Ok, we all know that the economy is terrible and pointing fingers at that guy or the other guy doesn't do anything to help right? So how do we improve our own personal economy in this market?
Network. Don't fear it, do it. If people don't know what you're all about, then they won't think of you for the gig. I carry my demo with me everywhere, and there's a couple spares in the car.
I run into someone downtown, "Hey how ya doing?"
"Great! I'm back acting again and doing voice work!"
He says, "Really? do you know ________? you should talk..."
And I go find that person and talk. Are they big gigs? nope, not yet. Do they pay? Amazingly enough, yup.
A lot of what I read is that once someone uses you once for a project, they will use you again. They have to know you exist first. So go find them, introduce yourself, tell everyone you know what you do. Talk yourself up, expand your base and get work. You were looking for an excuse to go out tonight anyway...