I've been recording a lot of revisions lately. It's been for clients both new and returning, both foreign and domestic.
Before we go any further, let's make sure we're on the same page about what "revisions" means...
My definitions of retakes vs. revisions hasn't changed since I last talked about it in this blog from 2017, but let's lay it out for those of you who have more recently arrived to the party. (is blogging a party?)
“Retakes” are when you have to re-record audio because you made a boo-boo (a mispronunciation, misread, etc.).
“Revisions” are when you have to re-record audio because the client made changes to the script after you have submitted the audio files.
Revisions can happen for a number of reasons. For example:
Facts/data have changed since the script was originally written
The client forgot to send the script to their legal department for review (this happens A LOT)
Now that the client heard what they wrote, they just don't like the way it sounds
Anyway, many of my clients have been sending me a copious amount of revisions lately. I have charged them accordingly as per my Change Request Policy and it's mostly been smooth sailing.
I think it's happening because the COVID-19 pandemic has displaced many employees. Since so many people are working from home now, lines of communication are not as efficient as they used to be so things are falling through the cracks. My theory is substantiated by the fact that lately when I've been live-directed, some of the clients on the line don't have the same version of the script.
TIP OF THE WEEK
As an effective voice actor, you need to have your Change Request Policy approved by the client BEFORE you record anything. This will save both you and the client time, energy, and headaches. You can see mine by downloading a free copy of the 'Voiceover Project Service Guarantee Template' at the VO Strategist Shop.
RESOURCES & RECOMMENDATIONS
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Today's recommendation: audio interfaces! I heartily recommend the Steinberg UR12 USB Audio Interface.