Caring enough to seriously not care about online feedback

Posted on November 22, 2011 by

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Feedback on Voice123 is used as one method to help build relationships between voice talent and voice seekers (read more on this topic here), but perhaps the biggest issue with online feedback on all websites is that it reflects a “choice”, and not “why it happened in that specific moment”. I do test the site, and I see the conversations about this topic, and thank those who share the conversations between clients with me, in which they discussed the system in place on Voice123. Through all of it, I have noticed a counter-intuitive psychology to online feedback, that I sum up with this sentence:

  • When you care enough to send the very best, the best of you who tries to be an artist, the more feedback systems work in your favor.

Why is this? It boils down to the very psychology of why we help or don’t help others:

  • We do not help people who appear desperate, as we fear we will just enable their desperation.
  • We help those who we truly find “nice”.
  • We help those who are trying to progress.
  • We help those who have nothing to lose. They are easier to help. There is no guilt involved.
  • We help those we can invest a piece of ourselves in.

But what if…someone were to do such an incredibly horrible audition on purpose, with the intention of indirectly saying, “I think you should rank me ‘wont be considered’. Well…I tried this last week.

Now, admittedly, the feedback system is not even feedback. It displays a casting choice. But that raises the question, “Why would they not even use “Wont Be Considered”?” We send this to every voice seeker to show them how it works, so why did no one euthanize my audition? Could it be…focusing too much on what others “will think” before getting behind the mic, hurts more because the focus now has drifted from being an artist, which is what a person was looking to hire? Is it possible caring too much what others think, actually stunts artistic progress? If you did your best, why would you have regrets?

Let’s talk about it! What do you think?

Photo by Karl Bakla