If you’re like me, your years on this Earth have brought you many opportunities and challenges. Opportunities can help us grow. Challenges can bring growth or failure in the end. In this post COVID-19 lock down existence, opportunities and challenges abound yet are elusive. So, instead of complaining about what’s next or challenging in the voice-over industry, why not expand and look for ways to make voiceovers lead you to new paths of opportunities.
Elephant In The Room
I recently went to a voice-over conference and had my feelings hurt. The person was not trying to injure me, but her constructive criticism felt like she had hit me with a two-by-four over my head. The criticism was related to some recent work I had done. Her point was I needed to make changes to improve my marketability. Well, all I heard were dollar signs!
After a few weeks, it occurred to me that I should thank my critic, embrace her comments, and make the changes necessary to maintain my marketability. Her words were somewhat of a shock because I had been walking around my elephant. Once I faced ‘my elephant’, I embraced my truth and planned a better future as a voice-over professional.
“Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.”
Turn Challenges into Opportunities
Do you need to update your voiceover demos? Is your sound dating you? Are you making more excuses than cold calls these days? The excuses list can go on, but my point is it’s time to face your truths and the elephant in your room. Turn these challenges to your voiceover business into new opportunities for improving your success.
Check Your Bio
We, as voiceactors, tend to only focus on getting jobs voicing projects. But most of us have talents and skills that reach across many areas of business. We should never forget other things we can do and can bring to a table. Over time, skills can become a little rusty, which means it may be time for a refresher. Dormant skills or talents (once updated) may make excellent complements to a voice-over business. Writing, editing, marketing, drawing, painting, accounting, and other skill areas can be excellent additional income sources.
Make It Work
We all have seasons of plenty and want. The trick is to make the seasons work for you. Manage your livelihood (with the elephant under control) with a fresh appreciation of your skills. That may mean redoing your work or play schedule to be available for other jobs. If voiceover projects are less plentiful for a short time, consider seeking employment that can utilize your other skills.
For example, the voiceover industry always needs copywriters, audio engineers, proofreaders, or other invaluable skills. Look for ways you can fill the needs of the industry and develop new relationships that can lead to more voiceover work.
We get one shot at life, so it’s okay to slow down sometimes but don’t stop meeting life head-on. Whether you face opportunities or challenges, make your voiceover business work for you, and let your love of being a voice-over professional never take the back seat.
You can and are the best at what you do. So voice on and #breakthatlip