I’ve recently experienced a large upswing in video spokesperson orders and an utter collapse of voiceover work. It’s a bit puzzling to me because my green screen video gig has been around for months but was virtually comatose in terms of impressions and orders, and now it is my best performing gig and this has suddenly become my best month of business.
The thing is, I’ve noticed a fairly consistent trend in the types of video orders I am receiving. They are predominantly catered towards humor with me playing a “less than savory” individual (stoner, sleazeball, bully, creep, etc.) and rarely as a straightforward “normal person.” I’m not exactly sure if I want to potentially be typecast as “that” type of guy.
Personally, I find the funny/oddball scripts the easiest to do and have fun doing them, and I am fully aware I do not look like the regular, run-of-the mill clean cut, attractive, presentable spokesperson and therefore shouldn’t expect scripts that would be given to “regular” spokespeople. I guess my appearance and long hair just scream out “80’s car salesman” or “creep hanging out at the bar.”
I guess my post boils down to this. Should I dive headfirst and fully embrace the odd/funny/sleazy/creepy roles, or should I attempt to still maintain some sort of variety so to attempt to appeal to a larger potential buyer pool? I don’t really have that much choice over what roles I am given in orders, so maybe being typecast is unavoidable.
I really shouldn’t complain. It’s better to be in demand for something, than not wanted for anything.