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Demystifying Voice Artist Contracts: Tips and Legal Help
Contracts can be overwhelming, especially for voice artists who need to ensure their rights are protected, and their work is used according to agreed-upon terms. In this blog post, we will discuss the essentials of voice artist contracts, what to look out for, and the importance of seeking legal help when needed. We will also touch on valuable resources like NAVA, the National Association of Voice Actors, which can provide valuable advice, workshops, and mentorship for both union and non-union voice artists.
Key Elements of Voice Artist Contracts
When examining a contract, there are several crucial elements to look for:
1. Scope of the Job: The contract should include the name of the company, the script (if applicable), payment terms, and the date of the contract. This ensures that all parties are clear on the expectations and responsibilities involved in the project.
2. Usage: The contract should specify where and how long the voice recording will be used. This is important, as it prevents your work from being used in ways you did not agree to, and without appropriate compensation.
3. Exclusions: As a voice artist, it's essential to ensure that your voice recordings cannot be used for purposes you did not explicitly agree to, such as AI generation or synthetic voices. Make sure the contract explicitly states that your voice cannot be used in these ways without your permission.
Resources for Voice Artists
If you are unsure of any aspect of a contract or require legal assistance, there are several options available:
1. Hire a lawyer: Rob Sciglimpaglia is a well-known industry lawyer who can help voice artists navigate contracts, and even offers a retainer service for ongoing legal support.
2. Union or Agent Assistance: If you are part of a union or have an agent, they can provide support and guidance in reviewing contracts and ensuring your rights are protected.
3. NAVA, the National Association of Voice Actors: This organization offers workshops, classes, advice, and mentorship for voice artists, regardless of whether they are part of a union or not. Nava can also provide assistance in understanding and navigating contracts.
Challenge Yourself and Seek Help When Needed
It's crucial for voice artists to familiarize themselves with the key elements of contracts and seek legal help when needed. By understanding the essential terms and conditions and knowing when to consult professional assistance, you can protect your work and navigate contracts with confidence.
In conclusion, navigating voice artist contracts may seem intimidating, but by understanding the key elements, seeking legal assistance when necessary, and utilizing resources like NAVA, you can ensure your work is protected and used according to your agreed-upon terms. Remember to challenge yourself to learn more about contracts and to seek help when needed.
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About Anne Ganguzza
Recipient of multiple Voice Arts Awards for Outstanding Narration Demo - Anne Ganguzza is California-based Voice Over Coach and award-winning Director & Producer specializing in target-marketed voiceover Demo Production. Anne's production team creates SOVAS-nominated demos across several genres, including Commercial, Corporate Narration, and eLearning, and her VO BOSS podcast is the winner of SOVAS Outstanding Podcast in 2022.