My first national commercial! So exciting. I booked it and did the recording session via Source Connect in mid-June. They wanted the read “in the style of CELBRITY NAME REDACTED” so that’s what I did.
There were 5 people online for the session in addition to me and the engineer. At first, I worried that would be too many opinions, but it was not. It was a wonderfully collaborative session and a fun and informative experience. I was honored to work with them and hope I will again.
Over the 2-hour studio session we arrived at 4 reads that they said they liked. They went so far as to praise me for four totally different interpretations that all worked with the video and music bed. I was flattered and on top of the world!
It would begin airing in about a month during certain Olympic broadcasts.
So, in mid-July, I started searching online, watching on television, and overall looking and listening for the commercial. And then it came…no, NOT the commercial, the email telling me I would not hear my voice. That the end client decided to use the actual celebrity on which my read styles were based. And further, because the contract stipulated, I had to appear in the final materials to be paid the usage…I would not receive that fee payment.
Sure I was a disappointed, but losing a celebrity sounding commercial to the celebrity themselves? Hell, that’s a win. I still got the experience of working with some great people, performing ‘for real’ and I got paid the session fee. And my time studying with many experienced voice actors tells me that this almost a right of initiation into the business. It’s just part of the deal.
It’s useless to brood and stew when things like this happen. And if you’re all-in on your voice acting career, there’s no time for it either. Enjoy the moments, recognize the disappointments, tighten up your belt, and move on!
So yeah, it’s on my list as a success. You win some, you learn some, and you have fun either way.