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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Is it a Good Idea to Include Your Photo on Your Website?

Here’s a question I’ve heard asked more than once - should you put your picture on your voice over website? Well, if you’re reading this blog, you probably already know my opinion on the matter, since you can see my smiling face on my homepage. Just because I’m obviously for including a photo, it doesn’t mean the topic isn’t worth a discussion. So let’s talk…

Let’s start with the pros of putting your photo on your site. First and foremost, photos provide an excellent means for potential clients to start building a relationship with you before you’ve even agreed on a deal. Having that visual reference helps people feel more connected, and it ensures that there are no surprises should you ever end up meeting face to face. Just as in all other types of businesses, many clients find it more professional when a photo is included, especially if it’s a professional headshot.

Now, there are a few possible negatives worth mentioning as well. There’s a reason why it’s still considered a no-no to include your photo on resumes, right?  One argument against adding a photo is that it gives people a chance to judge you based on something that is irrelevant in VO, and this judging will likely take place before they’ve even heard your voice. If they don’t like how you look, they may be predisposed to dislike your sound. You also may be inadvertently setting yourself up for some form of discrimination, whether it’s based on your gender, race, age, or whatever.

The decision of whether or not to add your photo to your website is entirely up to you, and there are pros and cons to both. If you do decide to include a picture, be very mindful about the photo you choose and the message that image will send. A picture of you and your cat in a party hat celebrating the feline’s birthday may tell clients that you’re, shall we say, less serious. Or your wedding photo (yes, your wife or husband may be gorgeous but... ) A great looking headshot, on the other hand, will show that you’re a professional who values the opinions of others.

So tell me, do you think it’s a good idea to include a photo on your VO website? And the debate goes on! 

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