I did something I’ve hardly ever done before. I actually turned down a voiceover audition because the copy I was going to read contained an F word. At this point in my life, I’ve decided that isn’t something I want to do. Sometimes you just have to say no.
I can’t mention the project or company, but it’s a studio I highly respect. I’m sure it’s a great gig and someone else will enjoy working on it. Goodness knows I’ve worked on some pretty weird shows in the past.
I guess having other interests and my own business makes it easier to pick and choose what I want to do. Not that I’m rich or anything and couldn’t have used the job. Also, it’s a little unseemly to be a woman “of a certain age” with a big time potty mouth. I’ve never been big on cussing. It’s always seemed to be a tawdry way to either shock or go for laughs, and doesn’t show much cleverness or originality.
The thing is; I’m in no way a prude. I came of age at a time of free love and was a theatre major to boot.
I had to chew out a fan of mine on Facebook the other day. He thought it was alright to put a video on my wall that had a sleazy scene in it. I took it down and sent him a message asking him not to do it again. I’d prefer to put my own stuff on my wall and will usually take down stuff that’s unsolicited.
Also, remember if you’re going to suck on a banana, (in a suggestive kind of way) remember I’m probably old enough to be your mother. I’m sure your mother would give you some soap to suck on instead.
Anyway, just thought I’d mention the fact that it’s ok to turn down gigs that don’t align with your values. (even if you did stuff in the past strictly for the money) We actors can sort of “prostitute” ourselves sometimes.
I appreciate being considered however. I hope the next time another voiceover gig comes along they’ll ask me again.