1.What is a role?
A role is your expected duty or function in the project. Basically it means if you are a Voice Actor, your duty is to record your assigned lines and send them to your project director in a timely manner. If you are an artist, then your duty is to draw, scan, clean up, and finish the scenes you volunteered for and submit that to your project director in a timely manner.
2. What is a main role?
A main role is the person who is mainly responsible for an assigned character's part. This person is the base of the character they have auditioned for. They will always be the first to be mobilized and expected to carry out their ROLE as a voice actor.
3. What is a understudy role?
An understudy role is a person or persons who act as the backup for a main role. They are the main role's "assistants", in a sense. When the main role cannot function or carry out their duties in a timely manner, may it be due to personal reasons, an illness, or an unavoidable and unforeseeable obstacle, the understudy will carry their weight and carry out the role for them so that the project can run smoothly and IN TIME. They are only mobilized when necessary and are not by any means hired for the purpose of a hostile take over for the main role.
4. What about the artists?
When the volunteering artist for a scene cannot complete their work, the project director will then send the need for help alert to the rest of the artists, and the artists will then mobilize according to who is interested to take over or not. Unlike the voice actors, they do not have assigned single roles so they do have the freedom to work as they please and on what they wish to work on. Because of this, main and understudy roles do not apply to them.
5. What happens when I do not respond to e-mails or submit my work in a timely manner?
In a situation that despite the project director tries to contact you regarding a project and you do not respond at all or fail to submit your work on the due date assigned to you, the project director has no choice but to mobilize your understudy.
6. But I'm the main! Don't I have a say on this?
If what is mentioned above occurs, the project director will mobilize the understudy BECAUSE you could not or did not carry out your duty to that project. So the answer is no. But that is not the end of the world. It just means your understudy will play that role for this project and you will play the role again for the next.
If you wish to never encounter this problem, then try to finish your lines and work on time and remember to try and respond to your e-mails, especially when they are asking if you will be available to do the part or not.
7.Why does this have to happen? Why can't they just wait for me to finish it when I can?
This is where it can sound a little harsh. Unfortunately, the world will not revolve around one specific person in a project. It is a group effort and this includes your project director who has to put everything together. Time management is key and for certain projects to be released on time, everyone involved needs to be on the ball. It's nothing personal, but it's for the sake of projects like the Thanksgiving Day or the Canada Day episodes to be actually released on Thanksgiving Day and on Canada Day.
Notes from urmuther:
To anyone who has concerns about their roles in the project, I highly advice you direct your uneasiness or problems to the project director or the source of your concerns. It does not work well if people outside the project, who are uninvolved, are dragged into internal affairs. It will make the process take longer and you will feel uneasy for a much longer period of time. There are also chances that your concerns may not even be justified and you may even be over thinking about your situation.
So again, to avoid this, contact your project director or address the source of your concerns and problems before anyone else.