There is a really simple answer to these questions. And it's really important to know so you don't waste your money and time going the wrong direction.
What kind of VO should you do? What is your voice best for? Ummm.... - 6:24
Hey guys, it's Gabby. Get comfy, settle in. It's another edition of The Gift of Gab, and oh boy, we're gonna answer a big one today: where should I go with my career and what am I best at? Oh, I get asked this one a lot. Stick around.
How do I know what I should do? How do I know what I'm good at? How do I know what I should be doing in voiceover?
Well, for starters, stop asking. Yeah, don't know if you were ready for that answer. This is a serious one. I'm gonna hit you with a couple of Truth bombs. When you ask these questions in voiceover, you are opening some dangerous, dangerous doors, my friend. You are asking other people to start making decisions for you, and that's why it's dangerous, okay?
You, my friend, are a grown-ass adult. Um, if you're not a grown-ass adult, um, it begs the question, why the hell are you on my channel? But more importantly, the real question is, what do you want? What do you want your voiceover career to look like? What is it that you want to do? What types of jobs make your heart sing? Why is it you got into this in the first place? What is it about this industry and this profession that attracted you to it in the first place? What about this delights you, thrills you, makes you happy?
Stop letting other people make these decisions for you. Stop letting them tell you what type of demo you should make. Stop letting them tell you what your website should look like. Stop letting them tell you what type of coaching you should be taking seriously. That is how you stop wasting a lot of time and a lot of money. This goes for anything in life, voiceover or otherwise. If you don't choose a path, other people will gladly lay one out for you. Absolutely, they will hold their hand out and say, 'Yeah, sure, you can give me money, and I will take it from you, and I will tell you exactly what you should be doing.' And that's crazy. It's nuts, even. And who benefits from that?
In my experience with voiceover, what happens to most people is not the talent. The voice actor is not the one who benefits from that. In fact, that process delays their success. It delays the thing that they ultimately want to do or the place in which they want their career to get to. It actually kind of derails them or ends up putting a bend in the road unnecessarily.
Look, it's great to gather opinions. It is great to get feedback from others. But I want you to remember, it's your career, it's your money, it's your time, and it's your voice. You call the shots. You do, not me, not anybody else, just you. So, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, if you're asking others that question, stop asking it. Stop asking others to validate or invalidate what you should or should not be doing with your career. If you're thinking about asking that question, re-evaluate things for yourself. Something's not right, and start figuring out what steps you need to take to feel confident, comfortable, and secure in the steps you are taking to make voiceover the career path that you want it.
Thank you so much for watching. I wish you all the success and all the luck with voiceover that you could ever, ever want. Kick ass, take some names, do it, make it happen.
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