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Know when to walk away

*humming*

”You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, Know when to walk away and know when to run. You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table. There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done….”

– From “the Gambler,” sung by Kenny Rogers

Why is this song in my head? To be honest, I’m really not a fan of country music. But, that doesn’t mean that there’s not a lot of truth in these lyrics. I just got off the phone with a Voice123 voice actor who had a very long story about trying to satisfy an impossible client. My advice? Walk away from the crazy.

It’s not you, it’s THEM!

I think as voice actors a lot of us suffer from “acute people pleaseritis.” Yes, of course, we want the client (or agent, or casting director, or hottie talent we just met at a meetup) to like us. Yes, of course, we want to be easy to work with to build a great roster of repeat clients. But, we can’t please everyone. Sometimes it really is NOT you. A good way to guard against this is to lay down clear terms about what you are willing to deliver and for how much at the start of the project. If you do this, and the client does not respect your terms, chances are they are going to be difficult and you should get out as soon as you can instead of trying to please them.

Know when to walk away…

Even if the client is perfectly sane and reasonable, I still say walk away from the job if you are unable to deliver what the client wants in a few rounds of revisions. Having been on the other side of the glass for other projects has also shown me that if talents cannot come pretty close to nailing the direction within a few takes, then it’s probably not going to happen–and that’s okay. Save your time and energy for that project where you are really going to shine!

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About Tara Kray -

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Tara is a voice talent and part of the Client Services Team for Voice123.  She is also a member of Actor’s Equity.  When she’s not working, she is usually in a dance class or hanging out with her Grandpa.