Ever wonder why some voice actors are really raking it in—and others aren’t? This difference in success and income isn’t usually based on talent alone. In fact, while talent gets you far, it’s these factors that really take a voice actor from good to uber-successful.
At CSM, our most successful clients are voice actors who are entirely unique from one another in their voice, their genres and their styles. Yet they have some important things in common. They approach business and life in some similar ways.
Every decade has its flavor.
The 2010s solidified the VO wild west into the new normal. When pay to plays disrupted the way our industry had run, the community rose to the challenge and and learned new ways to make a good living.
We also came out of our home offices and booths and got to really know one another at VO conferences and get togethers, and by supporting one another on social media. Many of us found great fulfillment in this.
Disruptive technologies took away from the old business model and gave to the truly entrepreneurial. Essentially, those who were willing to change with the times found not only success, but deeper connection interpersonally and within the industry.
Alas, we are onto a NEW decade! (more…)
These days, everybody expects the Amazon experience.
We want it fast. Easy. Now!
The truth is, we Americans have pretty insane expectations (groceries delivered from Whole Foods within two hours)—and they’re getting crazier—because companies are making it happen.
Crazy or not—the undeniable fact is, today, customers expect a lot. (more…)
I’m always telling my clients to be authentic. To share who they are.
Well, cancer gave me a choice—be uber-next-level-authentic and share my fight with the world—or grit my teeth and pretend nothing is going on.
Fortunately, my amazing dream team here are CSM didn’t give me much of a choice.
They said, “You tell everyone to be authentic. And to ask for help. Now it’s time for you to take your own advice!” (more…)
Are you “faking it” the right way?
I talk often about faking it till you make it. Especially in the beginning of your VO career, when perhaps you don’t have a lot of experience or confidence, it can be necessary to “fake it” until you feel like you belong. Why? Because it helps you get over mental roadblocks that aren’t real, and definitely aren’t serving you. (more…)