It occurred to me while reading some advice on advancing the VO career, that not only are acting classes, coaching, practice, marketing, and all of the other things essential to forward motion. The other piece is the mentor. An experienced talent who has been there done that. Knows the ins and outs. Freely gives honest advice, no matter how brutally honest it may be. Takes pride in helping you grow, etc.. The question is: Where do you begin? If you are seeking a mentor, who is the right person for YOU, and are you right for them? How would you ever approach the person and pose the question? Does that mean you are looking for a freebie from someone, or will they be flattered that you admire their work? It is a scary step, but a necessary step, in this aspiring talent. This website has allowed me and many others to connect. To share thoughts and ideas. To mentor each other. But ask yourself, whether you have been in this for a zillion years, or 6 months, what can you do to help the next generation. It stands to reason that with a year or two, you certainly don't know it all, but you probably have a bit of insight more that the guy that is one week into it. If you have 30 years of experience, your knowledge can be a huge impact on a 5 year talent. The point? If you feel a tug in your heart, or a feeling in your gut that helping someone else is the right thing to do, ask yourself: Can I give 1 minute a day? 10 minutes a day? 5 hours a week? What can I give back? It's not enough to ask the question, we all have something to offer, it's time to offer.