The recent discussions (on Voices.com) about headshots-pro and con- made me think about my own experience in a pre-headshot time. Back in St. Louis I attended a school for broadcasting that "prepared you for a career in radio/TV announcing." Completion of the course depended upon your final demo or 'keeper' tape and passage of your FCC exam for the Radiotelephone Operators Permit 3rd class w/endorsement (people older than the state of Kansas will remember when you actually NEEDED an FCC license before you were allowed on the air). Once the test was passed and the demo all spruced up. I began to shop myself around in the local market. To my shock and excitement, I received a very positive response from a TV station that needed a booth announcer (station imaging). So positive was the response that after an initial phone call from the station manager an interview was set up and I almost got hired over the phone! As I walked into the office the secretary looked at me as if I was naked and ran to tell the manager that I had arrived for our meeting. When she returned alone, I almost could have told HER was she was about to say. The manager was very sorry but he had overbooked his appointments and he would call me later to reshedule. I'm still waiting for that call (not really).
That encounter taught me two things: 1. I was good enough to get that job! and 2.Some people/situations never change.
So how DO you get heard over hatred? Keep Talking!
Never let shallow minds stop you in your quest to be an artist. Some of the most memorable moments in history and entertainment have been provided by faceless (sometimes even nameless) people whose talent established them...not their appearance. I personally like seeing the surprise in peoples faces when they meet me in person for the first time. That's a relationship rush that we can all enjoy together...and for THAT reason I chose to introduce myself via brand avatar--The Little Golden Dude--first. It's not like I'm ashamed of what I look like (I probably SHOULD be...jeans, T-shirt, backwards baseball cap), but I'd rather establish the reason for our interaction first...my voice.
The Bible says that a persons gift will make room for (or establish) them--but it's up to us to determine how we act once we are in the 'room'. Never forget that the greatest catalyst for change...is YOU!
May your voices always be lifted up in triumph...