• Rob Marley

Mulgrew's Moral Morass

Kate Mulgrew - better known to most Sci-Fi geeks as Capt. Janeway from Star Trek Voyager has made headlines in the voiceover world.

Mulgrew was asked to narrate a film that turned out to be all about geocentrism - a wholly discredited and scientifically laughable theory that the Sun, the planets, and and all the stars of the universe orbit around the Earth.

It's hard to believe in this day and age that there are people out there that believe this sort of thing. Then again, there are people out there that still believe the earth is flat (It's not) and that the power of prayer will save their sick children. (it won't).

Mulgrew claims that she was duped into lending her voice for the film and that had she known who was behind it, she would have walked away from the job:

"I was a voice for hire, and a misinformed one, at that," Mulgrew says in her Facebook post.

Kate's brouhaha with the junk science crowd raises an interesting point when it comes to voice over work: We're all just voices for hire. Send me the script and as long as the check clears, I'm your huckleberry. But what do you do when the work you are accepting goes against your moral compass?

In your rush to make a quick buck, you should take just a second to consider that the job you're spending a short amount of time with today might possibly impact you in some great and unknown way later on. It's unlikely, but the chance of it occurring is still out there. Can you live with yourself if this happens? What recourse do you have at that point? Will the PayPal notice in your in-box today feel like 30 pieces of silver tomorrow?

I'd love to know your thoughts about this.


About Rob Marley

A Los Angeles native, Rob is an accomplished voice talent, producer and writer now living in the hill country of Austin Texas.