1) Last week I called to task a certain hi-profile VO coaching school for utilizing a series of increasingly rude autoresponder emails to coerce wannabe VO talent to sign-up for their program. [WHEN DOES AN OFFER BECOME OFFENSIVE?]
2) I followed up the next day with some suggestions for how to spot hi-pressure sales and predatory coaches that is typically not substantiated with a good track record. [THE ANTIDOTE]
3) On the third day, I posted a response from a manager of that VO coaching company claiming the offensive emails were an aberration, and that this was not the way they do business anymore. [PUDDING] (I opined as a closing thought in that article that the proof is in the pudding, so to speak, meaning time will tell, or I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt)
The rest of the story:
Unbeknownst to me, a friend and fellow voice-actor did a little checking. After my “Pudding” blog, my friend signed-up for email list of the company in question. Remember this is AFTER the manager of the coaching company had reassured me they were no longer using offensive emails.
And guess what….?
My friend got the same series of offensive emails…verbatim…word for word…1-2-3.
My friend had to admit:
All the more reason to join us for this week’s #WoVOChat. The topic is: “FINDING GOOD COACHES IN TODAY’S INDUSTRY“. WoVOChats are (big surprise) a program of World-Voices Organization, and Brad Venable is driving the boat for the chats these days. He’s supported by the incredibly smart content manager and pro voice talent Pamela Muldoon who acts as our chat architect and moderator.