I Apparently Talk Too Much
The irony that someone that specializes in speaking for a living is accused of talking too much is kinda funny to me.
What this really comes down to is the fact that some established voice artists feel that I blog too often. They weren't signaling me out directly, but still, it hit a little close to home. They feel that posting too many times (in my case once a week) causes an overabundance of the information being presented (or something) and the message gets diluted. I call balderdash.
(that’s not really what I said, but this is a family-friendly blog)
If you’re a professional voice talent and don't like the amount of posts I make, understand that I don’t write for you in the first place.
I write these articles (I really dislike the term “blog”) to offer information to new and aspiring voice artists on ways they can improve their business. Or start their careers. Or to get work. My posts are geared for the newbie; The young kid who can do a bunch of character voices and thinks that this is a fast road to success. (hint: it's not) Or the 40 year old that’s been “downsized” and is looking at ways of keeping the roof over their heads. Or the stay at home Mom looking for ways to bring in some added income. Or the amateur who sells themselves short trying to make money off of sites like Fiverr. I write for the person just getting started in voiceover. I try to offer advice and suggestions that I hope will help them.
As to my frequency of posts, to be honest, that’s a bit less altruistic. Posting once a week helps me to stay visible with people that might hire me later on down the road. Do clients read my posts? Probably not as much as I’d like, but they do read them. Anything I can do to keep myself in the front of their mind, may help tip the odds just a little in my direction when it comes time to hire a voice talent.
I'm certainly not saying I know everything. I only know what's worked for me and - like most other voice talent - I offer that knowledge to others freely. I don’t subscribe to the idea that everyone is my competition. There’s plenty of work to go around and plenty of voice talent that want to know how to get it. If I can help someone to be successful, or MORE successful, then it’s worth it.
The trick is to balance the amount I post so that it’s not too often. In this day and age of constant information streaming at you from multiple directions, I don’t consider a once-per-week post to be all that intrusive.
So if you’re a pro perturbed by my prolific pontification, please feel free to not read it. I won't lose any sleep over it. Its all good.
If, on the other hand, you like what I have to say - and how often I say it - keep reading.
And hey, if its helpful to you, let me know or share it with someone!
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.