By Stephanie Ciccarelli
July 24, 2009
Want to help change the world?
You can do so through the kind of projects you take on in your voice acting career.
Discover 3 factors that determine how you contribute and find out why they are so very important.
Each day, you are given opportunities to record scripts for projects, and you can pick and choose which are more suited to you and decide whether or not they appeal to you.
Let's examine the factors that go into whether or not you audition or embark on a project, and if that project is "right" for you. What's also interesting is that these same factors are critical to achieving your goal of helping you to change the world with your voice.
2. Vocal Range
3. Personal Beliefs
Some projects come with specific requirements such as you must have access to ISDN, speak a particular dialect, or be able to deliver the audio and meet a client's deadline. Most of this is obvious, but it is important to ensure that you are equipped to fulfill the nuts and bolts of what is expected of you as a service provider.
If you are honest with yourself and know what you are capable of doing as a voice over artist, this shouldn't be very difficult to ascertain. If your strengths lie in certain areas and you know your comfortable vocal range, make sure that you audition for projects calling for your voice type and only present clients with styles or pitches you are comfortable voicing or replicating for extended periods of time.
While this may not be a critical point for all people, I think it is very important to only take on work or audition for projects that align with your morals, ethics and beliefs. How can you make sure you do this? Ask yourself, "Do I feel good being associated with X company, cartoon, concept, etc.?" before stepping forward and making a commitment. An audition, even if it's only an audition, is still a commitment of sorts so be careful to apply only for jobs you actually want to do.
Whenever you choose to honour your values, you are being authentic, credible, and have a greater purpose for what you are doing or contributing to.
Do you remember what Polonius said in "Hamlet"?
"To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
In the same vein, if you truly believe in what you are saying and speak with conviction, the read will come across with indisputable veracity and be of untold benefit to a prospective client and to your customers.
Each decision you make affects you and those around you. Just as a raindrop lands on the waters and causes a ripple to spread, so do your actions, making an impact on those around you and on others beyond your community.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
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