This is such a tough time for many.  The economy is catching up to most of us and everyone is tightening the noose on their budgets....understandably so.  What a predicament for many.   You've invested a ton into your craft, both in time and in money.  You have family and friends that are rooting for you to succeed.  So much is riding on your dreams and this is NOT the time to let them go.  Although this industry can get discouraging, this is the time to press forward and find a way to succeed.  You've invested too much to turn back now.

You are auditioning for a few sites or agents and still nothing or very little.  Is it everyone or everything else around you, or is it you that needs assessing?  Most people continue to blame others or other circumstances for the path they have taken.  I challenge you to find your responsibility to your journey. We are solely responsible for our outcomes whether they are positive or negative.  As soon as you can grasp this approach into your everyday life your outcomes will change and you will see better results.  

 

The one thing that is true about me is that I love life.  EVERY BIT OF IT!  I appreciate much of what life has to offer me and I see nothing but positive things around me.  Of course there is negative, but it's the way in which I handle the downs that keep my life on such an up!  I take full responsibility for my actions, my direction and my path.  I have made all the choices I have made to get me where I am today, not only in my career but in my personal life as well.  In order to have made these choices, I had to truly be comfortable with who I am as a human being and be willing to take large risks that I trusted would pay off.  Lucky enough for me, my risks have paid off to date. 

 

I've spoken about this before but I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for the educational journey I took to learn.  I traveled around the US and Canada to get the best training I could find.  Inadvertently this also helped me to become the kind of coach I would want for myself....and let me tell you, there are only a handful of REALLY good coaches out there.  A coach who truly cares about your success and knows how to handle your specific personality and skill needs.  Let's face it, most of us who get into acting are unique individuals that typically carry a lot of emotional damage and a need for attention. Choosing the right coach is extremely important. 

 

Perhaps it's a broken record to you by now that you should get more training.  It's hard to admit that you need it, even harder to afford it, but without it, the growth is that much harder to obtain.  Consider it the fast track to your diploma.  We don't get degrees or diplomas (for the most part) in this industry, so the workshops and the private coaching seem to be the only way to accredit yourself.  A good coach will help you obtain your goals and connect you to their world of success.

 

Let's face it, success breeds success.  So be sure that you look for a coaching team that is successful either as  talent or in what they do.  That adage "those who can do, do and those who can't, teach" is not always true in the world of coaching.   Sometimes there are those that just want to give back because it makes them feel good.

 

I coach not because I have to, but because I really enjoy feeling that I had some sort of hand in your career - be it small or a large part of it, I was able to join you on your journey and leave something behind in you that allowed you to add to your success.  That is an honor to me that I take very seriously.  All I ask is that you add me to your "Academy Award Speech" LOL.  I'm not trying to blow smoke up your !#@ chimney.....and although I would like to share with your my workshop schedule for this year, I'm not saying this to win over your business.  I'm sharing with you what I know to be true for me.  I couldn't have accomplished my career to date without the help of some amazing mentors and support teams.  

 

Today is the day I reach out to all my mentors, friends and colleagues and say THANK YOU!  Thank you for having a hand in my success.  For allowing me to learn from you and to add that to my rolodex of experience.  To be able to call you friend and mentor.  I am forever honored, forever humbled and forever grateful.  

 

Today is a great day to reach out to your mentors and thank them for all they've been able to share with you to help you succeed.  If you open your eyes really wide - you'll see that list is pretty big.  

 

All my love

Deb

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Comment by Timothy D. Sanders on March 14, 2012 at 9:08pm

Deb, wow! Thank you for your post, If I was standing next to you I would have given you a big hug! I want so much to see my journey continue to grow and move to the next level. I had a great experience this past weekend getting to participate in a workshop with Pat Fraley and I was just awestruck. I am so grateful that the professional voiceover talent like Pat and You are willing to take a moment of your busy schedules to provide a 55 year old "Newbie" words of encouragement. Because of this kindness I feel a type of camaraderie with those that have been doing this for many many years and don't look down at those of us who have a passion for this business and will do what it takes to do our best to achieve a dream. Thank you again and I hope the opportunity to work with you at some point in my journey will come along soon.......

