I apologize because I haven’t written in some time. I’ve been busy doing all sorts of stuff, not necessarily all voice over related. I know it’s weird, but I actually have a life outside of acting. As you grow older, you realize the importance of that.
A young actor will always say, “It’s all about the work.” They become mesmerized with the acting process and that’s all they can think about. Older actors are more relaxed and just sort of go with the flow. They have other pursuits to conquer.
I go to TV Academy screenings and they always have evenings with the casts of various TV shows as well as sumptuous receptions. We’ve listened to all sorts of actors do Q & A’s. Good Wife, Downton Abbey, House of Cards, etc. You start to notice that as actor’s age, they talk more about life and experiences. The younger ones are always focused on the “work.”
I chuckled listening to Matt Czuchry who plays Cary Agos on “The Good Wife” as he delved into his “actor’s journey.” I was thinking to myself, “Someday, you’ll wake up and realize there’s more to life than “feeling the moment.” He’s cute, though and I absolutely love the show.
In the voice over realm, I’ve noticed some work coming back. It’s so spread out anymore. There’s more competition from all over the planet because of easy access online. I did a SAG day player job not too long ago, which was super cool. We all had a blast. It’s so rare to be able to work with a group instead of all by yourself in a closet. More auditions have been happening around town too. I hope this keeps up. In the meantime, in order to stay sane, there are other things you can do to keep your spirits up.
Don’t wait for the phone to ring. It won’t. Be proactive. Make sure you have visibility not only in the voice over community, but online as well. Don’t just build a website, build an interactive website. That’s what’s cool about having an online presence today. Write blog posts, participate in social media, and create your own celebrity.
Get into the podcast craze. Who would be better than voice over peeps. It makes me crazy to see everyone and their brother, who have never been in the voice over business out there making huge bucks doing podcasts. They make money by getting sponsors. Some are dreadful and others are outstanding. I’m about to launch one myself with a friend. It will have nothing to do with voiceover. Do a podcast about something you LOVE to talk about. Produce it yourself and get it onto ITunes and other media outlets.
Here’s a tutorial from a guy with no voice over background at all but he’s rockin’ the podcast world.
How to Start a Podcast By the way, I’m not getting a kickback for promoting this guy.
Talk about making yourself famous. Check out his earnings at the top of the page. Yikes!
Don’t sell yourself short. People like me who have worked in the industry for years and years are flabbergasted that anyone would attempt to sell themselves a voice over gig for $30. (Or even less) As casting director Mary Lou Wissner mentioned in a VO Buzz Weekly episode recently, if you lowball, you will always stay at that rate. (Not her exact words) I happen to love that site by the way. They get “real” pros on there who know what they’re talking about. Plus, it’s fun to watch.
Find other things to do that fulfill your life’s purpose. Go teach children how to act, or as my friend Neil Kaplan does, work with blind people. Help out a charity, go traveling, learn business skills and become an entrepreneur, etc. They all enhance your ability to act and make you a far more interesting person.
Don’t buy into the fact that you’re too old, too ugly or your nose isn’t perfect to get a job in the business. Look at Margo Martindale. She’s in more than one TV show right now as well as multiple features. She’s 61 years old, overweight and not exactly “classic sexy.” She’s working her ass off. She doesn’t even have credits until 1988 which means she started a little later in life.
There’s hope for everyone if you put forth the effort. And even if you’ve segued to other pursuits, it’s nothing to be ashamed about because it’s all about enjoying life and living it to the fullest.
Go out there and be yourself and love every minute of it.