How many times during the career of a voice actor will he or she hear, “The client has decided to go with another voice talent”?
you’re honest, it’s all the time, especially if you audition constantly
and consistently. Sure, you nail the read, and some gigs you’ll even
book. But how do we work through this repeating message without
becoming a head case?
Some call it, “selection, not rejection”.
While that might be true, and it softens the blow. But it feels otherwise at the moment you receive
that old refrain from your contact people. You know your audition was
stellar. You did the job. You just didn’t book it. And unless you’re a
bald-faced liar or delusional, it happens more often than not. And
yes, sometimes we’ll get on a hot streak and score score score. Know
that things can change.
Some like to endlessly
spin and spew all their impressive credits to all who they think
actually care. I tune out that noise. Instead, I go to work on things
that matter and that I can change, that I can control. I cannot control the voice casters who makes the decisions.
do I handle this not so glamorous voice actor reality ? I seek to
express, not impress. And be interested, not interesting. At times I
must admit I must summon all my Zen for clarity.
I must move on. I summon the gut check.
living in the voice over space for so long, by now I’ve trained myself to
let go and move on quickly, and focus on the positive, fantastic gigs I
have performed. I’m still that same person, at the top of my game. It may take a day or so, but the
end for me result is a better one on all levels.
I realize this is up to me. What’s not working is me, so I need to act. Nobody’s going to ride in on a while horse and change the scenario. So I read and
learn constantly. I seek coaching and stay abreast of trends. I’m always
changing and becoming, renewing. I’ll read a good book or watch a movie to get my head out of myself. I’m planting new seeds and tending my
garden, taking care of the business. Always working to improve the
booking ratio. Laziness is not allowed.
I’m learning about what
I don’t know. And there’s a lot I don’t know. So when I feel a gut
check is in order, I remember that champions never became champions
without dedication and tons of hard work to achieve peak performance.