Planning is important, but planning without execution is a waste of time!
The difference - Planning is a set of directions, execution is driving with those directions.
Trying to take your voice over business somewhere without directions folly. We all know this. But the interesting part of the assumption is you are actively going somewhere. We tend to overlook that small detail in that saying.
Most of us muster the courage of putting together a plan, but very few of us actually follow through and execute!
"Planning is a mental activity. Execution is a physical one."
When you find yourself questioning what to do next, or find yourself sitting still thinking of the path, or worse, fiddling around with the internet trying to get your "bearings", you are planning.
But when you take action, you begin to control and predict the outcome of the desired result. THAT is execution.
Don't wait for the perfect plan to execute. If you...
I will never forget when I was a teenager and I went on a field trip to see Phantom of the Opera with my Choral class.
It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. The art of it all ... the costumes, set, pictures, music, acting, all of it, was simply breathtaking.
That was the moment that I knew art, in some shape or way, would be in my life. Because it moved me. It captivated me. It took me to a different world where everything seemed right. It's where I belonged.
So my life as an actor began in the nosebleed cheap seats of a massive coliseum over 25 years ago.
Fast forward to the present day, and I am proud that I make my living through the art of voice over.
This career moves me as the music did so many years ago.
I want to ask you ... does voice over as an art form move you?
The big question, right? But I thought, "What the heck, might as well ask."
So ... what is Art?
Miriam Webster says: "Art is something that is created with...
With all of the information out there on how to get more clients for your voice over business, I thought it would be a good idea to tell you the sources that are bringing me "Actual" work.
This list is not in any order and I will refrain from giving you money totals, since those vary from week to week, month to month, but every source listed here is bringing me money on a regular basis for VOICE OVER.
Let's dive in ...
This is a freelance website that is free to join and find business. The general premise of the website is as follows: Businesses come to the website looking for a freelancer to complete a job.
They post the job on the website and wait for freelancers to send proposals on their job offer.
We, as freelancers, search out the related jobs, send proposals to the buyers, and they either accept our proposal or not. If they do, we complete the work to their specs and deliver.
When that is completed, we are paid through...
The saying goes, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." I agree wholeheartedly with this statement. And I would venture to say that most of us are failing to plan right now for success in our voice over business.
Lack of planning is the most evident characteristic I have seen when it comes to my successes and failures. And after working with so many voice actors, I can safely say that we are all struggling in this department.
So, what is a plan, really? Why should we have a plan for our business? And what should the plan be?
Let's take a look at each of these:
A plan is a series of steps, that when completed in order (the order can vary), will lead you to the destination/goal you are trying to reach.
What's funny about this definition above is the simplicity of it, yet we all know how difficult it can be to plan. To start, you have a goal. That goal involves moving forward towards something tangible.
Because goals involve...
I mean, why would you want to jeopardize the quality of your audio if you can afford to make it great?
If you’ve decided to take a fresh look at the voiceover industry before you pull on your togs and flippers and dive in head first, here are some important aspects to consider, to help you navigate the ‘white water rapids’ on your VO Journey...
Once upon a time, or 20 years ago, or so... it was ‘virtually impossible’ to find and book work in the voiceover industry without having agent representation, as agents and advertising agencies held the keys to voice rosters and casting calls with major corporates and they also had the ‘last word’ on whether you’d work or not… Let’s take a look at the role of the current day agent and whether you need one to be a voiceover artist...
Note: Ensure you read the book you’re narrating before you start to record… or at least skim through to the end, as...