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...

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Comment by Monk on March 1, 2009 at 7:54pm
Here here, I signed up for the NYC thingy, I needed a day in that city any way... good excuse to hop the metro north.
Comment by John Taylor on February 25, 2009 at 1:10am
In his screenplay for the film "All About Eve" Joseph Mankiewicz wrote a wonderful line for his acid tounged character, theater critic, Addison DeWitt:

"We all come into this world with our little egos equipped with individual horns. If we don't blow them, who else will?"

We CAN toot our own horns, but in between clarion blasts we can also toot a few other members of the brass family as well. I am talking about our peers. When you reccommend another talent you're still solving problems for the voice seeker. I have a long list of folks that I suggest to clients on a regular basis....RL, SR, Z, LM, MN, JA, MS, JC, PF,BB....you folks know who you are. I know that if I refer a client to any of you, I will be a hero! And in turn you folks have called on me to throw my headphones into the ring on a few choice projects...thanks my friends. A few years ago I came to Los Angeles with the hope that there would be a supportive creative community waiting for me. And if there wasn't one, I would build it! After 3 and a half years I am not sure whether it was here all along or I built it....but it exists. Of course I could be deluding myself because Addison DeWitt also said....
"We all have abnormalities in common. We're a breed apart from the rest of humanity, we theatre folk. We are the original displaced personalities."
Comment by Bryan Cox on February 24, 2009 at 5:24pm
Right you are Monk...That's why I posted that thing in NYC.

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