Friday, 5 August 2016

Freelancing Week AMA Answers Part 2!

Right we're back with more questions. Let's just jump right into it.

Fang asked me if I've ever worked for free for friends/anyone to build up my profile. I've never written for free. Ever. I've written for friends a few times but they've always insisted on paying me, which was quite nice of them. If they hadn't mentioned it I'd have done it for free too.

I have done voice work for free though. I've taken part in two audio dramas. It was pretty fun to act out a death scene! I've also given my voice to a video game for free. Well, I got a copy of the game (or will do when it's released) so I'm not sure that counts. I've always loved video games and being in one was a dream come true so I was more than happy to do that for free. It was kinda cool too. Their sound guy called me on Skype and directed me through what to say and how to say it. It was pretty interesting and something I would love to do again.

That's it for Fang's questions. He didn't bother asking any more on the AMA announcement. Nice of him to give someone else a go.

Christine asked what my favourite bit of freelancing work has been, why, and if I could have made it better. I do so much work it's hard to recall individual jobs but if I had to choose just one thing I really enjoyed doing it was when I was hired to read a bunch of nursery rhymes for a kids audio book. I got to do some fun voices and be silly because it was aimed at kids. I do enjoy doing things like that. I'm just really bad at letting go and just being a big doofus. So it was pretty fun when someone actually paid me to do it. If I could have done anything better with that job I would have to say I wish I had a better vocal range. My voice is kind of flat and monotone. It's good for some things but it's bad for character voices and I wish I could have added more depth to the story through more distinct character voices.

Debra asked what the most difficult thing I've had to write about is. There's this one guy who hires me to write about ClickBank products. These are the things you see all the time that offer you the answers to life, the universe, and everything for just $200, no wait $97, I mean $47, unless you try and close the page in which it becomes $27. Most of them are actually kinda fun to write about and I now know the secrets of erectile dysfunction (I even talked about it to Fang for...whatever reason) but I've also had to write descriptions for survival guides. I've also had to write one or two myself from scratch. They've made me a lot more doom and gloom about the world than I would like to be. Just last week the power went out and within 10 minutes I bought a wind up torch/phone charger and was considering a solar generator/solar panels. Actually when I have the money I'm going to buy a solar generator. But I would like to avoid going full on prepper for as long as I can.

These kind of things can also make me feel bad on a personal level because it's writing about things that promise to do all kinds of things including curing Alzheimer's. My stepdad has Alzheimer's and if I believed for even a second that any of these products worked I'd buy them. But I don't. Most of them feel like scams to me and I have to write about them as if they really work and that can kinda bog me down at times, you know?

Shit I hope the guy doesn't read that. I still do regular work for him on those things. That's one of the major downsides of freelancing. Sometimes you have to grin and bear it and do things you don't really approve of. I know a guy who is the voice of an erectile dysfunction aid but hey, 20 bucks is 20 bucks and we love teasing him about it. He always joins in on the fun too.

You've got to be able to laugh at yourself folks.

There are a few other questions, including some more from Debra herself, but this has been long winded enough as it is. See you next time for more answers.


  1. Yeah, just being able to joke about things goes a long way to distancing yourself from it, keeping yourself sane. Kind of an odd parallel to make here, but I think the same goes for the recent unrest what with all those terrorist attacks. We need to be able to joke and laugh about the absurdity of it all, it's not healthy to treat everything 100% soberly.

  2. Interesting answers today Mark. I didn't think about the downside of when you don't necessarily approve of things.

  3. Very informative! Yes, a sense of humour is ALWAYS a "must" in life.

  4. A great insight into your professional life.

  5. The closest I came to working for free is that I gave a friend a copy of my book. I didn't ask for money. I only asked that he write a review. That MAY be working for free, though. It had better be a good review.

  6. The closest I came to working for free is that I gave a friend a copy of my book. I didn't ask for money. I only asked that he write a review. That MAY be working for free, though. It had better be a good review.

  7. Keep them coming, very interesting!


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