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If you've ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a voice actor... watch this.


Casting agents can tell right away if you have "it". What is "it"? How do you know if you have "it"? There is a way to find out.


If you've ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a voice actor... watch this. - 4:41

Hey guys, it's Gabby. Thanks for joining me for another edition of The Gift of Gab. As a huge Ted Lasso fan, I want to take a little bit of inspiration from their show today and talk about not only the genius that is Jason Sudeikis but also this little thing called Talent Dysmorphia. Stick around.

Like a lot of Talent Dysmorphia people, one of the most interesting things to me about Ted Lasso is the writing. It is just stellar, the character development equally so. In an episode in the last season, I was struck by a very particular piece of dialogue where characters were having a conversation about what they called Talent Dysmorphia. And I believe the literal quote was, "The worst people often think they're the best," and I went, "Holy!" Because we have been seeing that in voiceover for so long. It's almost shocking that the term has not reared its head before. I also used to call it American Idol syndrome, right? It's the idea that everybody's a star, and everybody wants to or has this thing in them where they want to be seen and recognized for talent. The problem is not everyone has it. I'm just being honest, right? It's just a reality. There's a lot of information and rhetoric out there about voiceover, and honestly, a lot of shady stuff where people are just telling you, "Oh my gosh, anybody can do this. If you can speak, you can make a living at this." If you don't know my channel by now, you know this is something I speak out against a lot because it's just not true. There is a greater skill set involved in what we do, and there's a more intense process than people realize. It takes time, it takes a lot of time to get into this industry. It also takes a lot of money, and people are often just in such a rush to get to the doing that they forget about the learning. Talent Dysmorphia, right? It's very real, and sometimes we, I think, we've all encountered those people who think they're really a lot better than they are. But if you're in your chair right now going, "Yeah, okay, but how do I know? I think I'm talented, but I don't know if I'm talented. What do I do?" You take one class, that's what you [Music] do. Okay, you don't try to book a job, you don't try to make a demo, you don't go out there and buy equipment. You literally consult with a professional voiceover coach like myself, and you take a single solitary class. And you let that person help you to determine exactly where your skill set lies, how talented you actually are, and hopefully, they will be able to help you determine how long it will take you to get from where you are now to your ultimate goal inside of voiceover. That's the key. Until someone who knows more than you assesses your skill level and helps you to understand the expectations of the industry, it's going to be really hard to determine where your skills actually lie. One class, resources, that's it. One, nothing more, nothing less. And if you're looking for reputable voiceover coaches, I have a list on my website. If you go to the resources section, the resources tab, there is a list and a breakdown of various coaches in different sectors who I recommend. You can also, on the website, take a look at the assessment class that I offer for beginners. It is perfect for someone who is sitting there going, "I don't know, maybe I'm good at this, maybe I'm not." It's that one single class that will help you determine where you stand and ultimately give you an idea of what your next steps might be if you decide you want to enter this field. I hope this video helps. Take care, guys. See you soon.



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