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How NDAs Affect Voice Talent with Litigation Paralegal Otishia Emmens

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Stephanie Ciccarelli
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Non-disclosure agreements may be complicated, but they don’t have to scare you! Otishia Emmens, a Litigation Paralegal with 20+ years experience and voice over talent, shares her perspective on what NDAs are, who uses them and how they affect voice actors and some of the work they do.

* This episode is for educational purposes only and does not constitute advice or replace consultation with your own legal counsel.

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Hi there and welcome to Vox Talk, your weekly review from the world of voice over. I'm your host, Stephanie Ciccarelli from Voices. Are you curious about non-disclosure agreements? Otishia Emmens joins me to explore some legal aspects of voice over. With over twenty years of previous legal experience as a Litigation Paralegal, Otishia provides solid analytical and research skills through her writing that educates on business ethics for her clients. Also a voice over artist, Otishia's legal background makes her the ideal guest to discuss this fascinating area of the business. This episode is for educational purposes only and does not constitute advice or replace consultation with your own legal counsel. With all that said, welcome to the show, Otishia!

Let's get right into it. So, Non-disclosure agreements! What is an NDA? Who uses them, why they are used, how long do they last?
What does it look like to honor an NDA? Is an NDA forever, or for a finite period of time?
Why do talent need to understand legal agreements and is there ever a need for talent to develop their own legal agreements with a lawyer?
What are red flags in an agreement? Can talent request a change to something in a client's legal agreement, or are these things generally non-negotiable?
Can you provide a few examples of lessons talent should avoid learning the hard way with when it comes to legal agreements?
Where can talent turn to for better understanding legal documents? Can they take a course or get coaching on this?
What's the best way for people to find you and learn more about what you do?

And that's the way we saw the world through the lens of voice over this week. Thanks again for being here and for listening to Vox Talk. A huge thank you to our special guest, Otishia Emmens, for sharing her expertise. If you found this episode helpful, share it with your friends. For Voices, I'm your host, Stephanie Ciccarelli. Vox Talk is produced by Geoff Bremner. On behalf of the team at Voices, we appreciate you oh so very much and look forward to spending time with you soon. See you next week!

Stephanie Ciccarelli
Stephanie Ciccarelli is a Co-Founder of Voices. Classically trained in voice as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. For over 25 years, Stephanie has used her voice to communicate what is most important to her through the spoken and written word. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, Stephanie has been a contributor to The Huffington Post, Backstage magazine, Stage 32 and the Voices.com blog. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.
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