Any idiot can face a crisis; it’s the day to day living that wears you out – Anton Chekhov
The life of a voice actor has long presented unique challenges. Successful talents are usually people who show exceptional resilience. They have the strength and the passion to go on even in the face of adversity.
One of America’s top announcers from the heyday of voiceovers is Peter Thomas. Peter tells the story of a booking he had in New York City the day of a blizzard. Every commuter train from Greenwich was cancelled. Peter rushed down to the station and hopped aboard an early milk train bound for the city and made his session to everyone’s astonishment!
What Peter showed was great resilience. He was caught in a tough place that forced him to take action—and he bounced back and carried on with his career.
If you are a young voiceover talent or a vet looking to keep up the good fight…start with one and continue to add on as you go. Resilient people lead successful and happier lives.
Below are eight habits of successful voice actors:
1. Get the Support You Need
Talents with exceptional resilience typically have a big safety net—many professional friends to turn to when times get tough. Studio owners, editors, voice coaches, etc…Pros who are there for you during good and bad times strengthen your resilience. Don’t have too many professional friends? Get out there and join an online group or attend a voice conference—start connecting and making friends.
2. Realize it’s Just Part of Life
Resilience comes with knowing that life isn’t perfect and that, yes, there will be drama and trauma in your voiceover career at one time or another. Your ability to view lousy copy, poor direction and an intermittent internet connection as isolated events instead of what your future has in store for you is what will set you up for success and greater resilience in the future.
3. Make Healthy Choices
Talents who are extremely resilient typically take care of themselves. They exercise, get the rest they need before a gig and make an effort to eat healthy. If you take care of yourself—you will be less likely to fall apart during those long challenging sessions that are filled with stress.
4. Remember to Laugh
Even during the worst times, exceptionally resilient voice talents still laugh and find joy. Laughter can reduce any tension which you, the producer or client feels and helps to minimize the issue at hand. Yes, the bad things will still happen, but you can lighten that load by keeping or offering your sense of humor.
5. Be Nice to Others
Exceptionally resilient actors enjoy helping others. They find great joy in random acts of kindness. On the flip side, it is equally important to appreciate kindness from other professionals who are trying to help you during a tough session—showing gratitude is also a big part of resiliency.
6. Get the Ball Rolling
Resilient voice talents face career obstacles head-on. When confronted by a crisis, they immediately ask themselves, “What are my choices and solutions for this?” They collect all the information they can, come up with a plan, and then face the situation directly with action. Even when faced with finding better paying work, searching for a new agent or upgrading a home studio, resilient people collect information, plan, and act until things are on track.
7. Look at the Bright Side
Resilient people have a knack for always finding the silver lining. They are able to see the good even during the slowest voiceover times. Resilient talents literally see each career moment or audition as another opportunity and another chance. Their glass is definitely half full.
8. Don’t Make the Same Mistake Again
Resilient voices learn from their mistakes instead of making the same ones over and over. They ask themselves what went wrong and come up with a strategy to prevent the mistake from happening again. They get excited about doing things in a new way or approaching things differently, and this is what helps them endure unhappy times.A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance – Proverbs 15:13