An open letter to VO clients everywhere
Dear, most esteemed and very valued client,
I truly am delighted to work with you, collaborate with you, create wonderful voices for you, but please remember that my life does not revolve around you. Sometimes my diary is very full, and fitting everything into my working day requires a degree of juggling. (Or perhaps that should be a degree IN juggling)!
You see, I have other clients, other jobs awaiting my dulcet tones; I have a home; I have a family, I have a dog that needs walking. I need to shop occasionally, I need to feed my poor long-suffering husband from time to time - and even I need to eat! Yes ... amazing though it may seem, I have a life!
You see, despite the fact that I am a full time voice actor and am really very happy, thrilled, proud and pleased to work with you, I do not actually spend my entire life in a small padded room, sitting at my microphone talking to myself twenty four hours a day seven days a week. So, when you promise to deliver a script at a certain time, I work on the assumption that you will deliver said script when you have said you will ... and that when said script arrives, unless you tell me otherwise, I assume it will be 'THE SCRIPT' in its entirety, complete, whole, perfect, checked and double checked and approved by all concerned at your end. I would never expect to receive an incomplete script (any more than you would expect an incomplete recording with bits missing here and there unless it is an audition or a sample read). Once we have agreed that I am doing the job - then I will only ever upload the full and finished recording. Once we are actually working on the project, if for any strange reason you felt the need to send me an incomplete script, I would hope you'd include a note saying that 'this is a draft' - 'for your information only' - 'please do not record' ... something along those lines would be really very helpful.
Adding to my slight irritation is the fact that despite having agreed the schedule and having told me the script would be ready for me to record on Friday morning, it didn't actually arrive until after lunch.
So dear client - having turned my perfectly ordinary Friday into something approaching a nightmare ... please forgive me but I am likely to be every so slightly abrupt if you contact me tomorrow (which in case you haven't noticed is a Saturday ... part of what we call 'The Weekend') to ask me where my recording is.
Got that dear client?
Kind regards ... and have a great weekend.
Am I being too harsh? Perhaps .... but it's been a tough day. And in case you're wondering, I didn't send it!
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