Need to know

Read this: You Need to Know

Since all the best secret agents I’ve ever heard of seem to work on a “need to know” basis, why should this be any different for us working as voice artists. If it’s good enough for someone defending us, it should be good for our profession, too. Unfortunately you’ve probably already misunderstood what I mean, thinking that I’m referring to the suggestion that they should work with limited and often insufficient information.

Sure that’s the story line in many a novel. The character is told just enough to get started, but I’m thinking of the best secret agents, not the ones which invariably get killed off somewhere during the proceedings!

The fact is that the ones which survive and are successful (OK, I’m really not just talking about secret agents) are the ones who find out what they need to know. Which reminds me of a favourite line of mine from the original stageshow version of the musical “Starlight Express”

The sad thing about experience is that by the time you have it, it’s just about all you have.

Not so. Fortunately we’re not rolling stock, and we have a great sharing community of friends in the voice industry, regularly sharing their wisdom…

wis·dom (n)

  1. The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight.
  2. Common sense; good judgment: “It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things” (Henry David Thoreau).
  3. a. The sum of learning through the ages; knowledge: “In those homely sayings was couched the collective wisdom of generations” (Maya Angelou).b. Wise teachings of the ancient sages.
  4. A wise outlook, plan, or course of action.

This leads up to today’s very strong recommendation to check out Paul Strikwerda’s latest blog post, What Some Clients Won’t Tell You

READ THIS because you NEED TO KNOW!!!

Not without precedent, the article is packed full of information both as an excellent checklist for the inexperienced, and as a timely reminder for those of us who ought to know better.

After reading Paul’s article (you’d be crazy not to!) you need to subscribe to his blog (don’t forget to subscribe to mine first, though).

Finally, there’s one more link for you to follow, and that’s to support Paul’s fundraising for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He has already raised $1390, and has just reset his target to $1750. This is a worthy cause, and I am sure that whatever you are able to contribute will be gratefully recieved – no amount too small… or too large 😉 Click on this link to donate.

Links – Paul Strikwerda’s personal website

What Some Clients Won’t Tell You – Read this blog post from Paul Strikwerda

Donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Help Paul Strikwerda raise funds to fight MS


One thought on “Need to know

  • Paul Strikwerda

    Why did I just now see this?

    Thank you for highlighting my blog, my website and my MS campaign, Andy!

    At the end of the day, my voice-over colleagues raised $2500 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

    What a great community to be part of!

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