The Voice Talent Agent “New Years Resolutions”

Happy 2010!  I took December off from blogging but I plan to be back full-tilt this year with more posts than my track record would lead one to expect.

2009 was a good year in many ways and it was the year I finally took an office space.  Up until this past fall, I had run the PN Agency and Ethnic Voice Talent audio empire from the comfort of my home office, and of course by blackberry when I’m out of town, or at the pub.  The advantages to working from home are many, most notably that the walk to work is quite convenient, you can set your own hours, write off your home office expenses, and dress is always casual.

The disadvantage, in addition to providing absolutely no structure to one’s day, is that call business calls come to your home.  Now, I forward the business line to my office when I’m there and then back again when I’m not. My business line rang at 11:57 pm on New Years Eve.  I was in, with my 5-week old son asleep on my lap, thinking “who is calling the biz line at 11:57 pm on New Years Eve??!”   The person did not leave a message but I did get an e-mail 10 minutes later on my blackberry.  I checked call display and it was the same person, an aspiring voice talent.  Did she expect someone to answer the agency line on New Years Eve? And if I had answered, what would she have said? Did she not have anything else to do on New Years Eve, and if so, why not call at 8:30 pm?   I mean, even if you’re home alone for New Years Eve, are you not watching the countdown at 11:57??

If I had the time and a government grant to study it, I think research would show I get more talents approaching my agency for representation in January than any other month/time of the year.  This is likely because the end of the year inspires a lot of us to reflect on what changes we’d like to make in our lives for the coming year.  For talents, nothing says change more than getting an agent and/or firing your old one!

And another thing about the start of another new year…So begins the debate about how long one has to type some variation of “Happy New Year” or “Happy 2010” in each first time correspondence with a new person. 

At any rate, in the spirit of voice talents who have “Get a new voice agent” at the top of their resolutions list, I now present:

NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS OF A VOICE TALENT AGENT

1)I will blog more often and every post will be its own version of riveting.

2)I will respond to voice talents seeking representation in a timely manner.

3)I will not surf the web aimlessly during business hours.

4)I will define timely ASAP (see #2).

5)I will network more but only authentically.

6)I will not call screen annoying clients.

7)I will not cruelly tease the talents I represent by telling them I’m thinking of lowering the agency commission rate.

8)I will finally assemble a Punjabi voice roster for www.ethnicvoicetalent.com

9)I will not forward horrendously bad voice demos to colleagues for comedic effect.

10)I will schedule more lunches with clients of my voice talent agency and actually pick up the tab on occasion.

11)I will show great appreciation and deep affection for all talents on my roster 365 days a year.

12)I will look at this list at least three times after February 1st.

Happy New Year (good until January 12th)!

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6 Responses to “The Voice Talent Agent “New Years Resolutions””

  1. While we’re thinking about resolutions » The Voiceover Boblog Says:
    January 2nd, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    […] Posted January 2, 2010 by Bob Roger King, El Presidente of PN Agency in Canada, blogs about his Resolutions as a Voice Talent Agent. […]

  2. Bob Souer Says:
    January 2nd, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Roger,

    Fascinating story and I look forward to reading what you write in this new year. May it be a great year for you, your agency and your talent.

    Be well,
    Bob

  3. Carl Kwan Says:
    January 3rd, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Good luck with your resolutions, Roger. Just wondering if there’s a way to subscribe to your blog as I couldn’t find a subscribe button. Thanks 🙂

  4. Dan Nims Says:
    January 3rd, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    It is good to reflect on what changes a person wants to effect when the calendar flips over. Best wishes for continued success as we move into twenty-ten!

    Now, let me get back to composing my own list!

  5. Ian Fults Says:
    January 5th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    As a memeber of the dreaded “Voice Talent looking for representation” caste, I found your article above very refreshing and brutally honest. Never get much of that these days, so thanks Roger for your insight!

    Got linked to this thanks to Deb Munroe, my Jedi Instructor in all things Voice. Yes, it is a dream to be represented, but so far, doing pretty good on my own. It is tough, but one must keep all options open.

    As for “resoultions, I think more of “Personal Goals” that do not need a year to do, so some goals I have set for myself : becomea Full Time Voice Over Artist witin 2 years : Get a Voice Gig on any PIXAR Animated film in 10 years.

    The Dream will never die.

    Cheers!

  6. Thierry Says:
    January 5th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I especially like the no. 7 among your resolutions, Roger. 🙂

    Happy New Year and all the best to you and your family in 2010!

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