Notice I didn’t say like, or admire, or even “Are you fond of”. I said love, because it seems to me like most of the people I have dealt with in the Voiceover industry “love” the business they are in.
Very recently a client had made amendments on an IVR I had recorded for him. They had added a company to their IVR system (a second company) so they wanted to add the new company to the system. But the way the gentleman was talking to me… it was like I was a rockstar… He treated me like Talent, with respect, appreciation and regard.
It was odd to tell you the truth as usually I have to deal with casting agencies who will peddle the job to the lowest quoting VO out there… Make me feel anything but talented and miles from appreciated.
Why Do You Love This Business?
the truth is, I don’t, not all the time. There are times when it’s 4 am and I have a delivery the next day and I’m so tired I can’t see straight. I’m not in love with being a vo then.
There are times when the script is so bad that I hate myself for accepting the job in the first place.
There are times when I have dealt with casting people who have made me want to take a shower from how slimy and gross they are to deal with.
so no, I don’t love being a voiceoverist then.
…the other times
and of course there are the other times when things just work, things just happen. You land a big client and you know things are going to change.
I am not the typical kind of human…. me Mahmoud Taji… I can’t go to a 9 to 5 job everyday knowing that I will be doing exactly the same thing as yesterday. That is why I gravitated toward the creative side of advertising. New challenges… new ideas. New ways of looking at something. I’m good at that… it is a chore sometimes but in the long term I love being different.
I’m Very Lazy
It’s true, I am, I would rather work on a 30 or 60 second TVC than on a 1000 word narration for the same price. It’s just human… I’m very human. I like getting paid more for doing less.
Is it weird that I’m being this honest? Actually we’re all more or less a very straight forward bunch. I have more of a temper than most but overall I can keep my cool when my client is being an ass. It’s even worse of course when your client’s client is being the ass because you know it isn’t the middle man’s fault and you might not be able to communicate what the problem is to the end receiver.
How Many Hours Do You Work Per Day?
See that’s exactly the point.. you work less you make more so instead of doing a 9 to 5 you work 2 hours in a day and make the exact same amount of money.
But here is the thing… it’s never like that is it. You get a long narration job… and it takes 2 hours to record and then another 2 to edit and then you send it … and then corrections come back and you go back into your studio and so on and so forth. You can easily pull of 10 to 12 hours a day if you don’t pace yourself.
Some get so excited about being so in demand they could easily burn themselves out. End up voiceless for a week… and then what? Sucks to be you!
The Roller Coaster Paradigm
Everything in moderation… you will experience ups and you will experience downs. You will deal with the good and the scum even amongst your peers in the industry. We aren’t all philanthropic angels. But the thing about Roller Coasters is the simplicity of the thrill… get in the car and hold on for dear life.
That’s how I see it…
Why do you love this business?