By Stephanie Ciccarelli
October 21, 2010
In which ways are you marketing your voice locally? Are you part of an ad club or chamber of commerce?
Promoting your voice should be a multi-pronged strategy that involves more than just social networking online... in other words, don't get stuck sitting on the couch when you could be among the people!
Learn more about how you can get the word out to those who may hire you in town in today's VOX Daily.
When is the last time you introduced yourself to someone (in person) and told them about your profession?
There are many opportunities for networking and becoming known locally, especially if you seek out membership in an advertising club, a chamber of commerce or any other organization of businesspeople looking to connect on a regular basis to socialize and exchange cards.
In addition to your business cards, you might want to have a number of CD copies of your demo on hand should someone request one. Receiving a demo could be considered a novelty for someone outside of the business and it doesn't hurt to bring some just in case.
One reason why you might want to connect with people locally is that many individuals do not yet have relationships established with a voice over professional. After having met you and discovered how you can serve them, and vice versa, a connection is made that may go beyond that initial meeting and could serve you well through referrals.
Sometimes these opportunities for networking in person are promoted online via an organization's website. Whenever you can, make sure that an effort is made to do some face-to-face networking and make some real, in person contacts.
Remember, if you're working for yourself and sell your voice over services, you are in business for yourself and are an entrepreneur. You have every right to be involved in the corporate fabric of your city or town... don't be afraid to show up! Voice talent often forget that they are running a business. You're bringing the brand and have so much to offer other people and businesses near you, if only they knew.
I'd love to learn more about what you are doing to get involved in your local business social scene. How do you network and what do you perceive to be the benefits of getting to know local businesspeople in your community?
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