So today’s FB voice over question of the day comes from…Ugh, I don’t remember. This was one of those I saw, said to myself “Hey, I should blog about that” then saw something shiny and moved on. Anywhoo, it’s still a good one. A voice actor said “A really powerful agent sent me a connection request on LinkedIn and I accepted but didn’t do anything else with it. Should I have sent a message or responded? Did I blow my shot?” I’m paraphrasing a bit but you get the idea.
I have some experience with this. I have been to a LOT of voice over conferences over the years. I’ve even been a presenter multiple times and media partner. As such, I meet a lot of voice over agents! I’ve interviewed them on my podcast The VO Meter, I’ve had lunch, dinner or drinks with them. Sometimes MANY drinks. Later, I may have connected with them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn. Do all of them represent me? No. Did I submit to all of them? OH YEAH.
In some cases it has worked out. I’m proud to say I have personal relationship with all my representation. In other cases, it has not. I still remain friends or connected with many entertainment agents who do not represent me. Sometimes I hope a future professional relationship will blossom. Sometimes I just think they are cool people.
So, if an agent follows you on insta, retweets something you posted, or connects with you on LinkedIn, don’t panic. Act like, you know…a human. Create a relationship, foster it, maybe share a cat video with them. After all, we’re all just humans trying to survive on this crazy spinning top we call earth.