Are You Working Hard - And Near Burnout?
Take A Break Before YOU Break ...
June 28, 2016
By Rob Marley
You know that if you want to get ahead in the voice over business (or any business, really), you need to be passionate and absorb as much knowledge as you can.
Lately Iíve been doubling-down on my efforts. Iíve been contacting production companies and advertising agencies. Sending out auditions to my agents the moment I get them, listening and taking notes on webcasts, listening to coaching sessions on MP3 as I drive, reading books about voice over and the industry (out loud whenever I can to improve my cold-reading skills), and in general being a sponge for all things voice over.
The problem is that you can't keep that kind of pace up for too long before you burn yourself out!
Eventually youíll start to resent doing these things and get angry when success doesn't happen overnight like you think it should. And when that happens, youíll start to slack off - Do less. Give up.
Apathy leads to stagnation, which leads to even less success, which leads to even more frustration. It's a vicious cycle thatís hard to break out of.
POOL PARTY RESCUE
So with that thought in mind, I stepped away from the microphone last week to attend a party in honor of the group of safety volunteers Iím a part of.
I got to jump into a pool and catch up with old friends while sipping frozen margaritas. I discussed emergency procedures with caregivers and rescue personnel. I ate some amazing food cooked by a chef friend of mine and talked about cooking techniques and flavor combinations. I chatted up (and was chatted up by) some very attractive people wearing very little clothing.
I also mentioned to a few people that I am a voice over artist, and that discussion might actually lead to future work for me.
I laughed, swam, and got to be the suave, epicurean, bon-vivant raconteur I love to be.
And after that? I was moderately tired, somewhat sore and overwhelmingly happy with the opportunity to embrace life with people I love and admire. Ready to go back into my quiet little soundproofed box and continue the process of marketing, training, learning, practicing and improving my skills as a VO to help businesses shape and deliver their messages to the world.
RECHARGE FOR CAREER
It's important to be focused on your career path, but equally important to stop and smell the roses along the way. You need to find time to recharge the batteries so you can keep moving forward to achieve your goals.
Doing so helps you to appreciate the small things, quit obsessing about the petty things and pay attention to the big things.
A Los Angeles native, Rob Marley is an accomplished voice talent, producer and writer, now living in the hill country of Austin TX.
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