When you're first starting out in the Voice Over industry, there's a lot to think about.
"Should I get trained?"
"How do I create my website?"
"What equipment do I need?"
"Where do I audition?"
"How do I audition?"
It can be pretty overwhelming to say the least.
How do I know? Because it wasn't too long ago that I was trying to figure it all out myself...on my own...asking all those same questions.
It took a long time and a lot of trial and error.
But in case you're feeling sorry for my old self (thank you if you are!) - - believe it or not, I'm actually glad Voice Over success didn't happen immediately.
Why? Because now when I'm asked for advice from someone just starting out, I can appreciate where they're coming from. I can understand the frustration of not knowing where to begin...of not even knowing what you don't know!
It was this frustration that drove my determination to learn as much as I could about the industry - - and to figure out ways to share this information with others.
What I've found from my own experience is that it's often helpful to break goals down into manageable tasks and then work on making steady progress on each one. After a while you realize that you've made some significant headway!
That's why I spend an entire module in my online course talking about Voice Over training and the steps you can take right now to begin to hone your craft.
One of the biggest mistakes aspiring voice actors make is wanting to quickly get a demo made so they can send it out and get work. So many of the successful voice actors I talk with on my podcast say the same thing when it comes to your demo - - don't record it until you're ready.
I know it can be frustrating to wait, especially when your all fired up and ready to go. Again...I know, I've been there - but the difference between a well made demo and a not so well made one can be the difference between getting a VO job and not getting one.
Right now I'm in the process of working with my VO coach one-on-one, to help take my career to the next level. The demos I created several years ago need updating - - but I'm not going to record new ones just yet.
I'm taking the time to learn from someone better than me - to stretch myself and hone my skills.
When my coach tells me I'm ready, I'll create my new demos and begin to market myself to a whole new set of potential clients. Believe me - I'm chomping at the bit to get going, but I'm going to be patient - - and I want to encourage you to be patient too.
My coach is Marc Cashman, and it was a lot of fun interviewing him on my podcast. If you want some great advice from a terrific teacher, give it a listen.
Here's the link:
Marc Cashman Interview
Enjoy - and remember, this journey that you're on is a constant work in progress. Even if it takes some time, just keep moving forward and progress will come!
I look forward to talking again soon.
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.