From my blog at www.DanHurst.com:
“I hate to ask this,” she said, “because we still want to continue using you for most of our projects, but for this one we’d like to use a different voice. Is there anyone you could recommend to us?”
I chuckled. I was not in the least bit offended or bothered by her question. In fact, I was honored.
Imagine that! A client trusted me enough to ask for my recommendation. What a pat on the back!
I wish all producers and clients knew this little secret about us voice talents: we’re not threatened by each other. Do we want your voice job? Of course, but if we’re not right for it, we’re thrilled to be able to hook you up with someone that is exactly what you’re looking for. If I can endorse another voice talent for a project, I am more than happy to do so!
Why? Because we’re driven by success. Certainly our personal success, but also your success, and our fellow talent’s success. Every project that we get or that a friend of ours gets is a learning experience for us!
I love reading about great projects that my voiceover cohorts land. Do I get envious? Not at all! I figure I can learn something from every person who gets a voiceover job. Every one! I want to learn how they got the job and how they made the client happy. I want to discover the little things they do that give them an edge. Not so I can beat them at their game, but so I can be better at what I do.
And if I can recommend someone for a job, and they get the job, I’m thrilled to be a part of that whole process because I have a front row seat to see how it worked.
I have a significant client that uses numerous voice talents in numerous languages. When they need an English or Spanish male voice talent, they call me. But I also get a call from them for almost every project they do when they need a different voice talent. I can’t tell you how much I treasure that relationship! Without them even knowing it, they are teaching me how to be better at what I do.
And I love the relationships I have with fellow voice talents that I can recommend and who send me work for the same reasons. I take great pride in considering myself a business partner with so many different voice talents!
So, here’s what it boils down to. If you need a recommendation for a voice talent, don’t hesitate to call me. I’m delighted to make a recommendation that you’ll be happy with!