As I’ve noted previously, I think Philip Banks is not only a wonderfully talented voiceover artist, but a man with remarkable insights about this business as well.
These are his words, recorded in the archives of VO-BB.com:
1 – Worry as much about Don La Fontaine as he does about you.
2 – Don’t like what the client is offering? Memorise the following phrase “No thank you”.
3 – They critiqued your demo and you lost how much work? Usually nothing. How much is a worthless opinion worth to you?
4 – Find out if your voice coach likes your voice or your $100 per session.
5 – Learn from the voiceovers you respect but don’t try to be the voiceovers you respect; that’s their job.
6 – It’s your demo. Make sure the producer puts all of you in it and none of him.
7 – In a session when the phrase “that read sucks” is uttered, make sure it was by you.
8 – Your voice will get you your first job but your people skills may prevent you from getting your second.
9 – Don’t make false claims, you will get found out.
10 – Count your blessings every day and ensure you pass a few on to others.
Here endeth the lesson.