Friday, January 21, 2011

Better to Plead for Forgiveness than Ask for Permission

This has sort of become my motto of late.  One of my big problems is a lack of patience.  It will likely be my undoing in the world of voiceover, but I'm willing to take that risk.  I realize I've only been on two pay sites for a little over a week, but the fact is I can't wait.

I can't wait for clients to listen to my auditions.
I can't wait for them to book me for the job.
I can't wait to finally get paid for the gig.

See a pattern?

So today, I decided to take matters (again) into my own hands.  Without going into great detail, I circumvented a few steps in the "Standard Way to Get Into The Glamorous World of Voiceover" (yes, I've seen websites using the word "glamorous" with "voiceover" in the same sentence) and used information at my disposal to send some e-mails.  Now, I don't know if this was against any "AUP" or code of conduct, but I decided "what the hell," I wasn't doing much the other way.  So, I may have broken protocol.  What's the worst thing that could happen?  They stop taking my money to be on their site?

Not bloody likely!

Long story short (you read that right), I think I got the gig.  And you know what?  They're going to be real happy with what they get from me.  And I finally don't have to wait any more.  Ask for permission?

Not bloody likely!


  1. So what did you do? I'd like to follow suit, 150 auditions in 2 weeks and nothing.

  2. It's a little complicated, but I'll tell you this; I started using a more direct approach. Using Google to find producers, casting directors, and webpage designers really works!
    Follow that link to "All In One Voice." The guy who wrote that gave me my ideas. Good stuff!

    And I feel your pain on the auditions. It's hard competing against 100+ people for a job that pays $100. Remember, your voice is "out there." For whatever that's worth!

  3. Good luck, Ron. I know what you're going through. Those pay-to-play sites seem like they're just teeming with talented people that we're competing with.

    I'm slowly learning that the old marketing methods may be the best ones.



  4. Google has become my best friend, Joe.