Audio: When is it Sensible to Say “No” To a VO Opportunity?

by Kevin Delaney

Thanks to everyone who tuned in & participated in our live Webinar with Ed Victor! It was a stimulating session!

If you missed it, or want to hear it again, here’s the recorded audio: (48 minutes)

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Recently, VO artist Ed Victor (a.k.a. “The Big Gun”) started a discussion at his Working Voice Actor LinkedIn group on the topic of when it might be appropriate for an artist to turn down an audition or other opportunity.
Voiceover Artist Ed Victor
Ed told of being requested to read for a national spot, which he was initially flattered by. When he saw the copy, he felt he wasn’t right for it. Additionally, the client was only seeing artists in person, and to get there and back would have meant a 3-hour drive for Ed.

Ed opted not to do it. His agent praised him for his integrity & professionalism, and reminded him that many more opportunities were in store.

Under what circumstances is it a good idea to pass on a chance to read for something — or to say “no” to actual paid work? That’s what Ed, I, and a bunch of very cool listeners talk about in this Webinar.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Paul Baxendale March 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Hey Ninja!

I just wanted to say Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou for putting together this blog and putting so much effort into getting such valuable information out into the world. I know you’ve said that starting the blog has been beneficial for you in many unexpected ways, and I sincerely hope it continues to be… heaven knows you are providing invaluable wisdom and insight to countless others!!!

I’ve been taking classes in the Bay Area but havent been totally satisfied with them, and was wondering what to do next. Shortly after discovering your blog, I devoured all of your articles/webinars and learned so much, then was so excited to learn that Adam Harrington is here in Oakland as well, and that his teacher is also based in the area! I’ve already signed up for the video game class he is offering here beginning next week, and can’t wait to try out some of the other classes that are offered by his mentor, Susan McCollom!

You are a generous and talented fellow! Thanks for spreading it around!!!

All the Best,


Dana Detrick from Serious Vanity Music March 29, 2011 at 10:12 am

Great dialogue! It’s great to get others’ perspectives on the business practices that not only affect our day-to-day incomes, but the industry overall. This was fun to take part in. Thank you, Kevin and Ed!

Mark Dodson March 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

The Ninja with The Big Gun… Dangerous! – First I should say that I’ve been enjoying, learning from and commiserating with both of your webinars and Youtube videos for the past year. Thank you for all the time that you both put in to help your fellow voice brothers and sisters.

As someone with over 25 years in voice over, I have had to say no many times for all of the reasons cited. Ed is right on, with his 30 years in a voice actors career. At first we say yes to all, partly because we need the bucks, also because at first we’re finding our voice. Later on, we know what we are right for and wasting not only our time but the producers time on what will end up making me, the talent, look bad, does nobody any good. Ed, you did what a seasoned voice actor should do. If you know you’re not right for the part, politely say you’re not right for it.

Next time you say no, call me and let me know who’s casting! lol

Thanks again… you keep makin’ ’em and we’ll keep listenin’.

Mark Dodson

Judy Greenberg March 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm

thank you Kevin & Ed for the informative teleseminar you so generously shared. It is always refreshing to hear from the pros, especially if you are a newcomer to the business. Though turning down an audition may not make sense to some, it makes percfect sense to me….so thanks for the validation.


Judy greenberg

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