Sounds Like...Someone Else's Voice
One of my big clients emailed me yesterday to do a voice demo. Easy enough except they wanted it to sound exactly like this other woman's voice. It's taken me many years to realize I just don't do that. My voice is the one voice I do and that's pretty much the end of it. That's not to say I won't work with a client to get the sound they want (cheerful, sad, friendly, etc.). But this was a bit of a stretch for me. And I realized I knew the perfect voice for them. Within a minute I had emailed both the client and the voice introducing them to each other and leaving it at that.
Then I started having second thoughts. This project I just reccommended someone else for is big. Huge. Super dooper humungo. That all equals some serious dough. And then I had to remind myself that I'm not the sound they are looking for and someone out there will want me.
When I was starting out I encountered some real, um, hitches. They were back stabbing women who tried to keep me as far from the industry as possible. I swore I would never be that person. My voice is like no others so they'll like me or they won't. I've lived by that for these 10+ years and it's been great. Slow, but great. So this was the time to really remind myself. And remind myself.
Then, at some point this afternoon, I let it all go. I realized it was right and I started to hope, hope, hope she gets the job. Then, about a minute (or 12 b/c I'm getting sucked in by the Celtics game) ago she emails me with a whole different lead to a client that needs a voice like mine.
HELLO! Thank you karma. How sweet is it to find people who are willing to watch your back and help you out? Ahhh, there is goodness in our world.