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Friday, October 2, 2015

Don’t be Afraid to Ask for What You Want

When you’re working as a voice over actor, you are your own best advocate – no one else is going to back you like you can.  If you’re in a union, the scenario might be a bit different because you are entitled to certain benefits, but the fact remains that you, and only you, know what’s best for your situation.   That’s why you should never be afraid to speak up for yourself, especially when it comes to asking for what you want. After all, as communication specialists our voices should command some attention.

Let me describe a couple of situations where this might come up.  One involves payment, which can be a tricky area to begin with.  Let’s say that you have agreed to do a project for someone for a certain price.  However, during the course of that project, they make a few changes that require you to spend more time working on it.  You feel that those changes warrant a price increase, but do you ask for it?  Another instance that could arise is when you’re working with someone, but they aren’t being quite as forth coming with the project information as you may like.  Do you ask them to elaborate, or take your best guess as to what they want?

In my opinion, the answers to these questions are easy – you ask for what you want.  You feel you deserve more money? Ask for it.  You need more information about a project?  Ask for it.  Don’t be shy about doing this.  All they can say is no, and there’s no harm in asking. If you are working with a talent agent ask them to elaborate. Remember, you need to advocate for yourself, because no one else is going to.  Plus, part of a successful partnership with another party is being able to communicate about your needs, and vice versa.  Besides, if you don’t ask, this can lead to feelings of resentment, which can open up a whole new can of worms. Don’t let it get to this point.  Be confident in your abilities, and stand up for yourself when you need to. 

I have posted this document several times concerning my "revisions" policy. Here it is again.
Feel free to use it as a basis for your own. Keep in mind your relationship with your client.
Are they a new client that you haven't yet worked with, do you genuinely feel there will be more work coming from this client. etc. Use your best judgement!

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