It’s all about Forward Motion in the voice business
By Ed Victor from Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Well, today marks my one-month anniversary, celebrating my relocation to Los Angeles from the retirement village I once called home, a.k.a., West Palm Beach, Florida.
After one month, I can honestly say I’ve noticed a difference in my booking ratios.
It’s not that I’ve booked any more from the LA Market, in fact I haven’t booked anything here – yet. However, the interesting thing is, suddenly I’ve become in demand from my regular clients and new clients I’ve personally gathered along the way.
They call it “forward motion”. The momentum one creates by doing! I suppose this phenomenon is evident in any job or career. The more you do, the more you do.
Simply stated; good work, begets more good work. At least that’s what I’ve noticed for me.
And it’s not just about the work here, although in my opinion, it’s the bigger and better work! From movie trailers and network promos to national commercials, it’s also about the connections and reconnections I’ve made in the past 4 weeks. From agents, who are thrilled I’m here, to casting directors, producers, voice over workshop teachers, studio owners to other voice over talent. The buzz in LA and the opportunity here is incredible. I’ve tried to make an impression or a connection here each and every day. And in the short time I’ve been here, it’s starting to pay off.
With the advent of ISDN, Source Connect or just simple phone patch, most of us working voice actors are relegated to windowless, airtight rooms. Directing ourselves/engineering ourselves, with no outside interaction. It’s not a healthy existence. You’ve got to get out there and interact with other humans. You just never know who you’ll meet. I met a producer at a restaurant the other evening who just happened to be looking for a new promo voice for the network she was at!
They say that the voice over business is a numbers game. The more auditions you do, the better your chances. I tend to disagree. This business is about talent and connecting with people who can utilize what each of us has to offer.
Stay positive, stay focused, stay motivated and always stay in motion. The more you do. The more you do.