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Voice Coaches Radio #533 – Glass Half Full

Voice coaches, radio, everything voiceover. Welcome to a brand new episode of voice coaches radio. Here we are breaking out the end of may. Hopefully this means that you've put any winter apparel away and uh, you're breaking out the shorts. Um, I know for some people that. When you live in upstate New York, I mean, the shorts kind of come out when we start hitting into the thirties.

Uh, for whatever reason, you know, we've been brought up here to believe that when, when the digits are double digits, it's, it's rather warm. Um, you know, that's, that's time to break out the, the sandals and the shorts. And That's for most people. I'm not that person. I am the person that it could be 80 and I'm still cold.

I have problems Um, but you know, I if I learned anything from my trip to Florida a few weeks ago It's that I'm probably meant to be there like permanently. I don't think I am meant for for cold temperatures Whatsoever. I don't know why like I've said this so many times my family. Oh, why why did we choose here?

Why did we choose to stay? Settle in a place that gets so cold that it stays icy for like eight months of the year. This is dumb, uh, , but no offense, New York, I'm just saying, uh, you know, love my hometown, but it's just, it's too dang cold. Uh, that's all, that's all I'm saying. Uh, but hopefully you're having a fantastic week and you're back here with me, which is always a pleasure.

So thank you for making time for Voice Coaches Radio today and. You know, I recently had a conversation with a former student who, trying to get herself up off the ground, I'm not going to call her out by name, and I don't think I've mentioned this at all here on the podcast, but it is definitely important to mention because there is, uh, we're, we're a people who have a tendency of focusing on the negative.

It's just the way of the world. I mean, if you turn on the TV, it's all it is. You just, anything on the news is something that's negative. That's going to shock and, and awe and keep you kind of not able to turn away like a bad car accident. You know, you just gotta look, you gotta watch. Um, and we are very much, uh, the people that.

We hear more negative feedback than we hear positive, you know, I think about what was the last time that you commented to the manager about something it probably wasn't in a positive way, right? It's probably because your steak was cold or something, you know, and it's like we were just programmed to not give the positive, not take the positive, not find the positive.

I have spent a lot of time In the last probably a handful of years really kind of retraining my brain to to think more positively to to like really understand like, you know, you can't You can't get so bent out of shape about certain things that you can't control, which honestly is like 99% of things, you know, really, we don't, we work towards goals and we put this effort into things, but, you know, we don't control most of the outcomes that we are a part of.

It's just the reality of it. So I've just gotten to my, gotten to this point with myself that. Most of the time, like, if I can't control it, I'm not letting it control me. And that's definitely, believe me, it's just a new skill that Marissa has developed. Because that is not how I've always been. In fact, I had very, very, very high anxiety for a while.

Getting out of a bad relationship and and just trying to maneuver life like there was some PTSD involved I'll admit but I had to like really Work on myself and my mental health to get myself to a good place where I now Focus on the positive, you know, I I search for it. I find it, you know, and it's It's a happier life to be in to be honest like you see some people it's like they've been angry and they've been angry for Years about something so dumb You know something that doesn't even matter.

It didn't matter in the moment. It definitely doesn't matter ten years later You know, and they're just walking around angry. Why would you want to do that in life? You know, so I always feel like there's there's always a positive even in a negative situation so I always try to find it and see what the resolution can be, you know what the takeaway is, but You know, I had this student a few weeks ago who were talking and I was just kind of checking in to see, you know, where her head was at and seeing, you know, have you gotten any opportunities, any additional opportunities from the first one?

And what was crazy When I asked, have you reached out to any local businesses that, that you like, that you enjoy, that you shop in, that you go and you, you eat at or anything like that. And what, what she came back with was, well, everybody's been struggling though. Everybody's been struggling during this pandemic.

And I, I just, I feel bad, you know, asking for an opportunity. And it's like, yeah, Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a minute here. Like, here's the thing people. Yes. Yes. Every single industry took a hit during this pandemic. In fact, there are a lot of people still trying to dig their way out. Uh, but you're looking at the negative, you know, it's like, yes, they have struggled, but it doesn't mean that they have to continue to struggle.

Right. What can you provide that business? That will help them excel. That will help them, that will help them in their digout process. That will help them elevate and get in front of people. That will help them, you know, all of a sudden bring in new business. That is what your voice can lend to any company that is in your area.

