By Stephanie Ciccarelli
November 16, 2007
Looking for an uplifting, empowering and nourishing book to read?
Rodney Saulsberry's "Step Up to the Mic" is a book all about stepping up to life's challenges from the perspective of a voice actor.
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If you need a pat on the back or encouragement, Rodney Saulsberry's new book Step Up to the Mic gives loving spoonfuls of it that will inspire and remind you of just how valuable you are and what you have to contribute to those you come in contact with.
Successfully navigating the hills and valleys of everyday life, both home and professional, is integral to leading a meaningful and directed existence.
That being said, Rodney has pinpointed what you need to do to acquire success, and in his generous way throughout the pages, Rodney reveals that success is easily achieved by having a positive attitude.
When you are feeling challenged, in need of inspiration, in need of affirmation, when you're questioning your career choice, if you need advice, and especially when you are feeling sorry for yourself.
You can also read it in times of happiness and prosperity.
Step Up to the Mic, while motivational, is also a good reference tool full of social and studio etiquette, reminding us that it isn't just about "you", but about the other people you work with.
Now, you don't have to wait to have a pity party to go out and buy this book - the advice and concepts discussed are relevant at any and all times in your career.
"Step Up to the Mic" is one of those books that you'll want to keep handy in your bedside table, at the office or in the car for both business and personal consumption.
In Step Up to the Mic, you'll discover what to do to succeed and why taking the high road with your peers and those with whom you work will yield regular employment and opportunities from unexpected people and places.
Rodney encourages you to embrace positive thinking, set priorities, and count your blessings. Providing examples and real life situations, Rodney demonstrates how to nurture relationships - both with yourself and others.
The 135 page book (including the Glossary and final words), also gives you "Ten tips to ignite your voice-over career" and a bevy of tips you won't find anywhere else.
The many exercises, specifically, the illuminating "Random Questions", a voice-over quiz / survey is good for setting goals and self-assessment is a must for any voice actor, regardless of level or experience.
Words of wisdom from the pros, including greats such as Don LaFontaine (King of the Movie Trailers), Nancy Cartwright (Voice of Bart Simpson), and Rob Paulsen (best known as Pinky on Pinky and the Brain) to name a few, are liberally sprinkled near the end of the book, sharing their thoughts on how positive thinking has impacted their lives and careers.
Lastly, Rodney has included a glossary, defining terms used through the course of the book to reinforce and solidify words of empowerment.
Are you ready to "Step Up to the Mic?"
If so, please add a comment with your thoughts! I'd especially love to hear from people who have read this book.