Ask the Talent for What You Want

 

I was having a chat with my friend Barry the other day and then we got to talking about this sort of phenomenon around communication from outside the booth to inside the booth, that is, from the producer and the client to the talent in the booth.

He noticed, and I have too, that the older school producers and clients and engineers tend to be a little bit more hesitant in asking the talent for extra takes or can we change direction…

This idea that we might upset the talent is BS.

You have every right as a client or producer to ask for what you want. If you're the client, you're paying the bills. Yes, you get to ask for what you want as long as the session is booked (and it’s within the scope of work agreed upon).

That's not to say that we need to abuse the talent, but it is to say that voiceover is a collaborative pursuit and it's incumbent upon that voice talent to give you exactly what you're looking for to the best of their ability.

Don't ever be afraid to ask for what you want.

Do it nicely, kindly, professionally, and I promise we will bend over backwards to give you what you want.