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One Way To Elevate Your Self Confidence

Being confident is one of the most important building blocks for voice over success. When you’re self confident, it impacts every area of your life and business. You market better. Audition better. Perform better.

What can do you, then, to build your self confidence? In this weeks video I share a tactic that I’ve employed for a couple years now, very successfully, in my own voice over business. It worked wonders for me, and I believe it can for you too!

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A Word About Confidence

I’m currently reading, “6 Months to 6 Figures” by Peter Voogd. I’m only a few chapters in, but it’s already proving to be a great read. Very motivating.

Last night as I read, there was one quote that really hit me…

If you don’t have confidence, you will always find a way to lose.


There’s not much more I need to say about that, beyond the fact that it’s in your face truth you need to carry into every audition and marketing call you make this week. This month. This year.

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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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You know what sucks? A slow day.

You know what sucks worse? A slow week!

You know what sucks the most? A slow season!

I don’t care if you’ve been doing voice over for ten days, ten months or ten years, you’re going to experience all of the above. It’s the nature of the business. Some days, weeks, and seasons are naturally busier than others.

Dry Spells

When the slow times hit it’s really easy to panic. I’ve been doing voice over work for a very long time, and when I go through a slow period, I still start to sweat sometimes. I mean, this is my income! It’s how I support myself. Pay my rent. Buy Dr Pepper!

When I talk to voice actors who are looking for advice, one of the common themes I find among those in dry-spells is a sense of desperation.

I get it. Believe me… I get it!

My first year doing VO full time I made something like $13,000. I had plenty of desperate days!!

What I learned along the way, though, is the desperation… it’s really bad. It gets in your head. It affects your confidence. In turn, it comes through in everything you do.


desperate-timesDesperation seeps into your voice in your auditions.

It changes the tone and language of your marketing.

It affects how you interact with clients.

Desperation chips away at your perceived value.

It’s a subtle thing. One you may not even realize. Take it from someone who’s been there, done that. What I’m telling you, it’s true.

Desperation will hurt your business.

Push Forward

What do you do, then? How do you push through the dry-spells? How do you keep your confidence high? How do you fight the desperation when the gigs aren’t coming and the bank account is getting low?

You treat every audition like you’ve already booked it.

You treat every prospect like they’re already a client.

You market yourself like a pro.

You value yourself like a pro.

You remember that, heck yeah I’m good enough!

And seasons change!


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One Thing Before You Start That Audition…

Believe In YourselfIf you go into a voice-over audition thinking that you won’t get it, don’t worry. You won’t!

Walk into every audition believing the gig is yours.

Sure, you’re not going to book every one… or maybe you will. But I promise you this. Your odds of booking are a lot greater if you go in believing in yourself, your talent and your skills than if you go in believing in defeat. Continue reading One Thing Before You Start That Audition…