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Reboot Your Voice Over Career In 2013
By Rewinding What Happened In 2012

January 3, 2013

By Bobbin Beam
Voice Actress

Everywhere, everyone is talking about New Year Resolutions - diets and exercise routines, new marketing, voice over training, business plans and networking campaigns.

It’s all very exciting to begin something new. But then about six weeks or less into the new year, reality hits and all that fresh optimism slows down.

And sticking to your plans is hard. Finishing old, stale "to dos” becomes cumbersome if not impossible.  

For 2013, I am taking a different approach, taking time to rewind 2012 and assess it - and strategize a reboot of my voice over life.

And I mean voice over and life!


You may know that I experienced a major life-changing event in November, movin from San Diego to Milwaukee. After we arrived at our new place and dug out of boxes, and got some pictures up on the walls, establishing a semblance of order, I once again felt great.

I was able to finally sleep (read: de-stress) without waking up in the middle of the night, grinding over details related to the changes we were making.

I’ve spent time with family and friends and recharging my batteries. I really needed the rest and the break, and welcomed the time immensely.

So now it's time to review 2012. And even though I didn’t finish my plan commitments and goals completely, it was a powerful year. 


I’m digging though my 2012 written plan, plus emails, my calendar and journal to jog my memory.

I’ve noted what was done and what wasn’t.

Now with the help of an article written by author Mel Robbins, I made a chart on paper with the following categories written on the left side:
  • Body/Health
  • Relationships
  • Money/Career
  • Spirituality
  • Name of my Spouse
  • Name of each Child
  • Names of each Parent
Then to the right of each category, I created two columns: Accomplishments and Incomplete.


You can do the same. Create categories and fill in the blanks - whether you accomplished your goals, or if the action is incomplete.

Write a line-by-line assessment for each category. Don’t forget the small things!

You will be acknowledging what was a failure or success in 2012, which will get you ready for a new beginning. This is how to end this year more powerfully.

Go over your list with your inner circle, executive board, spouse, or mastermind partners, and talk about it all:
  • the good and the bad.
  • what you can change,
  • what you cannot change.
Rewind, reboot, reinvent, create. Happy New Year! Bring it on!
Bobbin Beam is a very active voice talent based in of the Milwaukee/Chicago 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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Comments (3)
Bobbin Beam
1/4/2013 at 9:32 PM
Maxine and Elizabeth , thanks so much for you input and support. I read another interesting quote today that in essence said, after every ending is a new beginning. I'm feeling that very much right now. Happy New Year!
Maxine Dunn
1/3/2013 at 5:59 PM
Hi Bobbin,

Thanks so much for the great insights! It's so important to look back at what we've done, learn from it, appreciate it, and really let it gel. In every aspect of our lives: family, business, finances, self-awareness...

And I applaud you for undertaking the amazing cross-country move that you did with such aplomb and grace. It's like you hardly missed a beat while doing something that would send many of us over the edge!

Hope all is well with you and keep these great missives coming!

Elizabeth Holmes
1/3/2013 at 12:28 PM
Thank you for this timely, helpful, wise advice Bobbin!

It echoes a quote I recently read from Meg Wheatley, (a highly respected business consultant): "Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful."

Life balance matters, and it's easiest to achieve when all of our goals talk to each other. Your system for reviewing then starting fresh sounds like a winner!
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