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DON LaFONTAINE SPIRIT AWARD WINNER:
Rebecca Davis: 'Why Weren't Things Happening
For Me?' Learn The Key To Voice Over Success ...
July 8, 2014

Note: On June 26, voice talent Rebecca Davis received the inaugural Don LaFontaine Spirit Award (see DLF Spirit Award article) for her voice over commitment, desire and talents. VoiceOverXtra asked Rebecca to amplify on her career and success, which follows ...

By Rebecca Davis
Voice Actor

The key to my voice over success has been perseverance, patience, positivity and support.

I know deep down that this is what I'm supposed to be doing. So I have no choice but to keep trying, keep learning, keep hustling, keep knocking on doors, keep networking, and keep pushing myself.

And that's when patience comes into play.

Earlier, I knew I was taking all the right steps and all the right classes ... so why weren't things happening for me? Why was I not a booking machine like my friends and colleagues? (Comparing oneself is a slippery slope that I still grapple with, and wish I didnít.)  

Of course, when you know this is the path you were meant to travel, you have to be patient.

But I spent years being patient, and at times felt like a fraud! I know many people who have had the same feelings, which is why I share that.

Yet I pushed through - visualizing the time when it would all start to click.  

SUPPORT IS 'INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT'

During this period of perseverance, support was incredibly important to me. I am so fortunate and grateful for the support from my husband, personal friends, family, and my many colleagues and friends in the VO business.

When things got tough, they kept me on track. They reminded me why Iím chasing this dream and that it will happen for me.

That is part of why I love the VO world. We lift each other up. We look out for each other. Weíre willing to share our knowledge, and help newbies and pros. 

It is the most supportive community I have ever been a part of, and it all pays forward. 

BE POSITIVELY POSITIVE

I also try my best to keep a positive outlook on my career and life in general. However sometimes, that's pretty hard to do - easier said, than done.

But I try my darndest, and I try to spread that positivity to others who need it, as people have done for me. 

If thereís a way I can help someone, the way others have helped me, Iím there, as much as I can be.

VO IS YOUR 'JOB'

So, when did things finally begin to click?

When I started treating voice over like a job that I actually have - rather than a job I'm trying to have - the bookings started rolling in. And as my confidence built, so did my resume. 

Now, my job is auditioning, editing, looking for leads and marketing on a daily basis. 

Iíd love to say that all I do is voice over, but we have to be our own CEOs, as well. Things can also change in a heartbeat in this business. 

This wonderful year could suddenly turn into a dry spell. I certainly hope it doesnít, but all businesses have ups and downs. 

Still, I know that if the downs hit, I have an amazing support system and places to go - like workout groups, workshops, and of course, the Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab, to keep working on my craft, because we are always learning.   
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ABOUT REBECCA
Rebecca Davis began her professional stage career at the ripe old age of 6 in New York, and hasnít stopped performing on stage since. While earning a BFA in Acting at the University of Texas at Austin, she discovered a love for voice over and worked on numerous anime cult classics, but dropped it all when she moved to Los Angeles (where she now resides) to obtain an MFA in Acting form UCLA. 

After a few years of working in on-camera, she rediscovered her passion for voice over and the trajectory of her career changed direction. Sheíll never stop doing theater, and takes all that acting experience to the mic.

Recent VO credits include How I Met Your Mother, promos for the HUB Network, narration for Vanity Fairís audio editions, an international Diet Coke campaign, Final Fantasy and Defiance video games, various animation projects, SyFyís The Wil Wheaton Project, a national State Farm campaign, and a trailer for Johnny Deppís Transcendence.

She can do an awesome seal bark, along with other crazy creature and vocal effects; her zombie sounds have been known to scare children.

Email: rebeccadavis@gmail.com
Web: www.rebeccadavis.net


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Comments (6)
Simone Fojgiel
7/8/2014 at 4:07 PM
Short, but effective article. 100% identified with your feelings and words, Rebecca. Isn't that weird? When you feel is time to give up, there's always something or someone out there to remind you how great you are, and that throwing away the oars is the very last thing you must do. Especially when deep in your heart you know that you're good at your job!

Love always,
SIMONE
Debby Barnes
7/8/2014 at 3:04 PM
Rebecca, every thing you honestly expressed here really resonated with me, as well. I was actually welling-up while I was reading and trying to swallow the lump in my throat! THANK YOU for sharing your experience AND your heart. You're a treasure.

PS: CONGRATS! for the well deserved DLSA! Rah-Rah!
Rachel Fulginiti
7/8/2014 at 12:35 PM
I love this, Rebecca! I agree with everything you've said, whole heartedly...and I love that last paragraph, about VO being the job you have, not something you're "trying" to have - and about that job being primarily auditioning, etc.! Bravo, girl! So happy for all your success!!
Lance Blair
7/8/2014 at 12:31 PM
Thank you for spreading your positive message, it made my day! We can't just 'try' to be a voice over talent, or any kind of talent. As you say, one has to believe it, own it, and share the positivity with a fantastic support group.
Conchita Congo
7/8/2014 at 11:37 AM
Thank you so much, Rebecca! I have been struggling to make VO my main source of income for what seems like forever! I've made some income sporadically, but my passion for VO makes me want to keep pushing until I am a VO by profession.

Your article has inspired me to work even harder. And yes, the VO community is the most sharing & generous of all, and I am so blessed to have been embraced by this wonderful community of talent!

Congrats on your achievement & may you continue to break a leg!
THANX !
Conchita Congo
Jamee Thompson
7/8/2014 at 11:11 AM
I met Rebecca met a couple of years ago at FaffCon in Ventura and we instantly clicked. Rebecca has one of those personalities that makes it very easy to get to know her. I can't think of anyone who embodies the spirit of the Voice Over community more than Rebecca. Congratulations, girl...keep hustling!
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