You all know this game, right? The one you play every time you send in an audition consisting of the entire copy...? Your heart says, "oh, they're not going to lift this audio and use it without paying me," but the voice in the back of your head whispers, "oh, yeah? And how are you ever going to know if they do...?"
I consider myself a pretty trusting soul. Maybe to a fault. I never watermark, and I never change a phone number, or any other "tricks of the trade" to keep people from stealing my voice. Sure, sometimes I don't record the whole script for an audition, but it's out of laziness more than paranoia. Like most of my life, I toss what I have to give out to Fate, and let the Universe take care of the rest -- if someone wants to take my recording without paying me, so be it. They must need it more than I do... (wait, that analogy doesn't really work here...)
Anyway, this subject comes up because of an audition I sent in for my daughter recently. The script was maybe 90 seconds long, and we sent in about 45 seconds of it. A couple days later, the client emailed saying "we really like your daughter's voice -- could you record the rest of the script so we can can hear it as well?"...
Ugh. I stared at the email, then sat with my hands poised over the keyboard, wondering how I could type a response that wouldn't scream "WE DON'T TRUST YOU" in the subtext. And the answer was -- I couldn't. No matter how politely I worded it, it ultimately would infer that the client was a thief.
So I threw myself heartily into the Trust Game. We recorded the rest of the script, and I sent it off, telling them if it was approved I could send them a higher quality wav or aiff file. I basically fell backwards in the Trust Circle, hoping the would-be client would catch me...
And you know what? They did. They emailed within the hour, I sent off the wav file, and the money was in our Paypal account immediately. :0)
So trust paid off -- literally. But it just as easily might not have... I'm not so naive that I don't believe there aren't people -- LOTS of people -- in the world who are simply out to get as much as they can for as little as possible. I'm sure I'll run into some of them, someday, and I'll end up falling backwards in the Trust Circle only to fall flat on my ass.
Till then (and hopefully afterwards, too), I'll just keep running my biz the only way I know how -- with a modicum of common sense, and a big splash of trust.