Voiceover professional Jerry Reed's journal. Jerry has done a lot of things in his life and met a lot of people along the way. Often people told him that he should write a book. But, he never seemed to get to it. So this blog serves as that personal journal embracing thoughts, things, experiences, places, & people in his life. There are no limits and no one will be intentionally harmed in this exercise.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Shoot Yourself in the Foot...
and Your Voiceover Career Along With It.
I use all the social networks to
promote myself and my voiceover services. I am always willing to
connect to other professionals in the voiceover business for the
networking opportunities. It certainly has helped in my case when a
connection has recommended my services and I have landed jobs because
of it. So, let me tell the tale of one such voiceover artist that
asked to connect with me and what he did or didn't do.
I have one particular client that I
work with regularly. I have done many many projects with this man at
two different companies. We have stayed connected over the years and
now use LinkedIn to stay up to date. I respect this man and know that
we have a solid relationship. So, when he asks to be introduced to
one of my LinkedIn connections, I know that it will not jeopardize my
voiceover job opportunities with him. We will call him Bob for the
sake of this story, although that's not his real name.
Recently, I had a connection request
from a man located in one of the major cities in the South. This man
we will call Jim. Although, that's not his real name either. When I
received the connection request from Jim, he appeared well connected
and recommended by other leaders in the voiceover industry. So, I
accepted his request to connect. I didn't think anything more about
it and didn't investigate further. So, Jim became listed as one of my
LinkedIn makes regular public updates of new
connections. Bob saw the update that I was now connected to Jim and
reviewed his profile and was interested in adding Jim to his cadre of
voiceover artists. So, he asked to be introduced to Jim. Before I
responded to Bob, I took another look at Jim's profile and realized
there was something missing. There was no link to a professional web
site and other than a brief mention that he had a relationship with a
public broadcaster, there was no information about his particular
credits, or the company he supposedly was connected with. There were
no audio demo and no link to video. Fail #1 However, he did have
a Gmail address listed. So, I sent Jim an email through LinkedIn and
a message to the Gmail account. I told him of the request from Bob
and asked for a link to his demos and or web site where his demos
could be reviewed.
I had already responded to Bob telling
him that I could not recommend Jim as I had not heard his demos, but
had written to him requesting links and further information. I would
let Bob know as soon as I received a response. That was yesterday. I
have not heard from Jim and he may not be a connection much longer.
To further complicate things, I decided to look up Jim on Twitter.
Found him. But his tweets and account are protected. Fail #2 . I
looked for him on Facebook. I found him there, also. He's well
connected to some pretty powerful people in the voiceover industry,
but still no links to a web site or demos. This guy could be the next
messiah for all I care. But, he's a giant failure in my book.
Am I too impatient? I don't think so.
In our industry response time is critical. Seconds become minutes
become hours become an eternity. I'm not a big ad agency exec and I
don't have a big job to offer, but he doesn't know that. So why
didn't he respond in this day of smart-phones with email? Beats me.
Shall we take out the other foot while we're at it?