'Luck' In A Voice Over Career
Comes To Those Who Earn It
April 25, 2014
By Christian Rosselli
We often hear success stories in the voice over business that involve being in the right place at the right time.
These are stories about the fortunate few who have gone on to make six- or even seven-figure salaries and achieve a massive amount of recognition for their talents. The stories are pretty much same ...
But a great recent quote from actor Peter Dinklage brings new thinking to mind:
"I hate that word 'Lucky.' It cheapens a lot of hard work. Doing plays for 50 bucks and trying to be true to myself as an artist and turning down a commercial where they wanted a leprechaun. Saying I was lucky negates the hard work I put in. So I won't say I'm lucky. I'll say I'm fortunate enough to find or attract very talented people. For some reason I found them and they found me."This is the best quote on the subject that I've ever heard in a long time, and it couldn't be more life-affirming. What you don't know about the person who got that big break is that they were also working their butt off to get in front of the right people.
CREATE YOUR 'LUCK'
Voice over success is anything but overnight.
Sometimes success comes from creating opportunities for ourselves, our agents (even though they might discourage it), our business partners, or our colleagues.
Sometimes success comes from cold calling, emailing new and old clients a few times every couple of months, maximizing your presence on social media, reading for a new casting director, attending a popular voice over networking event or creating one yourself.
In today's world of voice over, you've got to be a mover and a shaker. It requires a lot more work than being the voice of Chevy in 1992 and just chillin.'
Sometimes it boils down to planting seeds anywhere and everywhere, and watching them grow over time.
Christian Rosselli is a voice over artist based in New York City who specializes in commercial, corporate and industrial narration, promo, explainer videos, and award show-live announcing. He has worked with a wide variety of companies including AT&T, Bic, Boeing, CA Technologies, M&T Bank, Premio Foods, Ruby Tuesday, Tiaa-Cref, USA Today and many more! He is also an avid photographer, coffee drinker, and jazz connoisseur.
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