Many people aspire to become voice talents. Few take the time to understand their vision, what they aspire to become as a voice talent. No, this isn’t the part where I tell you sit down and write out an elaborate mission statement and plan of attack. This is where I tell you to take a moment, maybe close your eyes, and just think. Think of your ultimate goal as a voice talent. What is it you aspire to be? What is your niche? Who is in your network? What does your cash flow look like? How about your studio?

Why is this important? I’m glad you asked! Your vision is the big picture. Suppose I give you a puzzle with no picture to reference. Would you be able to put it together? Perhaps. Would you be able to do so as efficiently as if I were to give you a puzzle with a picture? Probably not. Your vision is the picture and your day to day activities are the puzzle pieces. The great news is that you get to decide what the picture looks like. The sooner you decide and write it down, the sooner you can prioritize your daily actions, your puzzle pieces, and make your vision your reality.

This is a competitive industry and to succeed you must keep your edge. You must continue to grow, to challenge yourself and to strive. Your vision is your edge and it has the power to propel you forward. You choose whether you will move forward or in circles!

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Comment by MiKO on February 1, 2010 at 9:49am
Hi, As I move more into a position of attaining my goal, I find that it is becoming easier to verbalize, and also more necessary that I do verbalize it. I've started broadcasting at my school's online radio station, and it's giving me experience to do the kinds of things that I've wanted to do for some time. Someone even said I sounded good over the air. (I had a limp after that and wondered if it was from having my leg pulled. ;-) )

I'm having fun, and gotta keep focussed. I'm working on my voice, and just doing what I can to apply myself, and not take myself too seriously. I was kind of getting used to people saying, "No." So now, that I have control over what I'm presenting, being relevent is very important. Having Fun is also very very important!

As I reassess where I am, and what I am doing and getting things done, I also consider how/what to do next to move forward.

I like to interview people and would like to do my own type of documentaries that involve national and international stories. There's still some flexibility there for where this will take me.

Thanks for the input, and for the other comments.
Comment by Chuck Burke on February 1, 2010 at 2:21am
Hi Will,

I think your Vision MUST become your master......because it will be the guide for the present.... if you just envision it, and then follow the present, the present may lead where you don't want to go......I don't know if that makes sense or not......but if you DO let your vision become your master... you will take all the step necessary to create that vision. It's the puzzle I think Terry was talking about...

Now if you will excuse me, I am going to go put my paw over my nose and go to sleep.

Comment by Will Lyman on January 31, 2010 at 11:52pm
You're so right, Terry. But don't let your vision become your Master. Envision the future and follow the present.
Comment by Bill Stallings on January 31, 2010 at 7:06pm
My vision has been on-going, spannng 35 years, with some bumps along the way. I have been tranversing the labyrinth, to current voice over success, while learning the whole process over again! Your analogy helps me to find the pieces to keep moving forward.
Comment by Melanie Haynes on January 31, 2010 at 6:53pm
You know, Terry, I don't often verbalize the specific goal (s) I have in mind. Maybe that IS an important point. I've been a working professional voice talent and actress for over 20 years, and I do remember saying in college that I wanted to be a working actress. I hadn't even thought of voice over as a career at that time. Not living in one of the big markets, I suppose I set modest career goals, but for the market, I've stayed very busy all these years even more so since establishing my home studio 6 years ago. Now, even though I still don't live in LA, NY or Chicago, I really want to do more national work for network TV commercials, and I'd also like to do narration work for national documentaries as well. I do a lot of narration work, and I think my voice is well suited to documentary. I need to find the way to connect with those who hire for those national projects. In fact I was just thinking of that earlier today. I certainly would entertain some nice Promo work, too. I am in the process of trying to get an agent in LA who will consider working remotely with me.....a tall order, I know.

Otherwise, last year, I studied with Nancy Wolfson to keep current and break any old habits that might stand in my way. Very good move. I'm upgrading my studio in a major way, too, and work is almost finished on my new studio which includes a bunker of an audio booth and a window allowing me to actually see the light of day as I spend hours in the studio! I've also just added Source Connect to my arsenal which already included ISDN and phone patch. So, onward and upward! Thanks for the reminder to take time to write it down and/or verbalize.....and meditate on it, too!
Comment by Terry Daniel on January 31, 2010 at 4:18pm
Thank you for the nice comments, everyone! Please stay in touch! :)
Comment by David W Stone on January 31, 2010 at 4:14pm
One of my Visions is to be a "Fill-in" for Thurl Ravenscroft...if Disney should ever have such a need. You can here a taste of Thurl on my Demo Reel as The Black Knight from Disney's "The Sword in the Stone". How do I plan on getting there? Well.........that's a work in progress.
Comment by Dustin Ebaugh on January 31, 2010 at 3:52pm
Wow! That's great stuff Terry. You have inspired me. Thanks so much man. :)
Comment by Chuck Burke on January 31, 2010 at 2:41pm
Terry, it is obvious you have put some thought into that. The puzzle analogy is fantastic.....and it makes perfect sense...I had never looked at that that way, but already to day I have a different view of my day.

Thanks for sharing.

Comment by DAN LENARD on January 31, 2010 at 1:28pm
Great thoughts Terry!

I want to get my voice on The Discovery Channel as I think thats what I do best. Like Ian, I do a lot of what some people think is mundane stuff, but it nicely pays the bills, I learn a great deal about a.. a great deal! In order to move to the next level, in any business, one has to invest in it. Invest in training, invest in the "right" equipment and invest in proper promotion. Most importantly, you have to invest your time, and that includes time not only setting goals, but honestly assessing if they are attainable and what it takes to attain them.

Walt Disney said "if you can dream it, you can do it." But turning dreams into reality doesn't happen by itself.


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