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Lose Graciously And Win

Let me tell you a tale about two different voice actors. Both whom auditioned for the same gig. Neither whom were awarded the project.

Voice Actor 1

crying-babyUpon receiving an email from the prospective client informing them they had not been awarded the project, voice actor 1 began to stew. “How did I not get this,” they wondered to themselves? “I nailed that audition,” they proclaimed! “Does the client not get what I bring to the table,” they pondered?

In response to the clients email, voice actor 1 drafts a letter. In said letter, they outlined all the various and assorted “qualities” they’d bring to the table if the client would reconsider. The voice actor comments on turnaround time, attempts to negotiate budget, offers to re-submit a new audition.

It’s the sales pitch of all sales pitches. Only, the voice actor is missing the point. The client has already chosen someone else!

Voice Actor 2

happy-babyThe second voice actor handles things a bit differently. After reading the email from the client, voice actor 2 is actually grateful the client even bothered to take the time to inform them of the project status. After all, how many clients actually do that?

Instead of stewing, instead of pitching, voice actor 2 makes the decision to accept what is, knowing they submitted their best audition and offered their best service. “I’m not going to be right for every project,” they remind themselves.

“Thank you for the opportunity to audition for your project, I appreciate it. And thank you, especially, for letting me know the project has been awarded. I wish you great success and look forward to the opportunity to work with you again soon.”

Lose Graciously And Win

This is a fictitious story. Or is it? But it does have a moral.

When you don’t book the job remember, if you lose graciously you still win! Click to Tweet

Consider this, when it comes time for the client in question to cast another project, who do you suppose they’re going to reach out to first?