Sometimes the idea of starting any new business can be scary and intimidating. You may want to be a voice actor but the idea of actually taking the steps to make it happen seems out of reach.
I know there are a lot of reasons NOT to start your own VO business, even part time. All the little details...you're not sure where to start..,you're not sure if your voice is good enough...and probably the most common one - you don't have enough time.
I've talked to dozens of very successful voice actors and walked the walk myself. When it comes to determining if you have enough time, ask yourself a question.
Do you have a few hours a week that you can
schedule into your calendar?
Time is the great equalizer - because each of us gets 24 hours each day to live our lives. I understand that life places a lot of demands on you - a full-time job, a family, emails to answer, leaves to rake! (it's Fall here in the Northeast)
But what if you could take a look at your calendar and schedule in just a few hours to work on something that could potentially change your future.
Would you do it?
I've found that if you don't book the time on your calendar to work on your dream, lots of other commitments will creep in and gladly take it's place.
Now, I know everyone's schedule is different, so the amount of time you'll be able to set aside will be different from someone else's, but if you can schedule 5, 4, or even 3 hours each week, and honor that time for yourself, you WILL see results.
The key to making a lasting change is taking control of your own time.
I know from personal experience that it wasn't until I committed to carving out special time exclusively to pursue my dream, that my VO business began to grow.
I cover a lot more detail in my VO Success online course - including the steps you can take to fill up that time with productivity to create a solid foundation for your VO career.
But it all starts with making a commitment to yourself - that you will set aside time in your calendar to pursue your dream.
Will you do it? I hope you will and I'm rooting for you!
All the best,
Mike Lenz is an entrepreneur, professional voice actor, audio book narrator, author, podcast host, husband and father. His ebook, Paid To Talk, is available on amazon.com, his podcast, Mike Lenz Voice – A Journey Into Voice Acting, can be heard on iTunes, and his online course, 5 Steps To Start (and Grow) Your Voice-Over Career, can be found atvosuccess.com. Mike is passionate about sharing stories from amazing and inspiring people from all areas of the voice-over industry, as well as sharing his insights with aspiring voice actors around the world. Mike lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.