This is a subject I’ve written about in the past, but I think it’s one worth revisiting. Especially since the summer vacation season is upon us.
If you’re building your business the right way, you should have a number of clients that you work with consistently. These are your bread and butter clients.
I like to refer to these jobs as the ones that walk through my door. I don’t have to audition or search them out on casting sites. These are the clients you’ve built a relationship with and when they need you, they just send a script and know you’ll be there.
But will you be there?
Vacation Notice For Voice Over Clients
The debate rages on amongst voice over actors about whether or not you bring road gear with you when you vacation. Arguments can be made for either side and, honestly, that’s another debate for another day. And another blog post!
For this post, let’s assume vacation means vacation. As in… no work.
None of us like to let down our regular clients and I think it’s safe to say none of us like to leave money on the table. Nothing worse than losing a few hundred (or thousand dollars) because you’ve gone away and are unable to record!
Here’s the thing, it can be avoided. To an extent.
Plan Ahead… Give Notice
If you’ve got summer vacation plans in place already, that means you know when you’re going to be gone. Giving your regular clients plenty of heads up notice could prevent you from losing work while you’re away.
I’ve done it in the past. I let clients know the dates I’m planning to be on vacation and if they know they’ve got projects coming up that will require my voice, they either bump them up to complete the voice over early, or push them back, so we can work on it when I return.
More often than not, your regular clients are going to be happy to accommodate you. It’s in everyone’s best interest.
Don’t Just Auto-respond It
There’s nothing worse than sending an email to someone you work with and getting the vacation auto-responder. Now you know you’re stuck. Either you’ve got to wait or you’ve got to make other plans. But you had no advanced notice. Personally, I think it’s a poor way to do business.
A quick call or email is all it takes. And if you know you’ve made the arrangements ahead of time, you’ll be able to relax all the more during your vacation knowing you’re not losing money while you’re away!
Happy Summer Holidays!