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Why Add To Your Voice Over Business Troubles
With Stupidity? Four Common Sense Suggestions

By Dave Courvoisier
Voice Actor

We make enough mistakes on our own through impatience, inattention, sloppiness, or just plain ole pig-headedness. 

Why add to your troubles with stupidity? Seriously. 

While many of us are perfectionists, and hold our actions to high ideals, there's no reason why our systems and processes should let us down or add to our disappointments.

Here's a short list of four suggestions that may seem as plain as the nose on your face, but when you pay tribute to them, or be mindful of them, you'll eliminate some major sources of freelance sabotage.


Sleep. Nutrition. Exercise.

See? I told you this was elementary, so why do we ignore this? especially with COVID afoot.

Social Media bon vivant Gary Vaynerchuk recently suggested an outrageous regimen of work hours for people who want to get ahead that has been roundly opposed by anyone with common sense.


Humans are meant for this. I know. I'm an introvert, and would rather be in my man-cave, but time and time and time again over 68 years it's been hammered into my brain that when I seek counsel, or conversation, or advice, or just the sound of another's good sense, I do better - much better - than on my own.


Fail. Be Agile.

Very little progress is EVER made without this point. 

Failing seems to be a sort of sabotage, so why not just avoid failure? Because it's the one sure way to success. 

I know this sounds odd. But until you chance something, you haven't tried, or grown, or moved off the toadstool you're sitting on. 

In others words, go for it!

4. READ 

Really? Does this final suggestion deserve its place in the pantheon of anti-sabotage?  Most assuredly so. 

Maybe the best example is Warren Buffett or Bill Gates, both of whom read voraciously daily. 

Warren Buffett claims to spend 80% of his day reading. Books, white papers, Kindle, audiobooks, emails, blogs, popular media, podcasts, magazines, and online subscriptions all count …and more.


Mindless time to space-out with the kids, or a video-game, or walking, or playing with the dog.  Sleep does this too…but sometimes it needs to be an exercise when you're conscious.
Dave Courvoisier is a voice actor and audiobook narrator based in Las Vegas who was recruited back to TV news following retirement from a long stint as Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, producer and the main weeknight news anchor on KLAS-TV, Channel 8, the CBS affiliate. He is now the morning TV news anchor on Good Morning Las Vegas at ABC affiliate KTNV, Channel 13 (also seen as live stream on A former president and a founding member of the World-Voices Organization (WoVO), he also writes Voice-Acting in Vegas, a daily blog of voice over adventures, observations and technology, and is author and publisher of the book, More Than Just A Voice: The Real Secret To VoiceOver Success, now in its second edition.

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Comments (2)
Carl Bishop
1/21/2021 at 3:31 PM
I enjoyed this Courvoisier Post. Self sabotage is one of our main enemies as Freelancers.
Alan Sklar
1/21/2021 at 2:10 PM
Dave is an introvert! If you believe that, I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you!!!! Some introvert!
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