For weeks, I’ve been thinking about something I read. It was actually an excerpt from my horoscope last month. Not exactly the NY Times, I know, but this one part has been working on me, repeatedly.
“ …so you may not actually know that you have massive support across the board, from peers and higher ups as well, and all will cheer you on.”
It makes me think about how true that is in voiceover, for all of us, all of the time. At any given moment, we have no idea who just listened to our audition and moved it to the consideration pile, who came across our demo and said “I’ve got to remember this voice for next time”, who was about to hire us right before they got the phone call that the project’s been postponed or the client wants to go with the opposite sex. We don’t have any idea who’s short list we’re on. We don’t know what good news is conspiring to happen.
Many times we don’t even know if we were on hold for a job. I found this out first hand through my agent one day. We were talking and he mentioned “Oh yeah, most of the time I don’t even get a chance to tell you guys when you’re on hold because it changes so quickly”. I was kind of shocked, and admittedly a little bummed out. Why wouldn’t he at least tell us when we were so close? My ego could have used that information! Ha.
But the truth is, that’s the nature of the business and I get it. He’s super busy. He can’t call each one of us personally the moment our name comes across his desk. His job is to pitch me, let me know when I book something and negotiate that deal – not to coddle me, be my cheerleader or my best friend. It’s my job to keep my spirits up, to assume the best, to believe in unseen forces doing good on my behalf!
So today I suggest to you that you “may not actually know that you have massive support across the board, from peers and higher ups as well, and all will cheer you on.”
Believe the best. They are talking about you, and it’s good. Someone, right now, is quite possibly thinking about hiring you. People believe in your work. And they want to see you succeed.