3. What advice would you give a young VO professional?
If I were me talking to me 25 years ago and I wasn’t allowed to tell myself which stocks to buy, which teams to bet on and which hot girl actually thought I was cute but young me didn’t know it and I blew my shot with her but I’m over it and its not an issue, then I guess the only thing left to offer myself would be voice over advice.
But boy there sure would be a lot more stuff I would like to tell me. Anyway, here goes:
Peter, your professional reputation in voice over is everything.
In business, try and treat people the same way you want to be treated. Talk to people, not at them and for God sake LISTEN. You have two ears and one mouth and your opinion sounds brilliant to you but others sometimes think you are a babbling idiot so stop proving them right and be quiet more! When blogging is invented, then you can babble to your hearts content and people will just delete you and I’ll explain what delete is and what computers are later.
Humor is good, obnoxious is bad. Learn the difference quickly.
You are going to make mistakes, you are going to offend. Make sure it’s not intentional and that it is infrequent. Sometimes these situations will be obvious and sometimes you won’t know who you’ve alienated. When you screw up, own up to it and apologize. It may not fix it, but it’s the right thing (and sometimes the only thing) to do. Then move on.
While you need to be careful not to be arrogant it is OK to be confident. If that line gets blurred, refer to the paragraph above. You are talented but you can build on that talent by learning from everyone in your industry, even the idiots (if they go left, you go right…don’t do what they do)
Finally, appreciate that there is much in your career you can control but much more that you cannot control. Flexibility and patience will be in great demand throughout your life and it will test you mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Sometimes you will encounter the odd client who is in a bad mood on recording day and your shirt is his least favorite color and how were you supposed know. Remember what your Dad told you “Don’t let the bastards get you down.”
Oh, you’re going to have at least two children and wife all of whom are too good for you and none of whom you deserve. Take great care of that fortune and try not to be a burden to them.
Our story concludes tomorrow.
Thanks for reading.
If you haven’t already, we’d be honored if you subscribe to voxmarketising – the audio’connell blog and podcast by clicking the “subscribe” button on this blog.
If you really like this post (of course we hope you do), please feel free to bookmark and or promote it by clicking the buttons below on your preferred services.