2009 — Discipline, Fun, Growth, Prosperity, Service,
New Contacts/Clients, Friendship, Enthusiasm
No new year’s resolutions here…Just plans to build on progress made in the last year and keep on the path.
Friendship is so important. Thank you to all of my new friends whoI’ve met on my travels, at various networking events, and to all my cyber mates, especially the lovelies at vo-bb, who’ve helped, supported, and encouraged me over the past year. I hope that I’ve been encouraging and useful to you too!
Exciting v-over projects and plans in the pipeline for 1st quarter, 2009, but mum’s the word till the deals are actually gone down, and the money’s in my hand (or in my Paypal account)!
I’m often surprised when I get asked for advice on pursuing a voice over career. I don’t consider myself that far along that I can dispense advice, but I want to be helpful. So, the main thing that I try to get across is just ‘having a nice voice’ isn’t going to cut it. You need constant training, diligent hard work and marketing, and knowledge of how to work with your voice and take care of it. Then I’m always grateful that I can point these folks in some constructive direction for further guidance.
One of my voiceover colleagues, Philip Banks, encourages us to do something every day regarding our voice over careers, & to keep track of what we do, for steady progress and growth. This is brilliant advice!
A friend gave me a mini-calendar that’s perfect for this purpose. I’ve already started using it exclusively to keep track of auditions, emails from potential clients, gigs booked, items sent out, etc. I have it hanging on a basket on my desk, so there’s no hunting about for it — I can just grab it and jot down the info. It’s clearly in my eyesight so I don’t forget about it & I can be consistent in keeping it up to date.
Lovely hubby gave me a digital recorder as a crimbo pressie. I look forward to now following Pamela Lewis’ (Talking Funny for Money) advice to take my recorder with me as I’m out and about to record voices and sounds that could be useful for future characters. It’s great to finally have a device that’s small enough to use for this purpose! It’s a great tool for any voice actor.
“Discipline yourself to do what you need to do to get where you want to go. You won’t wake up one day & find yourself a success. You would have systematically made it happen by consistently doing the little things every single day, that add up to a successful life.”
Dr. Kem Thompson