As we chase our dreams of landing big, frequent, and well-paid jobs, many of us yearn for the stardom that could come along with a high-profile role. However, amid the pursuit of these lofty aspirations in the voiceover industry, one vital aspect often overlooked is the potential for a conflict of interest. So, what does this term mean within the voiceover context, and how do we manage its intricacies? Let's delve into this unique subject matter - voiceover conflicts of interest.
Understanding the concept of a conflict of interest necessitates a couple of perspectives. One instance might involve two rival companies engaged in an unsolvable dispute over a particular issue. Another scenario could entail an individual gaining personal advantages from decisions they make professionally, thereby crossing ethical boundaries. The voiceover world, like any other industry, values trust, honesty, and integrity, which means it's essential to comprehend how conflicts of interest can arise within this profession.
Let's visualize a typical situation. After collaborating with a production house, you, as a voice actor, have successfully launched a high-scale TV campaign for McDonald's, set to air globally for two years. This lucrative gig lands you a generous six-figure sum. However, a year into this campaign, your financial reserves are dwindling, and you've been out of work for a considerable period. Then, the good news arrives: your agent has an exciting new project lined up, another promising TV campaign with a potential six-figure payout. But the brand in question turns out to be Burger King, McDonald's biggest rival!
This scenario presents a significant conflict of interest. Given your recent association with McDonald's, it would be ill-advised and ethically questionable to work for their main competitor. Accepting the initial job has effectively barred you from collaborating with rival companies for a substantial duration. This prohibition underlines why bigger clients compensate for usage rights.
Suppose you decide to ignore this conflict and accept the Burger King offer. The likely outcome? If Burger King identifies your previous commitment, they would most likely terminate your contract and might impose a penalty for breaching their exclusivity clause. Similarly, McDonald's could seek legal action against you if the Burger King campaign were to be aired.
Thus, to avoid such repercussions, it's prudent to discuss potential high-profile projects with your agent, thoroughly understand the contractual obligations, and avoid working for competing brands within short timeframes. Aspiring to be a star in the voiceover industry is admirable, but it's equally important to navigate the potential pitfalls professionally and ethically.
Voiceover Conflicts of Interest by Alan Shires