I do freelance voiceover on a popular website.
A client asked me two weeks ago to record three nursery rhyme songs for her, to which I happily agreed to.
She sent me the instrumental track and the lyrics for the first song. I sent her the final product, after asking for a few audio reference tracks, to make sure I emulated her vision. Two days later:
Client: Is there a way you can make your voice sound… more like an adult?
Me: How do you mean?
Client: You know. Like an adult teacher, singing to her class. Like an average person.
Me: So, a bit less energetic in sound, and more straightforward?
Client: Yes! Well, that…And lower.
Me: Lower? Like in pitch?
Client: Lower. Like an adult.
After confirming that she did want to change the song’s key, I explained to her that I would be more than happy to either sing down the octave or wait until she could transpose the music a few steps down.
Client: I found this music instead. Let’s go with this?
The file she sent me was another file, to a different song, still in an incredibly high key. I sent her a sample, to which she unexpectedly approved. I recorded the entire song and sent it to her.
Three days pass by with no response. Finally:
Client: This isn’t working out. I’ve decided to go with someone who can sing higher (!!!!). Hopefully we can work on another project in the future.
No… I… I don’t think we will.