I'm auditioning, now I need to BOOK.....

I signed with my very first Voice Over Agent (TGMD) aprox. 7 weeks ago.
I am thrilled.
I have never felt so alive as a VO Actor to actually be AUDITIONING on a daily basis, and auditioning for A+ projects.

Just today, I went in for a radio spot-that I was perfect for.
While I was there, I was also handed a tv commercial (that I rocked), and a live announcer gig (one that would be a dream come true gig!), yet I haven't booked anything yet.

So now I have those thoughts.. you know the ones, "maybe I'm not really any good".... >"my past work has been a fluke"... "they've just been nice to me"... and the dreaded "how long before my agent drops me?".
I'm doing my damndest not to give volume to those thoughts, to let them come in, and pass right out.
I'm keeping my confidence level high, and with each audition, I leave the booth saying, that's the one, I got it, and simply feeling happiness and gratitude that I had the audition in the first place.

Last week tho, I mentioned to our booth director.... "I better book something soon".. it's been about 5 weeks.
Surprisingly, he came back at me with warmth, compassion, and wisdom,
he said "You will, in my experience it takes about 2-3 months when you get a new agent, it takes time for the casting directors to know who you are."
"Yeah?, 2-3 months?"
"Yes, he says, but you'll book something soon, you're great."
"Thanks", I say.

I walk out with confidence again, reassurance that my booth director does NOT think I suck, and that my agent will give me at least another month (I hope), before he begins to worry about my booking ratio.

So Im wondering, for any of you that read this,
how do you personally keep your spirits up in this stage of the VO Game.

I've got a great agent, I'm auditioning daily, now I need to BOOK.
Looking forward to hearing your input.

xoxo
Leah

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Comment by Leah Ann Cevoli on July 20, 2008 at 3:20pm
Hi Terry... yes, I've been working in the pro vo world for 3 years now, without an agent! So I'm very stoked to have an agent now, as they can get me A+ auditions that I would have never even heard of on my own!!!

Really excited to have a bigger team now....but yes of course 90% or more of the work is done by 'us', the talent. :)
Comment by Terry Daniel on July 20, 2008 at 10:43am
Hi Leah! And try to get as much work without an agent as you possibly can! 15% of the work I do, is through an agent and I have done very well. I don't mean to boast but I just wanted to be clear that you CAN make a living without agents. :)
Comment by Leah Ann Cevoli on July 18, 2008 at 7:21pm
:) I should know... I've been single way too long! :)
Comment by James Lorenz on July 18, 2008 at 7:17pm
lol...great analogy!
Comment by Leah Ann Cevoli on July 18, 2008 at 4:32pm
Hi James, Thanks. GOOD point.... VO is no different then any other vibe....
If you walk into a date with the thought of "i need to marry this one" ... he'll feel the desperation and run!
Comment by Leah Ann Cevoli on July 18, 2008 at 4:31pm
Thanks Joey... for sure I will let you know when I book something!! :)
Comment by James Lorenz on July 18, 2008 at 4:07pm
Leah - You are on the right path and the jobs will come. Remember, never enter a booth with the thought that you have to land a gig soon. Any desperation will come out in your voice. Unless of course that's the read they are looking for. :)
James
Comment by Joey Pepin on July 18, 2008 at 3:23pm
Leah, you are talented. You've done some killer stuff already without an agent. It'll pop.

I'm in the same boat. I just got LA representation and have only booked one tiny gig. But it's true what James says, they wouldn't take you on if they didn't think you could make them money.
And in the scheme of VO's we're on the younger side of things. So there's that. Let us know as soon as you do book so we can all rejoice in your success.
JP
Comment by Leah Ann Cevoli on July 18, 2008 at 11:33am
lol.... :=)
Comment by Anthony Mendez on July 18, 2008 at 8:06am
You're gonna book the one that you think you SUCKED at... not the one you think you ROCKED ;) You just gotta try to "suck" more often and stop being so "good."

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