice. There is plenty of work for you out there. And by plenty I mean almost all of it. BTW the only people I’ve noticed who seem to be making an argument against this are white men. Dudes, shut up. FYI here’s a link to an eye-opening podcast episode called “Blackface in Voiceover“.
Respect women inside the booth, outside the booth, and online. This has been an issue for a VERY long time and recently some light has been shone upon it. There have been multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault of many female voice actors by many men that are finally getting the attention they deserve. You can read about the more notable ones here and here. Oh, and please quit the “man-splaining” every time a woman airs a legitimate grievance online or in person. You’re not helping.
Charge industry-standard rates. Clearly this one isn’t as resonant or important as the first two, but it’s worth addressing. When you agree to be paid low rates for voiceover work, you are undermining your own dignity. You are stating loudly & clearly, “I don’t respect the voiceover industry, my fellow voice actors, or myself.” Please use the SAG-AFTRA or GVAA guides to charge industry-standard rates for voiceover projects.
NEWS AND NOTES
RIGHT NOW! I had the pleasure to once again be interviewed by MAVO’s Val Kelly on the “Live with Squacky” show. Click here to listen to Part 1.
Thursday, July 9th @8PM EDT: My next Edge Studio Business and Money 201 webinar will be ‘Rates, Negotiating, and Billing’. In this one-hour webinar, we’ll talk about how to building a Rate Sheet, negotiating with voice seekers, and invoicing. This webinar caps at 25 attendees and sells out fast. Registration link coming soon!
Thursday, July 23rd @8PM EDT: My next Edge Studio Marketing 201 webinar will be ‘4 Words That Will Kill Your Marketing’. In this one-hour webinar, we’ll talk about how most voice actors are their own worst enemy and how to stop the cycle. This webinar caps at 25 attendees and sells out fast. Registration link coming soon!
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Tom Dheere is a voice actor who has narrated thousands of projects for hundreds of clients in over a dozen countries. He is also a voiceover business & marketing consultant known as the VOStrategist and produces the comic book “Agent 1.22”. You can subscribe to his weekly blog and the monthly VO Strategist Learnin’ Stuff Notice here.