A few days ago I gave my Voiceover / Blogger Peep Paul Strikwerda a call. Paul as some of you might know runs the hugely successful Double Dutch Blog . Paul started out blogging the same time as myself and on the same server. We’ve corresponded via email several times but this was the first time that we spoke on the phone.
As with most conversations with men … the first thing we started discussing is the business and how each of us was fairing on the VOs tranquil but occasionally rough seas. Somewhere in the middle Paul mentioned that he was finally getting enough of a work load that he has no time for his other work related endeavors like his writing and Marrying people together (he’s a multi denominational minister).
Which brings me to the core of what this article is about. My 5 magic words.
Reaching The Plateau
So when Paul said he was happy with the amount of voiceover work that he is finally getting. In fact that it was starting to overwhelm him and keep him away from other similar passions. I told him about an email I recently got from a potential client that literally blew me away.
This new client was looking to form a long lasting work relationship because (and I’m guessing) she had had a rough time trying to find a reliable Arabic Voiceover Artist which I guess I am, and right smack dab in the middle of the email she said something that I had never considered.
The 5 Magic Words
“Are you accepting New Clients?” Whoa! say what lady?! you mean there is a limit where I can actually be satisfied with the amount of clients I have?
I had never actually considered this. I mean also very recently I had a conversation with Bob Souer (yes on the phone … I have a way to call the states cheaply … I’m going to use it) and unlike Paul and myself he is a honest-to-God full time voiceover artist. It’s his main bread and butter.
He mentioned during the conversation that often he starts the week with nothing on his work schedule but that very quickly his week is filled with job requests.
But see that isn’t what I’m talking about. See Bob has built a list of clients over a period of 26 years. That’s how long it took him to leave the corporate world and go full-time VO.
I have a few regular clients. A few are voice agencies that contact me to do work for their clients while others are themselves the client. But I can’t say that I have enough clients to sustain a full time voiceover job. That might take me a few more years. Hopefully not 26.
It had always occurred to me that as a voiceover professional… I will always be scrambling. Constantly trying to bring in the money. It had never in a million years occurred to me that someone might approach me one day with a Job that I deem appropriate to work on and that does not conflict with my list of restrictions and I would turn them down.
Has Anyone Reached That Plateau?
I’m quite curious to find out if anyone in our community has turned down work (I’m not talking about massive projects) because they were not accepting new clients.
I’d like to be jealous of you… I would like to look up to you… and one day hopefully I’d like emulate you.