Business of VO: Awards and Self-Submission

“I’d like to thank the academy!” Who doesn’t dream of being an award-winning voiceover actor, recognized for their skill and efforts? A lot of people actually. It all depends on how you view the business of awards-shows. Anne and Gabby are on opposite sides of this coin (a shocking first!) So grab some popcorn and listen to today’s Game of Thrones inspired episode.


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Actress Gwendoline Christie self submitted to the Emmys and got nomination for the award even though HBO refused to submit her for the award. This bold move got us talking.

  2. Awards bring validation to hard work and can also act as a marketing tool.

  3. Many people believe that awards can be bought or manipulated to an unfair degree.

  4. Those who can spend a large amount of money on submission can often dominate a show or its categories.

  5. It is generally considered a ‘fair win’ if a company or another entity is submitting the nomination.

  6. Is it purely ego to self-nominate?

  7. There’s no guarantee that you will win.

  8. But if the competition is limited, you are greatly increasing the odds of winning.

  9. There’s a lot of division in the voiceover industry as it relates to the S.O.V.A.S awards.

  10. A group nomination or a project nomination is generally respected because there are multiple parties receiving and benefiting from the award and it’s a team win.

  11. Category domination happens in virtually every award show.

  12. However, the opportunity does exist for everyone and anyone to submit.

  13. The words ‘Award Winning’ or ‘award nominated’ can be very effective marketing & sales tools.

  14. It’s up to an award show to create categories that are fair and well defined so that consideration is fair to all.

  15. Award events are expensive, time consuming and a very big undertaking for the organizers and creators.

  16. If you are considering entering into awards why not go big? Make sure that investment has the most notoriety and return for what is being made.

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Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

  1. SOVAS Awards

  2. One Voice Awards

  3. Brienne of Tarth submitted herself for an Emmy

  4. Recorded on ipDTL

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Anne: All right, welcome, everybody, to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my bestie, Gabby Nistico!

Gabby: Hi!

Anne: Hey.

[both laugh]

Gabby: So did you see the recent news about “Game of Thrones” and Gwendolyn Christie?

Anne: Oh yeah. That’s a big thing. [laughs]

Gabby: So I want to talk about this. I mean, I think that most of our listeners know that, you and I, on most things, I mean, we agree with each other. We’re usually pretty in accord. And this is a topic where I think we kind of differ.

Anne: Maybe a little bit.

Gabby: It’s sort of fun.

Anne: Yeah. [laughs]

Gabby: Gwendolyn Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth, the beautiful Amazon [laughs] on the show, who really in the last season, and I’m not gonna spoil it, just in case people like you haven’t seen it, she steals the season in a lot of ways. Her character is just phenomenal throughout it. Well HBO, for whatever reason and the production team, decided not to submit her for the Emmys. So she self-submitted and got the nomination.

Anne: [laughs] Yes, she did. [laughs]

Gabby: It opens up a whole discussion, right, about industries, creative industries, certainly voiceover is part of that. You know, where do we stand on the awards things?

Anne: Oh yeah.