Do freelance voice over professionals need a code of ethics?
Evaluating the construction and adoption of a code of ethics may be something to consider.
How do you feel about the idea and what would you hope to see in a code of ethics for the voice over profession?
While many talent on an individual basis have made the step to adopt a code of ethics for their voice over businesses, it seems like the right time to pose the question of whether a more encompassing code of ethics for voice actors and voice over professionals in North America is in order and if it would be beneficial moving forward.
The term “Code of Ethics” implies that a body of people with very similar objectives agrees upon certain key points that will clarify their position on issues pertaining to their work, particularly where morality and procedures are concerned. As a popular reference, Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean had a code loosely based upon the actual Pirate Code of the Brethren.
Andrew Olson, a Mathematics and Physics graduate with a minor in Philosophy from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD (1998), participated in a summer internship at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Andrew participated in the Center™s Codes of Ethics Online project making an online archive of codes available to Internet users worldwide.
An article I found online written by Andrew, Authoring a Code of Ethics: Observations on Process and Organization, presents an analysis of the codes of ethics included in that particular project, as well as a guide to producing codes of ethics.
Here is an excerpt from that article that briefly describes a code of ethics:
Codes of ethics are to be reflections of the morally permissible standards of conduct which members of a group make binding upon themselves. These standards of conduct often reach beyond or delve deeper into societal morality in order to give guidance to people within a group on issues that are specific to the group. Often, codes of ethics prioritize commonly conflicting principles, which underlie the standards of conduct within an organization, either by explicitly weighting the principles or implicitly ordering the principles in order to give guidance on how one is to act as a morally responsible agent of the group when situations require an element of compromise between principles.
After reading that description, do you think that having a code of ethics for voice over professionals and voice actors is a good idea?
Do you have any ideas that you would like to suggest? If so, add them as a comment here on this article.
Looking forward to hearing from you,