I am excited to talk to you about the people sleeping in voice over right now. And you might be like, Anthony, what the heck are you talking about ... everyone sleeps?
I'm talking about all the people who are not working hard enough to get what they want. There are people making excuses. There are people failing to simply start.
"Courage is crossing the starting line" Amby Burfoot
All of those people choosing to "not start", choosing to not take chances, choosing to sleep when there is plenty of time to do more, are going to lose.
And that is a huge opportunity for you and me.
You see, when I started out in voice over years ago, I didn't have the fancy equipment I have right now. I didn't have a studio or Whisper Room or super expensive mics. All I had was a crazy desire to work and prove myself.
There is not a day that goes by I don't thank my lucky stars that I worked so hard in the beginning.
I remember people asking me about my successes early on and saying things like, "He is lucky" or "He has some magic secret" ... Between you and me, I wish I had some magic secret.
But I suppose I did, because the magic secret I had was hours and hours of work after everyone was sleeping.
Literally, that's it. I auditioned, auditioned, and then auditioned more. I sent emails, I went to websites, I tried all sorts of things and people gave me work (Maybe they were tired of me bugging them because I sure wasn't that good as a voice over practitioner back then).
But I worked hard because I wanted to do something that I was proud of. It had been so long since I was proud of myself. Maybe you know where I am coming from. There are only so many times you can try things, fail, pick yourself back up, and try something new, without getting scars along the way.
Those scars prepare us for what is to come. They prepare us for success.
The point is, if someone tells you not to push yourself to ends of your limits, they are not trying to help you get better.
** On a side note, being reckless with your health and mind is not what I am saying. I am saying that we have to push our limits if we ever want to be better or we will simply stay the same.
"Do you know what happens if we don't try? Nothing." Braveheart
If we don't try, nothing ever happens, and I can't stand the thought of anything happening.
So from now on, push yourself to the limit and don't listen to the people that tell you to stop. They are the ones that are sleeping and can't understand why you are not. They are unwilling to push themselves beyond the limits. That doesn't make them bad, it just means opportunity for us.
Are you going to be the person that is sleeping? Or are you going to be the person that is pushing beyond their limit?
In the end ... you have to answer yourself.