Voice actor Chris Edgerly is here once again with the TWENTIETH! video in the #VONotes series and in this episode, he’s talking about dealing with voice acting critics and trolls! The #VONotes series is a video series designed to answer common questions about the voice acting industry and each video contains some great tips and references for aspiring voice actors everywhere! If you missed the previous videos in the #VONotes series you can catch up on those here.
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Today on #VONotes I’m gonna talk about critics and trolls and what to do about them!
Here’s a hint…NOTHING!
So, it’s pretty safe to say that everyone is a critic. Even I’m a critic when I watch something. I decide whether or not I like it or have any feeling about it at all.
I’m happy to have anyone voice an opinion on what I do so long as they’re trying to be constructive. You certainly don’t have to like what I do…in fact, quite a few people have told me that they don’t! However, if someone is constructive, I will always listen.
There’s a difference, however, between being constructive and destructive.
A constructive critic may or may not like what you do, but they’re certainly going to give you a decent, valid reason as to why. But, when you’re destructive, that’s not really a critic anymore, that is a troll – somebody who is not adding to the conversation anymore, they’re just trying to ruin it.
If you’re new to the game and some of your work is starting to be reviewed or noticed on message boards, chatrooms, reviews, things like that, just remember this…
There are about seven billion people in the world and that means that there are about seven billion different opinions. You can’t get everyone to like what you do! Just do the best work you can, put it out there, and hope that some people connect with it.
So…if you encounter someone online who just insists on trashing you, the best thing to do is to simply ignore them! They’re not really worth your time. They’re not saying anything that you’re going to benefit from. And they’re certainly not trying to make you a better voice actor by doing it!
I like to take what I call the Brick Tamland approach – you Anchor Man fans out there, that’s Steve Carrell’s character – anytime anybody is obviously trying to troll you – if you decide to even answer – give them a nice:
“HEY, YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY!”
This is the best way to, in my opinion, troll a troll.
Your time is valuable to you, realize that you won’t please everyone, you certainly shouldn’t try, you should just do the best work you can and let the critics and the trolls fall where they may.
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