This last Thursday night, I was a guest speaker for a meet-up group in Sacramento, CA called VOICES of Sacramento. It’s a very cool group focused on the business of voice overs. Local voice over folks, Jon Morss Luis Garcia head up the group and people at all levels of the business are welcome to attend. I had the opportunity to speak about my experience as a voice over talent and how I got started in the business, and more importantly, what I do to keep working in this business. As I stated in my talk, I don’t know everything. The only path I know is the one I’ve tread. But I do know that I have done something right to be able to have voiced over 2000 projects. I told the group that, if nothing else, persistence is my true talent. Because I’ve never given up, even in the face of career lows and set-backs. I’ve always gotten back up behind that mic and carried on.
It’s important to have groups like this to offer a place for peer contact and to help people that are exploring the business or are very new to it a place to make contact and get information. When I began in the 90s, there was nothing like this. It was through sheer circumstance that I met people involved in the business…and I guess I was lucky enough to ask the right questions and complete the right tasks.
The VOICES group has the function of allowing members to share vital information with peers. Topics like agents, voice over demos, equipment, ISDN, websites, production studios, etc. are able to be discussed and this allows all of us to boost our knowledge in at least one (or many more) aspects of the business. Attending this event made me realize that I should be part of this group, as well. We never know what excellent bits of information we will come across when other VO peeps get together to just share info.
So I encourage anyone that’s interested in voice over to seek out and attend groups like this. I’m sure they exist in every state. It’s important to make contact with people in the business that are working and it’s important for people working in the business to pay it forward by sharing information. I really think that is so important. None of us working VO talents have gotten where we are solely on our own…at some point, we were given a leg up and were helped by another person. It’s certainly true in my life (Elisabeth Nunziato, Dave Sebastian Williams) and I think of those helpful individuals all the time. They may not even know the true impact they’ve had on my life…so that’s why those with the knowledge should be generous. Because you never know the impact you will have on someone’s life. In voice over…or in general.
So…VO, and prosper.