Comment by Debbie Munro on March 13, 2012 at 3:09pm

Timothy - such a touching note - thank you so much for your gratitude and for sharing.  I too feel a little slumped in the industry right now.  It's tough when you know everything is within reach - it's just a matter of everything lining up together. Just means I've had to work harder.  I think in today's strange economy many of us are feeling the effects of it.  Many students have stopped spending money and time into educating to grow, workshops are less and less and clients are holding on to their pocket books, as they wait to see the outcome of the economy upset.   This world is ever evolving - not predictable, yet we love every minute of it.  We all just want to work and be recognized for that service.   Just know this - there is always a way - including giving up - but for me - that is just never an option - for others it may be.  I've worked so hard to get where I am and the truth is I can never stop working this hard if I want to keep succeeding.  It's a lot of work to join an acting trade and that WILL NEVER CHANGE - so I will leave you with this thought:  RISE TO THE CHALLENGE - if things aren't working the way they are suppose to - find out what you need to do to change the outcome - whether it's more education (which is usually the case), more self marketing, better pitches to clients, etc etc.  Always more to learn - for all of us.  if it makes you feel any better I continuously take more classes (in fact I'm currently in one now) so that I can continue to be current and the best I can be.  I feel it's so important.  I don't have to take as many workshops or coaching as I once did, but I still love to get direction and critique.

I thank you for allowing me to encourage you - and for being open to it.  I thank you for reading and staying in touch with your career.  NOW IT"S TIME FOR YOU TO THANK YOU - do you have any idea how many people try to make this work but fail?  Do you have any idea how many people would love to just talk for a living?

I am thankful everyday that I get to do what I do.  I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!  I am consistently honoured that anyone cares about what I say and that I can lend a helping hand to any of you!  Such a pleasure for me.  Makes me feel good - so thanks for making me feel good.  

Okay enough of that - back to work I go - hi ho

Comment by Timothy D. Sanders on March 3, 2012 at 12:03am

Hi Deb, great words truly spoken from someone who I am sure has been through the ups and downs that I am experiencing. I just deleted a long and probably boring story of my journey to live the dream and I realize I am still a long way from where I want to be. Along this journey I have met some great people who have a passsion for voiceover and have been willing to share some of thier stories with me, encourage me, and in thier own way have helped me to believe in myself and push onward. So I too would like to take this time to say THANK YOU for your encouraging words, advice and helping lift my spirit when I am down because I am not at the point I want to be in my VO career.

 

Comment by Debbie Munro on March 2, 2012 at 1:46pm

Thank you so much guys - you're all amazing to me as well and I thank you for contributing to my growth as well!

Comment by Brent Halfyard on March 1, 2012 at 4:20pm

Hi Deb,  inspiring words as usual. I have you to thank for my continued success. I was just shortlisted (myself and one other talent) for a huge VO job and I have you to thank,  as that's where my career truly began-when I met you. All the training and mentoring you've given me over the years and the other coaches you've recommended have got me to this amazing point in my career. Thank you again Deb and i will keep you posted about this gig!

Comment by Lance DeBock on March 1, 2012 at 3:07pm

Wow, great post Deb, and a good reminder for me to add you to my Academy Award speech for next year! lol

Thank you!

Comment by Doug de Nance on March 1, 2012 at 12:48pm

Agreed Deb.  Ben Franklin said, "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest".

And to your point - thanks for being a mentor to me.

dD

Comment by Tim Keenan on March 1, 2012 at 11:57am

Nice motivational piece Deb. Things have been tough for some - especially those just starting out and trying to break in to the VO biz when it seems there is never enough business to go around. We're seeing glimmers of an increase in business here at our media studio for 2012. Hard work pays off in the end so hang in there folks!!

Tim Keenan / CreativeMediaRecording.com

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