The Definition of Sanity

by | Dec 19, 2018 | VO Business | 2 comments

What’s that old definition of insanity?

“Doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results”.

Yeah, THAT definition.

So the definition of sanity must be to embrace change.

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Let me challenge you today to do things differently (pick at least one):

  • Do you audition in the AM?…try the evening?
  • Do you have a $1000+ mic you ALWAYS use. Try the $300 one over there in the corner gathering dust.
  • Email campaigns not working? Try a cold call once in a while.
  • Do you sit to audition? Try standing. (or the other way around)
  • Are you working too hard…stressing? Take a day off.
  • Foundering on Facebook? Do Pinterest instead for a week.
  • Social Media taking too much time? Open a hard-back book.
  • Feeling isolated in your booth? Make a phone call to a VO friend. Just because.
  • Do you address a mic that’s hanging down? Reposition it to be standing up.
  • Feeling rusty? Review notes from your last coaching session.
  • Record in a different room with your best mobile set-up. See what clients say.
  • Tired of your Mac? Try a PC! (or vice-versa)
  • For once, use your other DAW that you have in mothballs “just in case”.
  • Read copy through 5 times (or more) before saying a word.
  • (better yet) Memorize the copy before recording.
  • The item in your business plan that’s gone undone?…do it!…or delete it.
  • Try different settings on your pre-amp.
  • Switch-up the canned response in your audition replies.
  • Do one thing different before entering your booth…physically, mentally, spiritually.
  • Find a better software solution for tracking clients.
  • Drink only purified or distilled water for two days as liquid intake.
  • Do Rodney Saulsberry’s vocal warm-up before turning on the mic.
  • Never tried improv? Contact Rebecca Haugh.

See? I’ll bet you can think of even more ways to tweak just one little thing in your routine that will not endanger your business, but might just jog you out of the patterns that are a hindrance to your progress.

If so, please add them to the comments on this blog.





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  1. Dave Johnston

    This was excellent Dave, great suggestions to pull out of a voiceover rut. Thanks for all that you do to bring us Voicelings ever forward. The happiest of holidays to you and yours.

  2. brigganobryan

    Dave, thank you! This was a terrific read, especially right now. Things can get a little stagnant by year’s end, and I’m definitely going to adopt some of these changes to liven things up a bit, and change my perspective. Happy Holidays


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