You know what’s so funny to me, as a political voice talent?
It’s not the politicians or referendums or the political action committees. Those are just grown-ups trying to do that which they think is right.
Well, in a few cases, it is grown-ups behaving badly.
But what I find so terribly funny about being a voice talent for political spots is that I myself am so completely not political. I’m just not.
I am intentionally not affiliated with a political party. I don’t donate to political causes. I’m not a rally attender.
I do vote, every election without exception. I am amazed when I hear how many people do not vote. People died for me so I’d have that right in the democracy of my nation! What the heck?! Vote people!
Me being not very political doesn’t mean I don’t have opinions, I do. Every voice talent does. Every person does.
I just don’t blast it upon the world (as I hear and see others do) Plus I stay far away from mentioning any thing political on social media. To me that’s just professional suicide, no matter what your job is.
Nope, I just give the client the best and most appropriate read for the script. Work fast, be fun to work with and then get paid. It’s been a winning formula thus far.
So what happens if I get a political commercial script that I really have a problem with?
Likely what I’ll do is contact a fellow voice talent whose personal views maybe more in line with the script’s content and see if I can foster a connection. Why?
First of all, this is a business transaction, it’s not meant to be personal. Some people see it otherwise, but I don’t. It’s business.
Often times, also, the campaign managers or political consultants who send me scripts work on a wide range of campaigns. So while I may not work with them on one campaign, we may have no problem working together on another campaign.
Politics is about relationships. Voiceover is about relationships. So I guess in a sense, I am a little political. Here’s a link to my political demo, if you’d like to listen.