Inner Diva Checklist
5 times to shut up during a session
One should expect a certain etiquette from talent during a recording session. The type of pro styling that comes when we do our jobs carefully, thoughtfully - purposefully.
Gone are times when "Ernie Anderson-esque" outbursts were acceptable in a workplace environment - though it's hard to understand how they ever were. Vanishing quickly too is the notion that a "great" actor requires the space to be rude, inconsiderate, or higher maintenance than those around him or her. To be truly "great" requires an ability to work well with a creative team, take direction quickly and without feather ruffling.
So with this in mind, I'm working on my own Inner Diva checklist, starting with -
Things to make sure a producer or director never hears during a session:
My too-actual personal life: "Last night I got so hammered..."
Complaints about the script: "Did they have spell check? Basic typing skills?"
Refusing direction: "No, I'm not doing another take for safety. If you don't have it by now..."
The Backout: "Look, maybe you need someone else." ie. I suck. Get someone else. Also - this doesn't seem to be working?
Premature demands prior to recording: "Can I get a copy of the spot once it airs? I need it for my website..."
And yes, things that appear to be self-explanatory upon reflection are all things I have done. We live, learn, and try to get as much growth out of ourselves as possible. What I know is that, as a voice talent in a booth, working with incredible creative teams, it helps to check that inner diva at the door.