By Stephanie Ciccarelli
October 20, 2009
Lost a gig?
Today I'd like to talk about what happens when someone doesn't renew a contract to use your voice.
It is not a subject that we touch on much but is an important reality nonetheless.
Hear some sage advice from Ann DeWig on the realities of moving on here at VOX Daily.
Jobs Come and Go
Voice over goes in cycles. Just as every good things must come to an end, contracts for voice over jobs also end, and this includes even the biggest ticket jobs.
Each one of your jobs makes your career. While some may be more memorable or prestigious, a working voice actor knows that every little bit adds to your bottom line. You'll win some and lose some! The important thing is to keep going and to keep winning.
Prominent female voice over talent Ann DeWig knows this firsthand, and encourages talent to look beyond their past bookings.
Ann says, "I think there is an illusion about successful voice jobs, and how they can catapult you to new heights in your career. I often hear voice people say: 'If I get this job it would open everything up!' But voiceover is a strange career. You never really get the corner office, your name on the door and the feeling of 'ahhh, I've finally made it!' Our gigs come and go. Every voice job you get you will lose. So it's important to remember that there is no 'one' job that makes or breaks you. Jobs can certainly lead to new jobs and new opportunities, but I think it's important to keep things into perspective. It's ALL my jobs combined that allow me to pay my mortgage and buy my dogs those dingo bones they like. I'm certainly not the first woman to be voicing super prestigious gigs, (usually reserved for males), and I won't be the last. Melissa Disney will always be the first woman to have voiced a trailer, but she also moved on to the next job. The one we didn't hear about."
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