That is the question. Of course, as voice actors, we want to give voice to everything in sight. However, when it comes to our own promotion, whether it be the slate on an audition or the greeting on our voicemail, should we use our own voice or that of one of our colleagues?
Both have their pros and cons. If we do our own, obviously it’s free. But, it also gives the listener a quick introduction to our voice print and vocal talents. Though, if we choose to use another’s voice to audibly introduce us, it lends an air of importance and accomplishment to our professional persona.
Unquestionably, if you opt for the latter choice, you will want to select a voice of the opposite gender so that there are no issues or questions for the listener as to whose voice it is. Also, you might want to try to arrange a voice-swap with the artist you choose in order to save yourself (and them) a few greenbacks.
Personally, I have always been torn between these two possibilities. I see the positives in both. While I have tried both, I have found the convenience and immediacy of self-voiced slates and VM messages too alluring to pass up, at this point. I like being able to customize my slates for the given audition, and feel that my VM message is a nice introduction to a potential client. Plus, if I need to change anything post-haste, I don’t have to wait to get it emailed to me at their convenience.
What are your thoughts?