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What do you have to offer on acting and voice over jobs that makes you valuable? It’s not enough to be “talented”, you need to offer solutions and instill confidence in those most likely to hire you by knowing your job both in and out of the booth, on and off set. Find out what no other voice coach or acting school will teach you about becoming a voice actor and professional talent. What you don’t know will stop you from accomplishing your ambitions. How To Become a Valuable Voice Over: What Every Talent Needs To Know delivers precisely that in order for you to become a voice over and secure an acting career, not simply one job. Successful business owners will tell you that it generally takes three to five years to establish any small business. The same is true for the voiceover and acting business provided you utilize the tools necessary to running your voiceover and acting career. Discover what’s required to be successful, and how to establish and run your small business as a professional voice actor and talent. You’ll find current industry standards detailed in How To Become a Valuable Voice Over: What Every Talent Needs To Know. Learn trade secrets to securing voice acting jobs through talent agents and their most-trusted online sources.In order for art to meet commerce, you need to know How To Become a Valuable Voice Over: What Every Talent Needs To Know to establish and further your career as a professional talent. Learn the essentials required to offer the greatest opportunities in promoting yourself and maintaining your acting career and voice acting career regardless of location or experience level to land voice overs and on-camera jobs. Discover what no voice acting classes will teach you from the author of The SOUND ADVICE Encyclopedia of Voice-over & the Business of Being a Working Talent and expert in the voice acting and entertainment field to allow you the best chance to secure voice acting jobs as well as on-camera work.
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Chapter 1

Going the Distance

Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance.

—Samuel Johnson

At Sound Advice we’re often asked, What’s it take to go the distance in this business?

There’s no single answer. There are four: pursue, persist, prepare, and promote. These four components are absolutely vital to succeed at ANYTHING, let alone an acting or voice-over career. It’s your responsibility to ensure these elements are continually in play as they are required of you no matter how far along you may be—regardless of whether you are just beginning, or if you have been established and are aiming to raise your game to the next level. They are a constant.

Whatever you accomplish in this business, you’ll succeed only if you pursue it. Nothing will come to you, no matter how much talent you may have. Even with the benefit of nepotism, it’s ultimately up to you to run your career. This is your business and no one else’s. Own it. Opportunities are what you make of them.

You have to set your sights on your immediate goals, and then persist at them, and often beyond what you might first consider a comfortable margin. Additionally, developing and then maintaining your skills requires persistent dedication. This element only increases with success, not the other way around—contrary to what many novices may think.

So, if you find you’re easily frustrated or simply give up after a few months of training or even after only a year or two of promotion, then you may never honestly know for yourself what you could have created without real, long-term persistence.

Preparation means continually developing your abilities, and along with ongoing promotion, this requires patience. Allow yourself to continue to develop your skills. Agility is not naturally intuitive and talent can atrophy with lack of use. It takes attention. Otherwise your skills won’t be sharp when called upon at a moment’s notice, and they will be tested. Without persistence you will serve only to undermine your own confidence. Your confidence is directly related to your integrity as an artist. Regardless of your position, no matter how affluent you may be, no one can afford to lose his or her integrity. Even natural talent will degrade and weaken if not continually honed.

To add to this, your success is contingent on continual and repeated promotion far more than anyone in this business has previously ever lead you to believe. Consider it your staple from this point forward. It’s up to you to drive attention to yourself through your very best promotional efforts. And with that thought in mind, as a rule: never set your sights on securing just one audition, or one big break, or "wait until the time is just right." If so, you will secure only ONE audition, ONE break, and the time will never arrive because you never took the time to properly promote yourself. The time is right when you decide it is, so make that NOW. Make a decision as to what you want in your life and work toward those goals. In doing so you’ll accomplish far more than you ever imagined possible.

Every audition is a form of promotion, yet so many artists repel the idea of promotion that this could easily account for the scores of talented souls who have fallen into oblivion. If you leave your career alone I promise nothing will happen. It will slip through your fingers.

No one who has ever scored an Oscar accepted it saying, This was so easy. I don’t know why you guys don’t all have one. It was a piece of cake!

Nope. Anything worthwhile is accomplished from hard work and lots of it. And a good deal of that work comes from consistent and constant promotion. Consider it as much of your job as the performance itself. This is how we make ourselves known and familiar. Promotion comes with the territory and can’t be ignored if you intend to succeed as a working talent.

The fact remains that talent who persist at promotion, while honing their performance skills, will make themselves known and valuable. What they may lack performance-wise at the onset of their careers will strengthen and develop from experience, but not from a single coaching once every eight to ten months, or a half-hearted promotional blitz once or twice a year.

Those who become consummate professionals make it their business to run their own careers rather than leave it to chance.

However, keep in mind from the moment you decide to commit completely to establish (or further) your career it will seem as if all the forces in the universe will set out to thwart you. Not because you shouldn’t be pursuing this field, but rather the complete and utter opposite. It’s an occupational hazard that will test your mettle at every turn. And while you may be a strong sprinter at the onset of your career, aim to go the distance. It’s far more rewarding if you do.

And even with a thorough road map to follow, as we’ve laid out for you here at Sound Advice, you’re the one who has to dedicate yourself to the task of getting it done. Certainly your odds are far greater with us than without us, but it’s still work and you’re the one who has to do it. No one will give it to you, or