Sometimes we just need to get over ourselves and get out of our own way.
What am I talking about?
Well, often the decision to enter into the world of VO comes after you've done some other line of work. That work could be similar to VO, like a film or stage actor switching over to doing voice-overs.
It might be, however, that your journey into VO is coming from a very different place.
Aspiring voice actors come from all kinds of different lines of work - truck drivers, office workers, heck, even pharmacists!
The transition into the VO world (even if it's part-time) can be a bit overwhelming and you might be reluctant to tell someone you're a voice actor.
Get over it!
A friend of mine is one of the most successful voice actors in LA - voicing national campaigns for major brands.
For years she didn't tell even her closest friends that she did VO because she was embarrassed that she wasn't having enough success as a film actress, which was (and is) her true passion.
She got over it, and started to promote herself as a voice actor and more work came her way. She's also had more success on her journey toward achieving her dream goal of being a film actress.
(You can hear her story on my podcast by clicking here.)
Another VO friend of mine who ramped up to full-time in a matter of several years, tells everyone he meets that he's a voice actor.
He actually got hired for a VO gig on a ski lift after telling the person he was riding with that he was a voice actor.
(You can hear his story on my podcast by clicking here.)
My very first VO gig came as a result of me striking up a conversation with a stranger at a luncheon. I handed him one of my business cards (hot off the press) and a few weeks later he called and hired me for my first-ever paid VO job.
I'd recently left political office (I had served as Mayor of my home town) and was little self-conscious about discussing my new foray into the VO world. I can only imagine what my path would have been had I not pulled out my business card that day.
(You can hear my story on my podcast by clicking here.)
So, whatever your current or past job is or has been, once you make the decision to start down the path toward being a voice actor - - tell everyone!
You never know where it might lead you.
Keep me posted on your progress and stay connected with me over on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. I'd love to hear how your journey is coming along!
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 at vosuccess.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.