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The Voice Over Victim Mentality

Recent changes made by Pay To Play casting sites have a lot of people really annoyed. Understandably. However, there’s a difference between voicing frustration, and blaming external factors for the challenges and struggles in your own voice over business.

Don’t let yourself fall into a victim mindset. It will limit your ability to succeed.

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An Attitude Check For Success

If someone else did your homework in school what happened? You failed.

If someone else does your work in your voiceover business what happens? You fail.

The Wrong Path To Success

Looking for the easy way out doesn’t lead to success.

Expecting someone to give you all the answers doesn’t lead to success.

Frustration with people who are already succeeding doesn’t lead to success.

The Right Path To Success

If you’re not willing to get your hands dirty, invest time, money and sweat equity, you might want to re-evaluate if this is really what you want to do.

A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway. Proverbs 15:19

An attitude for success is willing to make the investment.

An attitude for failure complains because someone else won’t do it all for them.

Which attitude do you have?

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Are Limiting Beliefs Impacting Your Voice Over Success

Is it possible that limiting and negative beliefs about money could be holding you back from achieving a new level of success in your voice over career? Let me tell you about my experience, and how changing my attitude changed everything!

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The Difference Maker For Your Voice Over Success

Whether you subscribe to “The Secret” (Law of Attraction), the power of positive thinking, PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) or to the teaching of Jesus and the Bible, there is one universal truth that remains.

Positive people will lead more abundant lives than negative people.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Glass Half Full? Glass Half Empty?

  • Do you walk into an audition confident you’re going to nail it. Or do you walk in convinced you’re not right for the part?
  • Do you finish each week thankful for every opportunity you had? Or do you finish each week feeling like a failure and focusing on every opportunity you didn’t get?
  • Do you know your value and charge for your services accordingly? Or do you doubt yourself, your skill, your ability and undercut rates every time?
  • Do you begin each day hopeful and excited for all the possibilities? Or do you dread the work, effort and possible disappointments that await?

The Common Thread

Glass Half FullWhen I talk to frustrated talent who aren’t achieving the level of success they’ve been hoping for, there’s often on common bond that ties them all together.

A negative attitude.

That’s not to say they’ve always been that way. It’s certainly not to say there’s no hope. We all have bad days. Bad weeks. Dry spells. Nobody is ever happy and positive all the time. That said, when a negative attitude becomes your norm, it will absolutely infect and therein effect your work.

Just to be clear, this doesn’t mean that you can simply sit around thinking happy thoughts all day and success and abundance are going to come to you. You’re still going to have to do the work. You’re still going to have to improve yourself daily.

The Difference Maker For Your Voice Over Success

self-confidenceAll this simply means is that if you go into it with a positive attitude you’re much more likely to open up the doors to opportunity then if you go in with a negative and defeated attitude.

When you feel good about yourself, when you have a positive outlook, your confidence can’t help but increase. When your confidence increases, that’s going to take hold and impact everything you do. Be it business, personal or otherwise.

I start every day giving thanks and I end every night doing the same. I’ve found this to be a great set up to maintain a positive outlook and for more easily recognizing opportunities when they present themselves.

Whatever approach you take, never underestimate the power of positive attitude and the crucial role it will play in the level of success you achieve.

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How To Make Your Bad Days Good

Have you ever noticed how easily it is for us to remember every detail of a bad day? It’s like we come pre-wired with an intrinsic desire to see the glass half empty.

Oh sure, we don’t want to be that way. Seeing our glass half full… that takes work. Effort. Commitment. Seeing it half empty… that just comes naturally.

Consider This Experience

green-traffic-lightYou need to run to the supermarket. You jump in your car, because you’re blessed enough to have one. You head down the street and across town. On your way, you somehow manage to hit every light green. Once at the supermarket, you find a parking spot as close to the front door as possible without having a accessible sticker in your windshield. You head inside, and down the isle to the product you need. The product which just happens to be on sale!

As you head to the checkout you notice that all the lines are long. But suddenly, while nobody notices, a new cashier opens her register and you have just become first in line! Could this trip get any better? Visions of four-leaf clovers, leprechauns and double rainbows dance wildly through your head as you consider your good fortune.

Now back in your vehicle and heading back across town to your home, this time things go a bit differently. You hit several red lights, get stuck behind a school bus for three blocks and a bird has chosen to decorate your hood.

What Story Would You Tell

Your spouse greets you at the door and asks you about the trip. Answer honestly, if this had been your day, what story would you tell?

I’m going to guess the majority of you would forget all about the good fortune that you had in the beginning of the adventure, and instead would tell your spouse about the red lights, school bus and bird. I confess, that would likely be my first instinct!

How To Make Your Bad Days Good

one-good-thingWhen things aren’t going your way in the studio you have two options. You can let it get to you, begin to feel defeated, and ultimately, give up for the day. Or, you can find and focus on at least one good thing.

  • You’re your own boss!
  • You have a studio that you can record from.
  • You have clients that respect you and pay for your services.
  • You’re working at living your dream.

If you want to turn your day around, you’ve got to find something good and hold onto it, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem at the time. Do it often enough, for enough days and weeks in a row, and eventually you’ll form a new habit. A new habit that will lead to a lot more good days!

Do it often enough, for enough days and weeks in a row, and eventually you’ll form a new habit. A new habit that will lead to a lot more good days!

And when you’re having a good day your attitude reflects it and your voice over business will start to reflect it too!

QUESTION: Is you glass half full or glass half empty?