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Frank James Bailey

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When To Turn Away VO Work.

Posted by frankjamesbailey on October 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Should you ever turn down or turn away voice work?

The old saying is…you should NEVER turn away a voice job! But I disagree. Here’s why…

What if the job isn’t for you?

I recently got an invitation to audition for a radio commercial on a freelance site. They wanted a guy who could read the script in Spanish! I don’t speak Spanish…let alone read it! I Turned that job down!

What if the price is too low?

I was also recently offered a job way below my usually rate. Now for the record, I am willing to negotiate a little but if you charge $50 for an explainer video VO job are willing to go down to $10 for just this one time? If youi are you can be sure that client will ALWAYS want you for only $10! I’m not going to do a LOT of work for a little bit of money! I Turned that job down.

What if you’re unavailable?

Thanksgiving is coming up in a few weeks? Most of us are going to spend time with friends and family. I’m sure your clients are too. Some clients…need you available 24 / 7! I usually let my clients know when I’m going out of town.

Are you sick?

I’ve only had to turn down a voice job twice in the past 7 years because I was sick. Only twice because this client needed their job done today and my voice did not sound the way is usually did. The other times I was sick I got lucky. My clients waited until I got better to finish the job.

To answer the question, should you ever trun away VO work? I say yes - t is OK to turn VO work away...sometimes. 


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