Jack-of-all-Trades or Master of None?

by | Sep 25, 2012 | Ruminations

VoiceOver True-False:

  • These days it helps to diversify.
  • Niche work is where the world is heading.
  • The more skills I have, the more jobs I can legitimately claim to do.
  • I don’t want to confuse (dilute) the customer’s understanding of my talent.
  • I get the customer on voice work, then sell them on copywriting too.
  • My website should reflect all my various talents.
  • I create a different web presence for each different service I offer.
  • Audiobook publishers like to hire commercial voice-over talent.
  • Clients are impressed when I show them all I can do.
  • Specialization – even within VO – focuses your talent, and your job prospects.

I could go on.

By the way, I’m not at all sure of which ones are true and which are false, but I pose the questions, because they’re worthy of consideration.  Many’s the VO forum that has wrestled with the pros and cons of these issues…much like the question:  “Do I post my picture on my VoiceOver website?”

Lately, I’ve noticed more than a few VoiceOver websites that show at least one or two other services being offered (i.e. copywriting or production music).  Does this water-down the message, or add value to the marketing proposition?  I could probably be persuaded to believe that there are as many answers to the quandary as there are clients seeking freelancers.

I have my own thoughts about all this stuff, but I’d like to know what you think.  How do you approach the debate of specialization vs. generalization?




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