By Stephanie Ciccarelli
December 30, 2011
Many people are speculating that the world will end in 2012.
While I don't subscribe to what the Mayans predicted, although I do acknowledge that the world could end at any time, Herb Merriweather shares some predictions of his own as we go from 2011 into 2012.
Join Herb and see if his predictions and hopes for the New Year are doable in today's VOX Daily!
By Herb Merriweather
With all of the hoopla and pop-scientific attention given to the Mayan doomsday prophesies, rogue comets and other world-ending events, I've decided to follow along with my very own 'Predictions of the End' for the voice over world for 2012! Some of these earth shattering predictions will affect you personally, profoundly and professionally. Others will simply amuse you as you read in disbelief. Whether these prophesies (sic) come true or not, time will tell. I have based these prognostications on trends and discussions overheard and gathered from various sources.
DISCLAIMER: Since I neither claim to be a prophet of ANY kind nor have I ever made an accurate prediction in my entire life; I strongly suggest that you read these peeks into the future with a very large grain of salt--and a 'wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more' attitude!
Paul Strikwerda and others have highlighted the alarming trend of 'settling'--customers and clients 'settling' for less than the best product and voice actors 'settling' for mediocre output and less than professional pricing. The cream will rise to the top and folks will start attaching themselves to excellence again.
It takes a lot more than an online presence on a busy website to ensure a healthy voice over career. The proper mix of ongoing education, online marketing, professionalism and good ol' pavement pounding ALL combine to bring work to your door and keep clients returning. More and more voice actors will start being responsible for their own success--or failure.
Back during the Gold Rush of 1849, everybody wanted to 'strike it rich', so they dropped everything they were already doing, invested in mining/prospecting equipment and moved to the mountains! After a short while skill, experience and perseverance began to take their toll on the '49ers'. Those who had no skill walked away and so did those who had no patience to gain valuable experience. And when the 'riches' didn't come in buckets right away, those with no perseverance were gone, too. Soon, the posers, the inexperienced, the fortune seekers in the voice over world will all walk away--leaving those of us who are seriously demented enough to continue on this career path!
Voice actors enjoy a celebrity/anonymity that is unmatched anywhere; no one knows who we are and yet some of us are more recognizable than many on-screen celebrities! The lines between the two camps have been severely blurred with voice over artists stepping out of the shadows (Don LaFontaine, Dave Fennoy), actors who move seamlessly between the two worlds (Hank Azaria, Phil LaMarr, Robin Williams) and the celebrity who can actually deliver a great VO performance (the phenomenal casts of 'Mega Mind' and 'Despicable Me' among others come to mind). With the explosion of opportunity afforded by the online experience--not to mention the global rise of game and cartoon animation--in the words of Sly Stone, Everybody Is A Star!
This prophesy must surely come to pass! Hallelujah--and happy voicing!
Do you have any hopes or projections of your own to share?
Happy New Year!
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