I spend my days on the phone with voice actors like you. Time and again, do you know what wins jobs? CONFIDENCE. Yes, in a competition between 2 super talented actors—the one with the most confidence wins.
Some people have talent by the bucket-loads, but without confidence—they don’t soar.
Equally as important as honing your talent is developing and maintaining your confidence. If you don’t believe your read, nobody else is going to believe it. Nobody is out there winning gigs who doesn’t believe in themselves.
Lady Gaga won for best song at the Oscars. I thought her acceptance speech was gold, because she touted hard work:
“I worked hard for a long time, and it’s not about winning, but it’s about not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. It’s not how many times you stand up, but how brave you are to keep going.”
She works hard. She believes in herself. And sometimes, that capacity to rely on hard work can be a confidence-builder.
No matter where you get your swagger from—you need it to succeed. If you’re having a crisis of confidence, do whatever is necessary to get back into that zone.
When it comes to confidence, know this:
-It’s not about being perfect. It’s about being yourself. Own your “imperfections” because they are what make you amazing.
-Surround yourself with people who truly believe in you (and aren’t just blowing smoke). Those who can see you clearly will support your best direction.
-People connect with vulnerability. Find confidence in being brave enough to be yoursel
-If necessary, fake it till you make it.
-You don’t have to do everything. Tune into your voice. See yourself clearly, and audition accordingly. Prune out the stuff that doesn’t work—and focus on what you’re most competitive in. Need help seeing clearly? I’ll set you straight!
-Know that (like Lady Gaga talked about) hard work is something you can always choose—even if you’re feeling discouraged. You can garner confidence from the fact that you always choose hard work, and that you always get up and keep forging forward bravely.
-An awesome, authentic brand supports your confidence! Confidence starts with a good foundation that makes you proud to be yourself. This means everything: you website, your social media presence, and your demos.
Like I say in my book – VoiceOver Achiever – brand your voiceover career, change your life. I believe that to my core. I’ve seen it time and time again.
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