Recently, I had an amazing 2-hour directed voiceover session with my Honeywell client. The call had six people, which may seem like a lot, but it was an incredible experience. When delivering a successful performance, I've learned that being relaxed and receptive to feedback is crucial. Taking the time to listen to your directors truly can make all the difference and making the necessary adjustments based on their direction is essential for achieving the desired outcome.
When it comes to live-directed sessions, preparation is vital! Whether you're using Source Connect, Connection Open, Zoom or any other platform, logging in at least 10 minutes before the session begins is crucial. This will give you enough time to ensure that your connection works properly and avoid any last-minute technical glitches. In addition, by taking this simple step, you'll be able to stay calm and focused during the session without any unnecessary stress. So, always be ready ahead of time and make the most of your live-directed sessions.
When interacting with clients, it's essential to give them your undivided attention and avoid interrupting them. Talking over them or self-directing can slow down the session and cause frustration. Additionally, don't stop the session and apologize excessively for mistakes. Instead, return to where the error occurred and reread the sentence. Only your clients or engineers should stop the session. Remember, staying calm and focused can lead to more successful client interaction.
As a professional voice actor, it's important to remember that script changes can happen anytime during a directed session. It happened in one of my recent sessions. When clients are working on changes, it's best to stay in your lane and avoid offering your own suggestions. Remember, your role is to bring their vision to life as a performer, not to write the content. Stay focused on delivering your best performance, and let the writers do what they do best.
As a professional, leaving a lasting impression on your clients is crucial. So, before leaving the session, take a moment to thank everyone for their time and ask if there's anything else you can do to assist them. Remember, satisfied clients are more likely to become loyal, long-term partners. So, make sure to leave a positive impression that lasts a lifetime!