Business of VO – Contracts

Contracts, NDAs, addendums, agreements, non-competes…WTF? Where do you get them? What do they mean? Can I just write one myself? The Bosses are on top of the contract conundrum. We’ve got the answers you need to be contract competent!


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Contracts should originate from an attorney

  2. They are common in VO when you enter into a retainer agreement

  3. You may initiate a contract or your client may do so

  4. You can modify a contract and resubmit it for review prior to signing.

  5. Mark them up. Negate points.

  6. Review all points of a contract and ask questions.

  7. By writing your own contract you are at the advantage

  8. A statement of work can be stand alone or added to a contract.

  9. Contracts can be added on to with addendums.

  10. A contract should include: payment terms, work terms, turnaround, revisions, usage,

  11. length of use & renewals.

  12. If a client accepts a quote, then they are accepting your terms.

  13. Gabby’s Radio Imaging book includes a contract template you can use.

  14. Rob Sciglimpaglia’s book VO Legal does as well.

  15. A thorough invoice can serve as a contract.

  16. There are great apps and web tools to help you complete, sign and send contracts.

  17. Clients who deem their work to be sensitive will require an NDA

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Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

  1. Voiceover Legal by Rob Sciglimpaglia on Amazon

  2. Rob Sciglimpaglia’s Legal Website

  3. Recorded on ipDTL

Full Episode Transcript

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Anne: Hey, everybody. Welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, with my amazingly wonderful BOSS bestie, Gabby Nistico. Hey, Gabby!

Gabby: Ciao.

Anne: Oo ciao. Ciao bella. [laughs] So Gabby, I was on Facebook the other day and happened to notice a post that was asking about how to write a contract, or what should I include in my contract from my client?

Gabby: Mmm. Mm-hmm, mm-hmm. Yeah.

Anne: And bam, I thought wow, this would be an amazing topic to talk about.

Gabby: Oh yeah, and I think there’s so many different aspects of it too. People are intimidated by contracts, afraid of contracts, don’t know what to do for a contract, don’t know where to get contracts. It’s a whole thing.

Anne: It is. [laughs] I think it’s important to understand, I guess in our industry, what’s important to include in a contract, and can you write one yourself? Is that a thing?

Gabby: Any decent contract I think originates from a legal attorney. That’s its beginning. You really want to have that initial structure set up by someone who knows and understands contract legalties. But it can be modified after the fact. And they can be kind of evolved. The contract that I use for all of my imaging and TV promo work is like that. It was created many, many years ago by an attorney that the casting company I worked for hired, and I was given permission to use it. But you know, like I said, it started with someone who really knows what the heck they’re doing in that world.