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How's your batting average?


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

February 27, 2008

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Have you been beating yourself up over your ratio of auditions to jobs secured?

Guest blogger Bobbin Beam takes a swing in the right direction and hits one out of the park with her article featured here on VOX Daily called "The Art of Risk".

Baseball Stadium

How many auditions does the average actor perform to nail a single job?

How many times do you "put yourself out there", and see nothing come of it?

Good question. Obviously the answer varies, depending on so many factors, which would be difficult to quantify into a solid statistic.

It is the question as well as the answer that makes me wonder.

In general, it would be safe to assume that you are in the majority if you take the risk of performing on any level, you run a risk of not booking the job more often than not;

Risk of failure. Risk of rejection, Risk of "de-selection".

Think about the Oscars. So many actors auditioned for the films and just so many got the job. Only so many many films or actors were nominated, and just a few select won the "golden ticket".

It's a Hard Knock Life

Being in this business is like the supreme roller coaster ride of your life. If you wanna ride, better strap yourself in. You may have exhilarating highs one week or one day, and have all the air let out of your balloon the next.

In voice-over acting, we are at a grander disadvantage. At least on a film or video shoot, you're interacting with other human beings. Not so in voiceover, unless you enjoy the rare occasion where you're booked into a studio for a double or an ensemble gig. Even so, many times you end up perhaps with just the director, and or the engineer to record the session.

"Isolation" is Not Just about the Booth

So most of the time, we work in a very isolated environment, and take our daily risks. We operate in a vacuum, and in so doing, we risk it all. We spill out our best, (we think), and can still fall flat on our face.

Working through this "art" of the process is challenging at times. It can be quite painful, to risk and lose, as it can be incredibly heady in getting the recognition or landing a gig.

Take Charge and Weather the Storm

When we suffer losses, we must train ourselves to place them into perspective. You do this any way you can. But it helps to have practical training and experience to weather them.

Where we can get into trouble is when we allow our emotions and ego to take off on a self-absorbed œpity party". Many of us do this because we are actors, we are competitive, and have innate and trained sensitivity, combined with a healthy ego.

For those who can't get this aspect of it, simply give up.

That's when it's time for a break from the business. Really, take a break! Keep doing things you love and surround yourself with people who love you, and get back in touch with what truly matters.

It's all Subjective, Don't Take it Personally

Know it's not your fault that you've been rejected, ignored, dissed, overlooked, under-appreciated, low-rated, or the latest industry buzzword, "de-selected".

Don't let this stop you.

It's OK to take the risk, while giving permission to others not to hire you for whatever reason that is not in your control. All you can do is control your own performance and spill it out there.

And next time, take the risk and get comfortable with the uncomfortable.

All the Best,

Bobbin Beam

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    Everyone needs some encouragement to overcome life's challenges.

    Thanks for sharing Bobbin.

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    • David
    • February 27, 2008 1:39 PM

      Great article!

      I can't look at the batting average -- just keep going! Auditioning is part of the job as a voice talent, I look at it as one audition closer to a booking!

      Bob Worthington

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        I appreciated reading this because I have decided to keep better track of my numbers.... how many auditions and via which venues, so I can see where I'm getting hired. I wish that Voices.com and the other sites offered better data for us.
        I was motivated to do this when I looked at all the work I had done last year and realized I had only booked one job via Voices.com! I was at first shocked, then depressed, then motivated to work harder and smarter..... :-)

        Posted by:

          An average is a single value that is meant to typify a list of values. If all the numbers in the list are the same, then this number should be used. If the numbers are not the same, an easy way to get a representative value from a list is to randomly pick any number from the list. However, the word 'average' is usually reserved for more sophisticated methods that are generally found to be more useful. In the latter case, the average is calculated by combining the values from the set in a specific way and computing a single number as being the average of the set.

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