You may know that I’ve created a bit of a sh*tstorm in voiceoverland last week, by calling out Carin Gilfry, the VP of the National Association of Voice Actors (NAVA), for something she said about Fiverr at a panel during VO Atlanta.
After my video, Carin clarified that she had not been speaking on behalf of NAVA, and that she thinks Fiverr is “problematic in many ways.”
As the storm was raging, many colleagues came to Carin’s defense, and gave me a verbal beating about attacking a person who has and is doing so many positive things for our community.
But you know… I can dish it out, but I can also take it.
In fact, I’m used to it. When I dared to make some critical remarks about the very first Voice Arts Awards, I received some very strong worded messages from disappointed people who thought I was “such a nice guy.”
When I called voices dot com out, some colleagues thought I was attacking them personally, because they were still on the site.
When I published a piece about a coach who promised his students they would make thousands of dollars on Fiverr if only they bought his program, I received intimidating texts and threats from his followers.
Look, I have better things to do than seek out conflict in my community. But the fact is that I am conflicted about certain things I see happening. And as the chief curator of content in my small business, I feel the need to speak out, even if it’s unpopular.
A message I often get is this:
“Paul, you often seem to write about the things that others are thinking, but don’t dare to say out loud.”
A few days ago, someone with a very good name in the business, someone I highly respect, called me and said: “Mate, I usually agree with you, but you’re wrong about Fiverr, and it’s damaging your reputation.”
I told him: “My reputation is the last thing I think about. The ISSUE is always more important than my EGO.”
Besides, if there’s one reputation I may have in my community, it’s that of a guy who’s not afraid to push some envelopes and stir a few pots. It gets people talking, and it’s very good for my SEO. It beats being vanilla.
That doesn’t mean I’m always right. I keep on telling people that I’m only giving my OPINION based on what I know and believe at that time. In fact, I told Carin I regret calling her out, and she replied: “I hear you, and no hard feelings.”
By the way, I’m still not crazy about Fiverr, but Carin’s really cool.