So I just don't want you walking around thinking like you can't reach out to these places. Listen, they might not, Want to use you right now. They might feel like I just can't spend the money But just like I was saying in the last episode, you know, it's like The, the mentality of a business owner should be that you've got to spend money to make money.

If they're willing to spend 25, 50, 150 to get your voice on a 15 to 60 second commercial or get you on their voicemail system, or I don't know, your voice on something for their website or social media accounts that's going to allow them to stand out, then Then more power to them and more power to you.

You know, this is giving you an opportunity that you didn't have prior and to work for a company that maybe you have really enjoyed in the past. And you know what? You build that relationship. You might continue because let's face it. These business owners are also incredibly busy, incredibly busy to keep themselves afloat.

And the last thing they want to do is try to go ahead and find somebody else. To voice their stuff, right? After they've found somebody who has done a successful job that they like, that they have a relationship with, you're golden. Like you're, you're set. You're solid chances are they're going to want to keep you on and for the foreseeable future.

So that's why it's always important that. You don't hesitate. Don't think of the, well, am I bothering them? Who cares if you're bothering them, then they're not going to reply. You know, that's just what it comes down to. Right. But if you, if you're hitting them, hitting them up and, and they are. In that process of trying to figure out what is next for their company, then you might be hitting them up at the exact right time.

You know, maybe they have been struggling. You know, maybe they're looking for something that is going to help elevate them, but they don't know what it is and all of a sudden your demo is the one that comes into their email and they take a listen and they're like, whoa. Wait a minute. Wait a minute. I've got so many ideas right now.

I mean, you could like completely reinvigorate their process, uh, just, just from, you know, your, your own excitement about their business. You might like help to rejuvenate something, their passion that's been kind of missing because yeah, they did get knocked down. Um, so I just want you to start focusing on the positive part of what you can bring.

To any project in any any business that you might encounter, you know glass half full Your glass needs to be half full. Stop looking at the fact that like you had a few sips and now it's not as high as it once was, you know, like, you could always refill it and you're going to keep refilling that glass every single time that you're sending out these emails and reaching out and making these relationships and, and, um, just knocking on doors, you know, like it's, I know it can be a little frightening at first putting yourself out there, but the only way to, to do your best and to keep Opportunities flowing and growing and coming your way is to just say, Hey, you know, it's, it's to open up those doors by, by putting yourself out there a little bit and advocating for yourself in the best of ways.

It's a little, it's a little challenging at first, but you get comfortable with it eventually. You know, it's one of those things, it's like, hey, you got a personality, otherwise you wouldn't be doing this in the first place. I feel like everybody in this industry has, has uh, a little quirk to them, you know?

Otherwise, uh, we wouldn't have been told we should be doing this in the first place. Sure, you got a good voice, but there's other, some sass or something that goes along with that that makes you stand out to people, that makes them want to listen to you. Um, so, go ahead, reach out. There's no harm in it. You don't hear back, you don't hear back.

But I'm also gonna suggest that you reach back out anyway. Maybe they were just busy and they forgot. I mean, how many times have you opened up your email and totally forgot that, oh man, I meant to reply, or you got a text and you forgot to reply until the next day, or you're like me, like I, my Florida situation was like all sorts of messed up with JetBlue, and I forgot to, they gave me a credit, and I forgot to go ahead and sign in to get it.

I just did that today. How many weeks later? Um, you know, we, we, we are busy people. We forget. So always reach out. Don't hesitate to reach out, follow up. And just remember that you, even if you don't feel like you have a lot of experience under your belt, it doesn't mean that you're not providing an amazing service to somebody that who could really use it.

So, glass half full guys, alright, always remember that, look for the positives, see how you can help benefit a company, a business, or a project, because you really, really can. More of your, uh, comments and, uh, and emails can be sent, and topics that you want discussed, info at voicecoaches. com. I am going to tackle a bunch of the...

Common questions that I get in next episode. So if you do have a question, please feel free to reach out again, going to be tackling a whole bunch of them. So be listening for, uh, the beginning of June here. We'll, we'll tackle a whole bunch starting that six months into the new year, uh, and, uh, we'll start it off.

Right. I know I'll go ahead. I'm going to answer a whole bunch of things that I think, um, you know, we'll put a lot of stuff into perspective for you. So info at voice coaches. com, a brand new episode coming your way right here next. Stay safe, everybody. Visit voicecoaches. com for more voiceover news and information.

This week on Voice Coaches Radio, Marissa chats about a conversation had with a former student and why it’s important to flip the way she was thinking.