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Lacking Confidence Is A Voice Over Career
Killer. Fake It Until It's Real! Here's How ...
August 10, 2017

By Rick Lance

Voice Actor

In every profession there is a need for confidence.

If you spend too much time doubting yourself, you will be more likely to make costly mistakes, and you run the risk of convincing others that you are not worthy of your position, your next scheduled raise, or consideration for promotion. 

And in our voice over field, confidence is even more important. 


A lack of confidence will be heard in your voice over work, which can immediately turn off potential clients. 

Walking into an audition overly nervous is very likely going to lead to a poor outcome. And, if you lack confidence in yourself, you will miss valuable opportunities to go above and beyond for the clients who will serve as your leading source of recommendations. 

If you want to ensure repeat work with a client, or better yet, a referral to others looking for talent like yours, then you must showcase a supreme level of professionalism. 

The ability to properly enunciate, to read with a larger-than-life personality, and to improvise as needed will be strongly rooted in your self-confidence. If you don't trust yourself, you will miss out on these opportunities to showcase your true strength as a voice over artist.


So, how do you find your confidence, when it is lacking? 

Fake it until it feels real!

And here are a few ways that you can do just that:

1. Focus on Posture

The taller and straighter you stand when recording, the better you will feel, the better you will project, and the more confident you will appear to others. If you don't feel comfortable standing while recording voice over work, then focus on sitting with better posture.

2. Pamper Yourself

When you look good, you feel good. So take the time to pamper yourself on a regular basis. For some, this may mean a trip to the barber, the salon, or the spa. For others, it could simply mean an investment in new additions to the wardrobe.

Although you don't want to create a financial hardship for yourself, it is important to spend a little bit on yourself so you can feel your very best in a professional setting.

3. Follow Your Instincts

When pre-reading a script, if you notice a section that simply does not sound natural, regardless how many different ways you attempt to read it, then suggest a minor edit, or just attempt to do that in your first reading.

In most cases, this effort will be appreciated (or pleasantly unnoticed) by the client. In those rare instances when a client is a stickler about wording, there is always the option to do a second reading or to dub it over later.
Rick Lance has been working as a voice talent since 1993, transitioning from singing demos and personal projects in Nashville's music business to voicing hundreds of commercials, then promos, narrations, character voices and more. His vocal style is described as Americana, the voice of the Heartland. He is currently the voice (narrator) of three hunting programs and one outdoor program on the Sportsman Channel and the Outdoor Channel. His client list includes Toyota, Harley Davidson, Sony Entertainment, Coca Cola, Life Care Centers of America, John Deere, Jordan Outdoor Enterprises and Sacred Seasons II. He has also become a leading voice for the industries of construction, manufacturing, energy production, trucking, agriculture/equine, outdoor sports, travel, community banking, finance and health care. And he is a colorful voice for film, television, museum and corporate documentaries. "I'm lucky to be working within my comfort zone," he says, "literally living out my voice acting life as an outdoorsman, horseman, weekend cowboy and working man, gentleman farmer on my six acre mini ranch with my horses, dogs, cats and my wife near Nashville."



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Comments (1)
Viktor Pavel
9/20/2017 at 11:31 AM
Hello Rick, greetings from Berlin. I enjoyed reading your article a lot. It reminded me of my early years when my clients already knew I was a voice over artist but I could hardly believe it myself. Cool ZEN 4.0. advice: "fake it till it´s real". That very method did work wonders for me. Thank you! I felt free to share your excellent text.
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