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Voice Coaches Radio #593 – Don’t Be Scared To Do This

Voice coaches, radio, everything voiceover. Oh, Hey there. Welcome to a brand new episode of voice coaches radio. I'm Marissa. I hope the summer is treating you well so far for me very much. So I guess I've gotten a little too much sun. I don't know. I wish somebody would have said something to me, but, uh, let's face it.

I'm home alone by myself a lot of the time. And, uh, yeah, I, I was peeling my nose. I mean, I looked like I was diseased or something. I don't even understand. Uh, but I didn't even realize I had sunburn. It just kind of happened, I guess. Welcome to summer. Uh, but, uh, yeah, I hope it is treating you well and maybe as you're.

Getting yourself into whatever you are when it comes to voiceover that the work is coming and you're enjoying every second of it You know, there's uh, there's this this fear that a lot of people have and and I understand right you don't want to become A failure in anybody's eyes your your own especially but people begin And they get so scared for a couple things.

One, to tell people. Right? You're, you're starting something new. You've done absolutely nothing in it yet. And you're telling people what? Uh, yeah, yeah, no, I'm, I'm, I'm gonna go ahead and do this. Okay, cool. I, I do think it's a good idea to tell people for a couple reasons. One, accountability. Uh, you know, I think it's important that if you're telling other people you're doing this, it's potentially going to keep you in line to keep putting the work in.

It's kinda like when people go to start a workout and go to lose weight, like, People will keep an online kind of journey of it for a reason, not to just show off what they're doing, but to make sure that they are held accountable. You know, so you can see, all right, yeah, I went to the gym five days this week and I'm, I'm down two pants sizes and you know, I'm eating healthy and whatever.

Like they're, they're making these choices to show because it's Keeping, keeping them accountable for, for what their goal was that they set out to achieve. And that can be the same thing here. You tell people, then you're holding yourself accountable. And, and I think that is a really cool way to look at it.

It's kind of a positive way to look at it too, because it's like, you're showing this personal growth, this step in the right direction of a dream that you've always wanted. And, You're allowing yourself to take the steps to achieve it and, and grow little steps even if it's just that along the way. I mean, it's, it's a perfect opportunity.

So telling people is great for, for that in itself, just the accountability factor. But the other thing is, and we've talked about this before, you never ever know who you know That can help you that could use you who knows who you don't know like that's that's the thing is like sure You know your inner circle.

I'll be honest. I've been friends with some people for like a decade. Maybe this is bad of me I don't know what every single one of my friends does for work You know, it's very evident as to what I do because it's just it's out there for everybody to see but You know, when it comes to some of my friends, I mean, they've switched jobs and, you know, they do it and they do it quietly and, and then I have no idea, you know, and then it's like, they've been at this one thing for five years and I thought they were still at the last thing, um, you know, and I, I can feel bad about that, but if they're not sharing it publicly, how the heck am I going to know?

Uh, you know, but it's just, it's one of those things. You don't always know what everybody does, who can use you or who knows somebody who could. So that's why, yeah. You know, the best recommendation to always have. On this sense of things is to spread the word, you know, it's like you're using your moneymaker what you want to be your moneymaker to help allow you to get money, you know, an opportunity because you're, you're going to be your best advocate.

Uh, you know, the, the thing I always say to students in class is like, if people don't know that you fix cars or computers and they've got issues with these things, they're going elsewhere. They're not giving you the money because they don't know that you do it. That's the same thing here. You don't want to miss out an opportunity just because somebody wasn't aware of, of this new skill that you have and that you want to explore.

So, get yourself out there and, and just, yeah, spread the word. It's the best thing that you can do. I know it's scary to tell people that this is a new chapter that you want to start. But, the only way to start it... Is to really start it, you know, and, uh, don't worry about being a failure. You know, you going and, and setting something up and, and trying to set yourself up for success is not a failure.

It's personal growth, you know, it's allowing yourself to see what you can do and what you are possible of and what you can achieve. And if you don't hit the top tier of something that you want to do right away, I mean, likelihood is that you're not, you know, like nobody is an overnight success. That's just not a thing.

It takes hard work and it starts with you. And it starts with. The little steps to get to where you want to go, you set small goals to get to the largest one, um, and it takes time and everybody's journey is different. So just be patient with yourself. Um, but there's many times that I've felt like a failure and in reality, it wasn't me.

It was the company I was working for, or it was just a bad situation that I happen to be in. But I was. Doing my job successfully, you know, so it's like there are opportunities that we come across sometimes and we can, you know, feel one way, but, you know, it's just because we're programmed to focus on the negative.

So try to try to do the opposite there. You got to retrain your brain in that way, you know, start, start looking at the positive of what's possibility, what the possibilities are and just. Just start. Start and spread the word. Um, there, there's another thing that people get really scared of, but it is something that...

Is one of the best tools and it's, it's also involving other people at times and, and that I think is also why it can be rather frightening, but it is recording yourself and listening back record and listen and sometimes having somebody else listen because we get so stuck in what we're hearing and what we're doing and, you know, in our own heads about things that.

It's very easy to, to kind of get stagnant, and like, almost run in place a little bit. Having somebody else's ears on it gives you some outside perspective. And that can be very, very scary. I'll admit, I don't like, even this many years in, I, I hate a critique. I hate being in a room where somebody else is listening to me.

I hate potentially being observed. Like, and it's really just my own personal... Uh, you know, fright of, maybe stage fright, still a little bit, um, it's, I don't know, I, I'm not used to having somebody else there to witness a reaction, if that makes sense, you know, I'm always in a studio by myself, even with commercial work, even with audio books, whatever I'm doing, I'm usually by myself, so I don't hear the reaction, I don't hear the laughter that is meant to be there, uh, you know, knowing that the joke landed right, I'm not, There to know that, uh, I'm teaching everything properly, potentially.

I mean, I know I'm getting feedback from students, but you just never know. So, you know, I have that, that intimidation factor when it comes to that and that fright. But It is where you grow the most. It's where you know. Hey, yeah, you're doing this great. These are some great strengths. It's X, Y, and Z. Here is where you could improve.

This is where you could continue to work and mold and massage a little bit to get better. You know, these are the ways that we do improve. And it is, you know, so imperative to go ahead and have somebody's ears on things. Uh, that's not just you. Uh, whether it is a friend. Or even better, somebody else that's also in the industry.

So, you know, you've got that good perspective and understanding on, on your piece. Uh, but don't, don't be too scared. All right? Get yourself started. Spread the word. Get yourself practicing. Get yourself recording. Get those ears built up and, uh, you're going to be well on your way. Another episode of Voice Coaches Radio is coming at you next week.

Uh, if you've got anything to discuss, info at voicecoaches. com. And, uh, we'll get to that topic very soon. All right? Bye. Bye. Stay safe, everybody.

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This week on Voice Coaches Radio, Marissa talks about the big thing you don’t want to be scared to do, especially from the start.