By Stephanie Ciccarelli
January 1, 2008
Earlier in December of 2007, voice over coaches Julie Williams and Marc Cashman designed a contest that called for new year's resolutions from the voice over community with a unique twist - they had to be resolutions directly related to a person's voice over business.
The winning submission has just be announced!
Want to meet the winner?
As mentioned a few short weeks ago, the Voice Over New Year's Resolution contest opened to all voice actors in the online community, giving people the opportunity to submit their resolutions for the new year in exchange for the chance to win some great prizes from Marc Cashman, Julie Williams and Voices.com including an hour of telecoaching each from Marc and Julie as well as a one-year Premium membership to Voices.com among other prizes.
There were more than three dozen wonderfully creative entries submitted to the Voice-Overs.com Forum, but only one could win.
The winning submission was entered by September Day Leach. Check it out!
Dear Judges of the Voice Over New Year's Resolution Contest,
My name is Maybelle and I am a professional Fairy Godmother. I am writing to you on behalf of one of my charges, September Day Leach.
I understand that your contest has some fabulous prizes in store for the winner and according to this wish I just received, my September sure could use them. You see, she is moving from Atlanta, Georgia all the way across the country to Los Angeles next year, all by herself. She is leaving behind all of her friends and family just to chase her star and she's called on me for some help. Now, I've already taken care of transportation (she was out of pumpkins, but managed to dig up some bok choi which I was able to mold into a Honda) and she's been a very good girl by avoiding going to the Mall with her seed money from a few choice gigs I was able to get her. But I still think she needs a little something more and having all of this great coaching and exposure timed with her move could really help launch her career.
September assures me, should her wish come true, that:
* she will never, ever, ever plug her microphone directly into her soundcard again
* she will stand up for every recording
* for 2008, all extra money will go to marketing and equipment
* she will stay in touch with her real and internet voice over family while she's on the West Coast
* she will stay focused on her dreams every day
* she will only stalk Brad Pitt once every two weeks
If you could help, I would be most grateful and would be happy to throw in a few incentives as well. How about making those holiday calories not count? All green lights for one week? We'll talk.
Maybelle Merriweather, Fairy Godmother
Congratulations to September!
Now, as was mentioned on the Voice-Overs.com Forum, there was some difficulty narrowing down the list, and as a result, an honorable mention for Mary Morgan and her new year's resolutions are in order.
Mary Morgan submitted the following:
For 2008 I will do the following:
Never give up my dream
Wow producers, directors, and all listeners alike
Yield to every audition that comes my way
Enjoy what I do
Always thank God for my gifts and talents
Remember to practice vocal techniques
Strive for excellence
Respect my strengths and weaknesses
Embrace every experience
Stop putting myself down
Learn from mistakes
Use what I know
Increase my knowledge
Organize my materials
Network with other voice talent
Stay focused on my career
Fix problem areas
Offer advice to new talent
Read and read some more
Market myself like crazy
Yank out negative thoughts in my head
Volunteer my time
Obtain the latest news in the industry
Continue learning my craft
Explore new horizons
Value my efforts
Educate myself nonstop
Recognize my faults
Create opportunities for myself
Always keep training
Reach for the stars
Earn my place as a professional voiceover artist
Evolve as an artist
Rejoice in my success so far
Marc Cashman asked that I share a special note with you, and I'm happy to do so. Here's Marc's message to all who entered the contest:
An open letter to all contestants:
I'd like to say to everyone who entered this contest that your submissions were very well thought out, extremely creative and quite inspiring. I want to encourage those of you who plan on taking more voice acting classes.
The best actors never stop learning.
I want to suggest that you don't make a V-O demo until you're really ready, and to get help from a pro to make it competitive. I admire you for focusing on your goals and working every day to realize them. And I want remind you that you can email me any questions about the business through Voices.com or call me any time.
I wish you all much success for a great '08!
If you subscribe to Julie's VoiceOver Insider, you received this news from her early this morning. Julie is on her way to Hawaii to teach a voice over workshop (lucky people!) and wishes to thank everyone for their participation.
If you're curious to learn more about what your peers who entered the contest are hoping to achieve in 2008, visit the forum and take a look.
Some of you may have already seen my new year's resolutions as posted at the CBC on the Spark blog, but I don't think I've heard from some of our readers here at VOX Daily yet about theirs.
If you started off 2008 with some resolutions, be they voice over related or not, you are welcome to leave a comment and share your resolutions with me here on the blog.
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