Shed The Ghosts Of Christmas Past: Honestly
See Your Voice Over Career Stumbling Blocks
December 19, 2012
By Deb Munro
Voice Talent & Coach
Itís hard to believe that Christmas is upon us yet again.
Whether you celebrate or not, this time of year is a turning event for many. It is the time we create goals and reflect on the past.
Unfortunately, many of us dwell on what isnít, instead of focusing on what could be. Itís so easy for us as a society to blame, make excuses and focus on the negatives that set us back.
I tend to focus on the positive - and this isnít always easy. There is always something or someone getting in the way of our success. Most importantly, that "someone" could be you!
So I encourage you to reflect on what youíve done this year to create success for yourself and to flesh out what has held you back.
GHOST #1: FINANCES
Many of us hold finances accountable to our progression.
Whether itís investing in coaching, demos, equipment, marketing or branding, we are all forced to put in a ton of time and investment into our craft. Many truly canít afford to invest further to obtain more productive results, but isnít that the same as saying, I canít afford the schooling to be a lawyer, so Iím just gonna wing it?
Itís interesting that if we pursue an established career or trade, we make whatever efforts we need so that we can accomplish the degree or certification that allow us the ability to draw an income from that profession.
Yet with voice acting, people assume that all they need is a voice and some equipment and they will just make it work.
If you're in that camp, you are just winging it! As a result, you may not be seeing the success you were hoping to obtain.
MORE GHOSTS ...
So, are you blaming the industry for your lack of progress? Or the Pay-2-Play (online casting) sites? Lack of time to invest? Your finances?
If you canít afford to progress, have you considered that this may not be the right industry for you at this time?
Talented people who have sacrificed the finances, time and more to succeed are indeed the ones most likely to be hired.
My intention is not to turn you away from the industry. It's to keep you realistic in what you expect from this industry.
HOW MANY HOURS?
If you truly want to succeed and create a full time income, you must put in full-time hours.
How many hours a day do you spend auditioning? Marketing? Finding new clients? Training? Invoicing? And more.
This should be a full-time job. Voice over is not an industry where you can just wing it, find long-term success by always happening to be at the right place at the right time.
Voice acting is the rawest form of acting - you literally have to be that good - and in todayís market, you also have to be that good at business.
2013 - YOUR CAREER RE-BIRTH
Make 2013 the year you get rid of everything that has stood in your way. Fight the odds and take huge risks to make this happen.
The Mayan calendar ended this year, and many feared the world would end. But I went to the Mayan Riviera myself recently and studied the Mayan culture to learn what the prophesy really meant. It was explained to me that this a time for re-birth. A time for change.
Our society is taking for granted their lives and their importance in it. Itís time to stop procrastinating and time to be productive.
Quit reflecting on that which stands in your way and find solutions for tomorrow. Today is a time to celebrate! WE ARE WORTH THE INVESTMENT.
Every year is an opportunity to change and grow, so letís start the new year right. Here is to a most successful 2013!
Deb Munro is a leading voice talent, coach, and owner of Chanti Productions, in the Vancouver, B.C., Canada area. She offers private voice over coaching by phone and Skype, and workshops on voice acting, business and demo prep in many Canadian cities.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb: www.debsvoice.com
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