Three Simple 'Spring Training'
Tips For Your Voice Over Career
By Bobbin Beam
March 27, 2011
How has 2011 been going so far? Unbelievable as it seems, we’re already facing the completion of the first quarter of 2011.
And it's already time for baseball's Opening Day. So let's take a swing at revitalizing your voice over efforts.
Have you been focused on self-improvement and bettering your game?
SPRING INTO TRAINING
In baseball, there's the tradition of Spring Training. Players convene in warm places like Arizona and Florida to get in shape for the upcoming season.
Management evaluates talent. Players focus on the fundamentals of their game.
What emerges from this training are players who know:
Those of us far from the world of sports would do well to borrow a few lessons from the training regimen. Following are three suggestions.
HIT THESE THREE
Reconnect. You need to know the role you’re expected to play in controlling your business.
It is also a time to consider what challenges lie ahead and how you’ll plan to address them.
Reinforce fundamentals. Players come to spring training to practice their craft.
Many voice actors may find it necessary to learn new skills, too. Maintaining the status quo skill-wise means you are falling behind.
What new things must you learn to stay current, as well as help your career advance?
Reevaluate where you stand. For players, spring is a time to consider how much work they need to do to get back into playing condition.
Similarly, we need to find time to measure our performance against last year.
How are your current actions helping you succeed?
Revisit your goals, business plan or New Year resolutions and look at your “batting average” on booking auditions.
Consider moving forward by getting some voice coaching.
Review where you’re at and to your energies into improvement.
REMEMBER IT'S SPRING
We must not overlook something else that baseball - coming as it does in the spring - perhaps does best: Renew Purpose.
Ultimately, spring training is about hope. It is a time to focus on the "what might be" scenarios, be it winning the next audition, booking a regional spot, or even hitting the World Series with a national TV commercial.
Renewing purpose is an essential part of being and staying in business for the long haul.
So now is the time to focus on the work - and also to celebrate the possibilities.
Make every day "Opening Day." Batter up!
ABOUT BOBBIN ...
Bobbin Beam is a very active voice talent, based in the San Diego - Los Angeles area, who specializes in projects for broadcast and business. She also writes a very entertaining and informative blog, Bobbin's Blog.
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