Zhao shang hao Folks,
I woke up and it was a new day with new things happening. The world it spins and you find that Hannah Montana has fallen from grace, Obama has been in office for a year with pretty much nothing to show for it. 10,000 people working for Opel Automotive will lose their jobs and lively hoods and I have just moved to a new apartment.
The past few days have been mostly me doing odd handyman jobs around the house. Changing the lock on the door, adding a new chain lock to the door, changing the shower heads. Installing the washing machine. Doing some touchups on the walls here and there…. and giving myself a massive blister in the middle of my right palm. Thankfully its not very painful so I can live through it.
The loudest thing in my house these days is my old desktop PC.. so I’ll be looking into changing the old case with a new one… and possibly changing the circulation fans in there.
The new city I live in (a part of the greater Cairo area) is much colder than cairo proper since there are allot less people, allot less cars, allot less emissions, and there is no barrier between us and the desert road heading toward Suez.
By the way … that’s good morning in Mandarin Chinese for those who aren’t caught up with the far eastern lingo.
Today I’d like to talk to you about Issues of Scheduling. How do you manage them? Do you allow jobs to be dropped and ultimately does it upset you?
I believe I’ve made you (my readers) well aware of my recent crazy schedule… between the traveling and the moving and my day job craziness.
So it was a bit (I’m at a loss for a good word for this) stressed… but once I got to Vienna and checked into my hotel I figured that it would be smooth sailing till the real craziness of moving comes into play a few days in the future.
Once I got to my hotel room I hooked up my laptop and got online. Immediately I was messaged by a producer from one of the Voice Over production companies I do work for. He had been trying to get in touch with me from the morning (his morning) and unable to find me (because I was on a plane). He had also emailed me and I could tell that he was in a bit of a panic because his client (someone we had done work for in the past) wanted to make some additions to a VO project we worked on a few months back.
Unfortunately for him I hadn’t brought my recording gear with me. Not because I forgot … but because I knew that the conference I was going to was very time intensive and I wouldn’t have time to record… I didn’t have access to a printer to print the script… and worst of all… I would be homeless once I got to cairo because I’ll be moving… and I wouldn’t be able to do the recordings until Sunday of the next week (he contacted me on Wednesday).
So … what to do?
I told my producer via email that I wouldn’t be available until Sunday and left it at that… went to bed… and in the morning went to an 8 hour conference with a half hour break to shower and get dressed for a 3 hour company dinner.
A day later I got a communication from the production company that they would like me to try to find a recording studio in Austria to record the VO… things are getting desperate and they could lose the job.
Again I informed them that I literally had no time to record and that the next day I’d be on a plane back to Cairo and then I’d jump straight into moving. So try to ask the client to wait a few days till I can schedule a recording.
Long story short. They lost the job.
Money out of their pocket… money out of mine… but ultimately it was the client who lost because they would have to record the whole original voice over as well as the new added parts in someone Else’s voice.
I am not a full time voice over artist. I have to balance the duties of both my day job… and the job I’d like to do fulltime… had I been a full time VO I would not be going to a medical conference in the first place so I would probably have the time to record the corrections and so no harm no foul.
But who… if anyone… is at fault here for the loss of the job? Is it me? or is it the production company? or is it the client?
and how do you show your clients your schedule so that they can figure out when is a good time to hire you to record.
If any of you have had a similar experience … please share it… and if you have any advice … please leave it.