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Career: Catch Yourself Bitching About
The Economy? Get Real - Be Proactive
By Nancy Wolfson
Voice-Over Coach
Braintracks Audio 
Feb. 21, 2009
With recent discussions of downturn and a flurry of fear in the swirl these days, it is all too easy to feel helpless. When that feeling pounces, I have three points of advice:
  • Be Grateful 
  • Take Responsibility 
  • Get Productively Proactive 
Be grateful that the voice-over business has changed to allow those with top skills the power to access the national and international job opportunities without having to move to the pricey major markets.
Honor your foresight. You have chosen to pursue a career that is moving forward with technology, not being replaced by it.
Whenever I got into scuffles with friends as a kid, and I'd whine, "Yeah, well, she started it!" my mom would yell back, "I don't care who started it, You Finish It!"
Maybe you got yourself in over your head with a house you couldn't afford. Maybe, like me, you are horrible at playing the stock market. Or maybe unfortunate things have befallen you or your family that were beyond your control.
Well, now is the time to bail yourself out.
It's hard to strategize a life plan in the midst of demanding tasks that need to be done for someone else's company. So now might be the first quiet moment you've had in years to be thankful for the lack of distraction.
Focus on creating a new map for a new career, and invest in developing a better you.
Are you procrastinating - or adding value to your career? For instance, have you:
  • written your "25 Things" on Facebook, but not a list of "25 Tangible Goals To Achieve by June 1"?
  • been Friend Requesting other VO talents, but not updating your skills?
Despite all the talk of failed financial investments, I've never seen such an abundance of wasted time! Time is the most precious and irreplaceable thing we have, and wasting it is worse than wasting money.
Investing smartly in your time to enhance your career can yield amazing financial returns.
Nancy Wolfson is a private voice-over consultant and instructor, freelance casting director, writer, producer, director, and owner of Braintracks Audio, a voice-over coaching and consulting firm based in Los Angeles. She directs demos for voice actors and advises them on personal branding. Her coursework has been accredited at the university level, and she has taught voice actors at all levels of experience in private and group classes throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe.
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