Saturday, September 11, 2010

entertainment industry coach question 556:Do you have any connections for VO work?

As a coach I always tell my clients, that asking for work or for referrals from a complete stranger is not a good approach. Personally, I have 16 clients who are interested in VO work, so if I were going to connect anyone, it would be the people who I know, whose work ethic I admire, and whom I believe would be a good fit with the person I'd be connecting them with.

I don't know anything about the person who made this request. I asked how far along he is and he told me he has a VO demo, a home recording studio, and is new to this side of the business. So it's great that he's reaching out for connections, and it sounds like he's done his research about how to best prepare and present himself for success. Now, it's time to build relationships with people before going "straight for the referral or work." This guy may be great, but I have no idea who he is or what he's like, so to put my reputation on the line for a stranger is not a fair request to make in my opinion.

That said, he's out of Florida, and is asking for help, so if anyone has some advice or feedback for him please put it in the comment section. Advice and guidance is something that even strangers can say yes to.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jessica.

There's a great website called Double Dutch ( by Paul Strikwerda. Paul is an experienced VO professional, and his site offers lots of great business advice to VO actors as well as other people in the industry. A lot of VO professionals read and post on his site, so it's a great place to meet other people in that profession.

Hope this helps,

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