Let me tell you my latest, greatest and biggest pet peeve: when I call voice actors to let them know about an upcoming class and some mechanical robot voice tells me the phone number I’ve dialed – not even “please leave a message” – just a plastic voice and then beeeeeep!
Are you kidding me? You. Are. A. Voice. Over. Actor. PUT YOUR VOICE ON YOUR VOICEMAIL!! It’s the most simplest, most free-est, and most easiest way to have someone hear you and hear you repeatedly. Give your message personality, do a character voice, change it up weekly to show off your range. Something! Anything!
Don’t think that because we live in a world of email your clients and agents won’t call you. They will! They may need to make final arrangements for a session, or confirm your received the weekly scripts, or tell you that the session date/time has moved. And right now all they’ll hear is some cold, robot voice confirming your phone number. It’s certain death. They would first of all have no idea if it was you, second of all realize that you don’t care to leave a professional message, and third of all not be reassured that you are the person to hire by hearing your gorgeous voice once again.
Not to mention all the friends and family that will miss out on hearing your dulcet tones and then marveling about it with other friends and family, so that the word of your inherent talent spreads exponentially.
Y’all are crazy if you don’t create a personal voice mail message. In fact, go to your phones right now and fix it! Do it! Go! Don’t come back and read any more blog posts until you’ve done it.
Did you do it? Good, I’ll be calling you soon!
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