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One Word That Can Sink Your Voice Over Business

On more than one occasion, after a really stellar day or week, I’ve looked at my books with a smile and walked out of the office early. Sometimes I take an afternoon off. Sometimes a few days off. After a big score, I’d think to myself, “My week is made, I’ve earned a break and a little celebratory adventure.”

There’s not necessarily anything wrong with that. We all need time out of the office and success is certainly something to be enjoyed! Otherwise, what’s the point?

But you have to be careful.

One Word That Can Sink Your Business

sucess breeds complacencyIt’s one thing to enjoy your success. It’s an entirely different thing to allow a little success to cause you to become complacent.

If there is one word that can kill your voice over business, that’s the word… complacency.

When you start letting yesterday’s success ease you into tomorrow’s complacency, you’re in trouble. Your business is in trouble. When the big score is enough that you don’t work for the rest of the week, you’re setting yourself up for failure. When every good day leads to a day off or every good week leads to a week off, you’re walking a dangerous path.

When you start letting yesterday’s success ease you into tomorrow’s complacency, you’re in trouble.

Success breeds success. You need harness that energy and momentum and allow it to carry you into the next gig, the next contract, the next new client.

If yesterday was good, greet tomorrow with thoughts of how you’ll make it even better.

QUESTION: I’ve been guilty of complacency. Have you?


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Remove This Word From Your Vocabulary In 2014


I want you to do yourself a favour. Just go ahead and remove that word from your vocabulary this year.

Next time you want to wish someone “good luck,” say, “all the best,” instead. Book a really big job? Think it was because you’re “lucky.” It’s not. It’s because you’re blessed. Or, maybe it’s because you’re skilled. Could it be because you worked hard?

Stop Crediting Luck

four-leaf-cloverThe whole idea of “luck” is rather frustrating to me, if I’m being honest. Do we really give credit to rabbits feet? Leprechauns? Four-leaf clovers? When good things happen to us, can we honestly claim it happened by chance? A mystical lining of the cherries on some magical universal slot machine?

I don’t know about you, but I work hard. Every day I hit the ground running to build my voice over business. I’m reaching out to clients. I’m searching for leads. I’m submitting auditions, demos, proposals, quotes. I’m spending time on social media. I’m writing blog posts.

Credit Where It’s Due

  • Sweat equity.
  • Perseverance.
  • Persistence.
  • Work ethic.

If you want to give credit to any of those factors, by all means. But please, don’t ever tell me I’m “lucky to be so successful.”

If you want to say anything, tell me I’m blessed. Truly I am. If you don’t believe in God, that’s ok. I won’t make you. But I will tell you that when good things happen in my voice over business, I always take a moment to give credit where it’s due. To my Maker!

Get To Work

If you sit around in the office / studio all day waiting for luck to strike, I’ll tell you right now, it’s going to be a long year for you friend! Is it success you seek? Prosperity? Great clients? A little brand recognition? You will not achieve any of these things by chance. I don’t care what your Magic 8 Ball or horoscope says.

The key to having a great year this year is removing the word luck from your vocabulary and replacing it with “hard work” which always leads to “blessings.”

QUESTION: Do you believe in luck or hard work?

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5 Steps You Can Take Towards Becoming Successful At Voice Over

I really believe that we, as individuals, have the capacity to accomplish anything we desire. That doesn’t mean it will come easy. In fact, it will take hard work, dedication, perseverance and persistence. But if you’re willing to commit, you can do it.

If you’re here, it’s because you want to be great at voice over. Maybe you want to do it full-time, maybe part-time, maybe you’ve got specific goals you want to accomplish. Either way, you’re already taking a step in the right direction. Continue reading 5 Steps You Can Take Towards Becoming Successful At Voice Over