I was going to wait until a bit later in these articles to bring this up, but after talking with a few of my casting director friends, I feel like the sooner I can touch on some of the mistakes we can make as voice actors the better.
Okay. Real Talk for a minute.
Like it or not - whether you think it’s fair or not - every casting director and most actors have a List. For some people it’s called a blacklist, for others it’s simply “that list of people I will never ever work with because of ______.” Actors and directors follow these lists very carefully based on their experiences. Whether or not you’re on a list makes the difference between getting invited to auditions, collaborations, and other business opportunities that could be advantageous to your career as a voice actor... or not. These lists also grow and change over time, but it’s vital to remember that because online voiceover is a very small and niche community, if you’re on one person’s list, chances are that they’re telling others to add you to their own.
Fortunately, getting on one of these lists really only happens because of poor business sense. Part of being a professional in this industry means knowing that there are some major pitfalls and that you aren’t immune to them, no matter how much experience you have under your belt. Occasionally, some newcomers are very politely informed if they cross any boundaries, but you can’t count on being so lucky every time. And if you do have experience and ought to know better, you can permanently ruin your own career.
To make sure that this never happens to you, let’s look at some of the most common situations where voice actors have inadvertently sabotaged their relationship with other actors and directors.