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The Bottom Line To Your Voice-Over Career
Success Is That The Buck Stops With You

By Dave Courvoisier
Voice Actor

Doncha love the euphemisms peppered throughout our language?

"The bottom lineā€¦" pops up all the time.

It has several other twin cousins:
  • "the buck stops here"
  • "at the end of the day"
  • "when all is said and done"
  • "ya gotta draw the line somewhere"
  • "not until the fat lady sings"
There's a reason why these are such popular finality summary phrases. People need closure - otherwise the word "whatever!" would suffice.  And "whatever!" is the most throwaway, dismissive term in the English language.

Yet, these phrases offer more than closure: they imply responsibility. Somebody or something needs to be held accountable, or nothing would get done, would it?

So ...
  1. the bottom line is that your VO business depends on you taking responsibility
  2. which means that at the end of the day, success is all yours to enjoy
  3. failure is all yours to analyze
  4. if you don't do the audition, you DEFINITELY will not get the job
  5. mining for prospects puts the pick-axe in YOUR hand
  6. marketing depends on your discipline
  7. improvement relies on your practice
  8. networking falls on  your shoulders
  9. follow-up is not an option
  10. your freelance business is you
  11. finding the right coach is your choice
In other words, for individual freelance voice actors, the buck really DOES stop with you.

And when all is said and done, most people would LOVE to have that kind of control over their lives.
Dave Courvoisier is a full-time voice actor and audiobook narrator based in Las Vegas, where he was formerly an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, producer and the main weeknight news anchor on KLAS-TV, Channel 8, the CBS affiliate. 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.

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Comments (1)
Bev Standing
8/30/2019 at 8:31 AM
What a great article. I love the summary line. You are absolutely right.
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