THE BIG GRAB is underway.
A certain unethical, voracious, unscrupulous juggernaut of a P2P wants it all, and they’re slithering onward with their plan.
What will YOU do?
Look, we all know of whom I speak, so let’s just call this scurrilous company “X”.
“X” just wasn’t making enough money, apparently, with the non-union VO jobs from which they were skimming scandalous sums off-the-top… so now they’re going after the rest.
“X” absorbed a long time player in the system that was a connection between clients/producers and the agency/union system of opportunities. A few talent agents with their heads on straight jumped ship right away, and organized their own clearinghouse for that established system. Good for them.
The less-agile of the agencies are still with “X” in the grab for union jobs, and now you’re starting to see those audition pop into your email box. It may LOOK like just another lead from your agent, but it’s being funneled through “X”, and likely both you and your agent are being taken to the cleaners in the same style that “X” is famous for with their “managed jobs”.
Where’s the union in all this??? Lord knows! They’re the only entity with enough heft to make “X” sit up and take notice, but they’re silent on this issue so far. We’ll see.
In the meantime, again I ask: “What will YOU do?”
In the end, it’s up to us…all of us…one-by-one… to speak up to our clients, our agents, our prospects, people who are busy casting VO work…EVERYONE in the job chain.
It’s up to us to point out to them that this prowling lion is plying their unethical business practices in a play for the last bastion of dignity when it comes to VO rates.
Those voiceover talents who ARE asking those questions of their clients are finding almost unanimous appreciation for doing so. Many of those producers/end-clients are just going about their busy day not paying a lot of attention to the marketplace politics, and don’t wanna be ripped off any more than you do!
Step up. Ask the tough question. You’ll be glad you did, and so will your business relations.
BTW, WoVO is sponsoring the next Rates Roundtable on this very topic, and we have some of the top people in the biz on our blue-ribbon panel to discuss.
You won’t want to miss it. We record our session on Wed., Feb 7th, and it’ll be available by that evening.
WoVO will also be forthcoming with a statement on this, and some direct appeals to our members to help take action.
In the meantime, don’t think I’m the only one sounding the clarion call. Check this article for more info. Very nicely stated.