Thanksgiving Challenge Day #8

by | Social Networking, Voiceover, voiceovers

Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine  and author of The Compound Effect says, “To be great, be grateful”.

Darren’s come up with a Thanksgiving challenge. He suggests:

 “My challenge to you is to think of an area of your life you are
having difficulty in and want to improve. For the next 21 days, take
three minutes at the end of the day and write down what about that
problematic situation you appreciate, what’s good and what you’re
grateful for. This could be a confrontational co-worker at the office,
your job as a whole or your troubled marriage… anything or anyone that
frustrates or negatively affects you.

I promise you, when you change how you look at a situation, the situation changes.”


In all honesty, I don’t think I’ve written in this blog every single say for a long time. After all I’m going on four years of this blog. I must say that overall I’ve been pretty faithful to journal-ing here.  So it’s day 8! It’s been over a week and I feel a change coming over me. I feel more focused, more grounded, and spirited. Of course it could be my excitement over the pending holidays, with a long line of parties starting in two days.

So here I am trying to write about something that’s a challenge that I am ultimately thankful for. OK. I’ve found one. It’s incredible! If you’ve ever read Elaine Clark’s book, “There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is” you’ll know what I am speaking of when I say it’s the voiceover BIBLE. I think I’ve read it about 4-5 times already. And I think I’ll make a commitment to read it again before the new year.

Anyway I am thankful that I’ve have the good fortune to study with
Elaine Clark and subscribe to her newsletter from her coaching company, Voiceone.

Everything these days is all about “Social Networking”. It can be a challenge, because it truly is a relatively new marketing paradigm that’s still evolving. I myself find it challenging at times, because of the time commitment but am willing to stick with it.

I am not into selling, and don’t want to be “sold”. I will tell my story as it unfolds, at the time. I will in turn be receptive to those who make a true connection with me, by their stories and actions.

Elaine Clark has personally given me permission to be reprint the following:

Golden Rules

While once very social and interactive, voice
acting has become a home-based business with a lot of solitude.  Some actors
will never work in a professional recording studio.  Others may never have
talent agency representation.  When a gathering of voice actors occurs, it’s a
treat to connect and share stories.  It’s even better when actors have an
opportunity to mingle with directors and producers.  When this occurs, the actor
should remember the Networking Golden Rules:

1.  Thou shall not brag or be a talking resume.  They
are often referred to as (something unmentionable)

2.  Thou shall not descend on directors, agents, and
producers and talk shop or ask for a job unless they initiate the topic.

3.  Thou shall get to know people in the business as
human beings and not as a prey to be trapped and cornered. 

4.  Thou shall remember that people like to work with
friends and colleagues whom they trust and enjoy being around. 

5.  Thou shall remember that human qualities that
connect one person with another make for a lasting relationship.

6.  Thou shall remember that you are not your job but
what you do when you are not recording. 

7.  Thou shall not write about auditions and jobs on
social networking sites until the job has aired or permission to print or air
the information has been granted.

8.  Thou shall refer colleagues to jobs and they shall
repay the favor.

9.  Thou shall not write long emails.  The longer the
email, the slower the response.

10. Thou shall always leave a positive impression and
follow up in an appropriate manner during business

these Golden Rules and you will build your business and make every experience a
good one for all concerned.  It will serve you well in the long run.

Elaine Clark is the author of , “There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is”. She owns VoiceOne Studio in San Francisco at www. .  Her email is


  1. If we want to be happy being grateful is the best way to start.. Thank you so much for the Golden Rules of Networking

  2. Hello,
    Thank you for your wise comment about being grateful, and for dropping by!

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