Cuz, Baby, I hate NDA's! Do another gig, sign another contract, baby!

I had one of the most awesome sessions ever this past Monday! And the WORST part of it is... I can't say a word about it! Sometimes non-disclosure agreements are two-edged swords... on the positive side, they give you paying work but on the flip-side, you can't say a word about it to anyone until the product is released to the public without violating your agreement and possibly losing your client and even being fined.

All I CAN say is the gig was for my favorite client and it was something that has always been on my Bucket List to do. ;) It's going to be a long YEAR before I can actually talk about it. But hey, at least I can enjoy the check for my session! Haha!

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Comment by MY VO COACH on October 7, 2010 at 8:22pm
The decision process is, for the most part, is not much of a process at all. The trailer house picks who they want (unless directed or dictated by the studio) and either the studio will go along with the choice or simply say something like, "let's try a different voice" or "the vo is not working for us, try somebody else"... or the "vo needs to xy or z" and the trailer house will audition or hire accordingly. Once in awhile the studio will ask for a couple of different VOs before it goes to finish or go to finish with a few different VOs depending on the sell, demographic, etc. Hope this helps take the mystic out of the equation. For your consideration, you're obviously doing a GREAT job, so stick to what you have control over and stay focused on the work... as you're finding out, it's paying off... all the worries of "why" don't really serve energetically. Continued to success Jon, and to all those who follow the great tradition of voicing Trailers & Promos, it's an awesome art form. Cheers!
Comment by Jon Bailey on October 7, 2010 at 5:01pm
Thanks, Don. I'd like to be on the other side so I could see how the clients decide on the voice.
Comment by Don Ferguson on October 7, 2010 at 4:33pm
Hi Jon,
I've been on the other side of this too... These companies need to protect their intellectual property. Enjoyed reading your post...
Comment by Jon Bailey on September 30, 2010 at 4:50pm
Thanks, Philip. I've done quite a bit of work that required non-disclosure agreements and I've only been doing this a tenth of the time you have! I've had at least 8 non-disclosures to sign and only one of them is just now public where I can talk about it. :D I did the international version of the Anakin Skywalker Force Battler. The US retail version just uses audio clips from the show but Hasbro wanted the international version to only have phrases that couldn't be translated into any other languages so the script was just a list of names (spoken with emotion) and the word "Jedi" because apparently that one isn't in any other language either. It was a very unusual session, but I'm very proud of all my work with Hasbro. I've been a huge Transformers and Star Wars fan since I was a small child and getting to work with them now is a dream come true.
Comment by Philip Banks on September 30, 2010 at 4:39pm
It always amazes me how the way people work differs. I've been doing this job for over 20 years and the number of NDAs I've signed can be counted on the fingers of both hands. Funniest part of that statistic is that with 2 exceptions all the NDAs were for completely (in a global context) insignificant projects. Publicity and secrecy doesn't pay the mortgage only the fees so enjoy 'em! I wish you continued good fortune.
Comment by Jon Bailey on September 30, 2010 at 3:47pm
Wow, featured? Is it my birthday? :D Thanks, Zurek!

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