Thursday, November 19, 2009

Go The Extra Mile: How To Impress Your Voice-over Clients

In a competitive industry like voice overs, it is important to go the extra mile to impress your clients. The more icing you put on the cake, the better chance you'll have of landing another gig with them or be recommended to another potential client. There are tons of ways you can add that extra special something to really impress them, and here are just a few!


1. Make sure that you are able to deliver the services you offer, but if you can't, recommend someone in your network who can! Recommending someone else for a voice job you landed shows integrity and respect for the client's needs. They will probably come back to you because they trust your intentions.

2. @TheVoiceofBrian says: Serve your clients not just with your talent, but build a relationship with them that could potentially get you more work. Be sensitive to their needs and be aware of their work ethic.

3. Brian also emphasized the importance of a speedy turnaround. As soon as your client asks for a spot, record it as soon as possible and send it to them. Same-day delivery shows dedication and really sets you above the rest.

4. Show that you value your clients. The relationship with your client is a two-way street. Just as you would hope your client would refer business to you, be on the lookout for opportunities or contacts they might want to network with. If you hear of an opportunity that will benefit their business, share it with them! They'll appreciate your interest in their business even if it doesn't directly benefit you.

5. Send your clients a note during the holidays, even if you haven't worked with them in a while. The note or card should wish them a happy holiday, and it will also remind them that you would like to continue doing business with them.

What ways are YOU impressing your clients? Are your tricks to go the extra mile growing your voice over career? Share with us!

2 comments:

  1. Good advice here - Also, sending a handwritten note or even an email after a session is a good one, too. I can count one hand how often that has happened this year and we hire a lot of talent. Another way is to not rush - some VO folks think clients will be impressed if you have to dash off to another gig. They would rather have your undivided attention at the VO session.

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  2. Great advice! Thanks -- it's nice that the hand-written note is still 'noted' and appreciated. I definitely agree about not rushing out of an audition. Not only will it be clear that you're trying to impress the client with an excuse that may or may not be real, but it's just downright rude!

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