If you have been in the voice over business for more than a month, you know that voicing is a great way to connect and compel feelings through voice. But, it is also a profession of ups and downs, highs and lows and mistakes and rejections. So make sure that while you are perfecting your vocal delivery, you are developing your inner voice to support you through the hard times.
Most talents are sensitive, heart feeling people. Because we are sensitive, we may take rejection and mistakes personally and want to give up. Don’t! Develop your elevator speech to elevate your attitude and to keep you moving forward in your voice acting career.
Here are a few tips to perfecting your inner voice:
- Remind yourself that you are nurturing the unique gift of your voice: Becoming your best voice talent is a journey. Practice becoming better as you learn through the ups and downs of your journey.
- Record your own compassionate encouragement: Make a five-minute recording of self-encouragement. Make the recording after you have had a big win (any win) when you are on top of your game. Your voice speaking back to you during the hard times will help you remember that you can and will win again!
- Promise never to put yourself down: I once heard a preacher say, “Don’t talk negatively about yourself; others will do it for you.”
- Meditate on and review your situation: Positively determine what you can learn from a setback. If you did your best in an audition, that’s great. Keep up the excellent work. If you did not do your best, determine why and write one to four improvement statements. Read the statements daily for at least one week to help change your behavior.
Remember that each day is a gift that can only be received once. Don’t waste time with negative self-talk that will keep you from moving forward. Challenge you to perfect your inner voice to support and elevate you through the hard times. Be there for you, no matter what.
Go ahead and break that lip!