When you go to a recording studio for the first time to work with their crew, there are a number of ways you can make a good first impression so that you’re asked back again like being prompt, sensitive to direction, gracious and friendly, but what about other gestures unrelated to your performance and punctuality?
Recently, it was referred to on an expert panel at Voice Coaches that cookies and cheesecake were brought to a recording session, appreciated by all at their office.
Sounds good, doesn’t it?
While cheesecake may be be a bit much, what might you bring to make a good first impression to a studio session?
Is Bringing Treats Acceptable?
Someone who had read the expert panel discussion emailed me and asked if I thought bringing cookies or cheesecake was ridiculous, a distraction or welcome, to which I replied, “I can see cookies being welcome so long as they are peanut-free. I know that if someone brought me cookies, I’d be happy! Likely it depends on the people working on staff. If you know them well enough, do what you think they’d appreciate. If it’s your first session at the studio, bringing some cookies or the like would be memorable and also make a good impression, demonstrating thoughtfulness and generosity.”
I imagine there are people who bring coffee, donuts and the like. If someone came to my office with Tim Hortons or something special that I didn’t anticipate, I’d certainly be grateful for the unexpected gift and remember that down the road.
It wouldn’t set a precedent, mind you, but it is always nice to be surprised when a person does something out of the ordinary that makes you feel special.
Remember, people may forget what you say, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.
Have You Done Anything Similar in the Past?
Do you make a habit of bringing something to sessions to share or do you find that doing so is unnecessary or unwelcome?
Looking forward to hearing from you!