How does it feel to be criticized? Even when you invite it, it’s still sometimes hard to take. You say, “I welcome your comments,” and when someone does…it still stings a bit.
I recently heard a speaker, with a quote he attributed to Aristotle, lay out the three things you need to do to never feel the pain of a critical comment.
Here they are in a nutshell. Oh, and here’s who actually said it.
PS: To celebrate 100 episodes, I’m going to hold a virtual AMA – an “Ask Me Anything” session – for that particular video. I’ll be looking through all the comments you’ve left for the first 99 videos, and grabbing any really good questions you might have and answering them. You can also “ask me anything” via email: just send your question to me, at firstname.lastname@example.org, with the letters AMA in the subject line. I’ll try to answer all the questions I get – and it can be about anything you want to know about: VO, acting, on-camera presence, internet marketing, productivity, radio, TV, film, even the process and products I use to put out these videos.
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Hope this helps!
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You are up to 84 videos…and I have not missed one yet. Good content. I figured if you resolved to make 365 videos this year, I would resole to watch all 365. My job is certainly easier than yours, most of the time…
With that in mind, I would like to say that I believe I was indirectly criticized a few videos back, and thought I would bring it up based on todays topic. I made a choice not to post anything in the comments of that specific video because, like the old saying goes, “It would have been like trying to teach a pig to sing…it’s a waste of time, and it annoys the pig”, so I decided not to comment for fear of more backlash and criticism.
Here’s the indirect criticism I received , and it’s certainly not an isolated conversation just amongst commenters on your video, it’s a wide spread topic among VO talent.
FIVERR, and anyone who would sell their services (at poverty level rates) and devalue the entire VO marketplace, is an (insert your own negative expletive here). As one VO person I saw on YouTube said “It makes my blood boil”.
I wanted to clarify why I do work on Fiverr, and possibly shine light on my different perspective of the platform.
I work full time in VO. With over 20 years voice and production experience, including 15 years Corporate Production Director for a group of radio stations, I do quite well financially with VO work. Memberships on four of the top P2P sites, and my other private contacts, keeps me quite busy (mostly auditioning, but you know that game). I provide VO services on Fiverr as time allows these days. Yes…I said it! I provide my services there….and that makes me a bad person?
I signed up for Fiverr some time ago and was hired to do a few jobs here and there. No big deal. Just filling extra time and making a few extra dollars. Really kind of odd jobs…but I never thought to put the pieces together.
It wasn’t until I was approached by a teacher, who was providing a service to her classroom in Brazil, that it became clear to me that the perspective people have for what Fiverr is might not take all the information into account.
The school teacher (who teaches English) was putting together a class course and needed a General American VO for the project. The teacher explained to me that although the money I was asking was not too much, the cost was 4X more for her (3.78 percent) because of the exchange rate…and then the light went on. Fiverr is mostly made up of people from outside the USA, working and selling their services on a whole different financial scale and mindset. People who’s weekly wage we probably spend on Starbucks in a week.
I’ll tell you what I did. I did the job for the school in Brazil for $20 (about 100 words). To that teacher, that was about $75.00. Imagine, my voice will be helping to teach children to speak English in a classroom in Brazil. I volunteered to do the rest of the chapters at $5 each. It will take me about 10 minutes to record and upload each time. $30 an hour if you break it down. Lot’s of people would love to make $30 an hour across the USA that do do jobs way tougher than VO work.
Just so you know, for my private clients, and on the other platforms, I won’t voice anything for less than $100. I’m no Don LaFontaine or Paul Frees, but I charge appropriately to those who CAN afford it.
Let’s face it, we’re kinda spoiled. Not everyone in the world has what we have. One thing for sure they DON’T have is the General American voice that I can provide for so many projects all over the world. So I choose to share my talent.
A girl I produced a voiceover for in Norway, who was doing a “Bee Conservation” video project for school, got an inexpensive (but not cheap) VO from me. She was more than happy to provide me with a copy of her finished project…and it was REALLY good. She put her whole heart into it. An awesome feeling to be a part of that project.
I would respectfully ask people to put down the pitchforks and torches when it comes to all of us Monsters who would dare provide services on Fiverr, and take another look at that world marketplace with a different perspective. Maybe not criticize the platform so much. After all, there are bigger Dragons to slay, and I don’t believe the platform was created with the USA VO marketplace in mind (I’m not that myopic), but I could be wrong about that. I’m also certain Fiverr has received plenty of criticism…just like everything, and everyone does.
Now, as often as I can, I hire people on Fiverr to do small jobs for me. Little photoshop projects and the like, because these are people who need the income. The jobs get done quickly, and done well. I also have the option to give them a nice tip for a job well done. I don’t know how else a person from Bangladesh could ever collaborate with me on a project if not for the Fiverr platform.
Just some thoughts. Damn the torpedos.
THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is how to post a comment!
Thank you so much for laying that all out. I’d never thought of the second- or third-world countries that will likely not be able to afford anything remotely close to SAG-AFTRA rates. And you’re specific with who you offer your Fiverr rates to.
May I talk about this post in one of the videos? I don’t want to embarrass you by doing so.
Great post Jamie. Now I want to go on fiverr if for nothing else but to help someone who can really use the help. I feel fortunate in life that I have had the oportunity to record audiobooks and if I can help someone using my voice then what the heck. Well thought out post.
Yes. It is just fine to talk about, and comment on. I appreciate very much that you took the time to read my comment, and your kind words. Thank You David!!!