by | Feb 23, 2012 | Ruminations | 2 comments

Apparently public self-flagellation is a big draw.

Yesterday’s blog: “THE MOST TRANSPARENT BLOG I’VE EVER WRITTEN” was one of my most-viewed articles EVAR.  Not only that, but hands down, it drew spirited and thoughtful responses on the blog, by email, and on various Social Media sites.

I think it’s safe to say, then, that I’m not alone in my lament.

Many thanked me for being brave, candid, transparent, and honest.  I’m humbled by those assessments.  I really am.  But, honestly, it just felt good to get it off my chest.  It was like this 800 lb Gorilla in the room that everyone was dancing around, but nobody was acknowledging.

Among the great statements in response:

…As we’ve all discovered at various times in our lives, the race is not to the swift, but to he who keeps running…. (dave menashe)

…I am not where I want to be yet in VO but like you am at a place of “Tweaking”…(paul hernandez)

…No matter what the reason for your biz being off, take responsibility for getting yourself back on track. Work on your skills, improve your marketing, network, redo demos, form a VO workout group… (dave fennoy)

…When I don’t know what the next step is, I just take one. It doesn’t matter what it is. It doesn’t matter if it’s the best thing I could do at the time…

…It’s possible to want something so badly that your desperation to have it can actually push it away from you….

…Stop the comparisons to other people! It is the single greatest act of self-negation that keeps us from our good… (all three karen commins)

…Dry spells are the worst, but anyone contemplating a career in VO needs to know they are a reality. If we are truly kind, we give those who are seeking, the TRUTH about the industry… (penny abshire)

…I don’t think anyone can ever be totally secure in the VO business. It is a daily challenge… (michael schoen)

When dry spells come my way, I also take time to nurture relationships in my life needing attention because of previous whirlwind days of work.  (lisa rice)

When I’m having a dry spell, I work on my website and marketing, try to think of new ways to reach potential clients, new ways to develop my business, etc. That way I can say, “I am working, it’s just that I’m working for myself.” (victoria feinerman)

More coaching, better demo, new business plan, etc. I always find a hole in the big picture and improving my skills and marketing have always paid off. So far 🙂 (randye kaye)

There were more, and I can’t excerpt them all, just know that I’ve appreciated all the thoughts.  VO people rock in so many ways!  Why wouldn’t I want to press on to my goals?… This is the greatest community of professionals no one knows about.

Let’s get to work, now!




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  1. tim

    Thanks for these words. The voice over world definitely requires patience but nice to hear from others in the industry

    • CourVO


      Your words, too, contribute to the community.

      Thanks for your participation and your comment.

      Dave C


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