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Perseverance Pays Off

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

November 16, 2012

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Man deep in thought, smiling and persevering in his course of actionDon't you love receiving encouraging, exciting and even surprising emails from your customers?

Earlier today, one such email crossed my desk from friend and customer, Kurt Feldner, a voice talent based in Ohio.

If you are feeling the least bit discouraged in your auditioning progress, I hope that you will find Kurt's story to be an inspiration.

Read more in today's VOX Daily!

Running The Race Set Before You

Have auditions been getting you down? If your audition to booking ratio isn't quite where you'd like it to be, I can appreciate how you might feel. Even though I don't audition per se myself, I do pitch the media regularly and only am sourced for a certain percentage of the queries I submit for.

What do you do when it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel and that carrot is forever dangling before you, just out of reach?

Earlier this morning, I received an email from one of our customers, Kurt Feldner, who shared an amazing story with me about how perseverance pays off. I asked Kurt if I could share it with you and he was pleased for me to do so.

Kurt Feldner Shares His Success Story

Over the last several months, there was more than once I considered stopping my monthly subscription to voices.com. It was not due to anyone at Voices.com - on the contrary, it's been in large part BECAUSE of everyone there that I've kept at it. But when, month in and month out, you work hard and no one is willing to pull the trigger and hire you, you can lose hope. But I've always been a dreamer and optimist, so I kept firing away and giving it my best.

FINALLY, on Wednesday, after 1,718 auditions, someone hired me on Voices.com! I had to study the message from the client very carefully, in which she told me she was going to award the job to me in a few minutes. What? Someone was telling me they like my voice and was not following it up with a, "but"? Wow, you can't imagine how happy I was. So today, I'll be starting and finishing the job and delivering it to the client and hope to earn a 5-star rating. Perhaps this recent hire and a good rating will bode well for my future success.

Last night, I attended my first meeting with the Meetup.com local group, "Voice Over Pros of Central Ohio," created by voice-over coach Ron Allan. It was awesome, considering I was unable to attend VOICE 2012 or Faffcon 5. I got to meet some nice folks and share some information. In our time of introducing ourselves and telling a little about us and our involvement in VO, I told everyone that I'd just been hired the day before on Voices.com for my 1st gig. I told them, "You know I feel a little ashamed to say it took me over 1,700 auditions to land my first gig." But many spoke up and affirmed my hard work AND after the meeting, 2 or 3 people came up to me and told me I was an inspiration to them. One woman even wrote down, "1,718" on her note pad to remind her of what I shared. It was a good night.

Have a great Friday and an awesome weekend!

Kurt

How About You?

Do you remember approximately how many auditions it took for you to do before booking a job on Voices.com?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,
Stephanie

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Comments


    It's amazing how booking ONE voice over gig can change your outlook. I've been a full time voice actor for 5 years now, and it's NEVER easy. The competition is fierce. Clients can choose talent for odd reasons. Whatever the case, Kurt's got it right. If you're in this thing called voice over, you need to be prepared for lots of "NO's".
    To answer your question, Stephanie, I think it took about 150-200 auditions on voices.com to book MY first job. And I've had several since then.

    But it's been a while. I've sent in hundreds of auditions in 2012, and not ONE was awarded to me. But that's OK...because the last one(about a year ago) was for several thousand dollars.

    And hopefully...the next one will be too :)

    Here's to booking gigs thru voices.com!
    -JC

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    • JC Haze
    • November 17, 2012 9:42 AM

      Thanks, Kurt. I appreciate your willingness to be vulnerable and your persistence. Your words are a source of great encouragement for me. May your next gig come quickly!

      Faithe Lester

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        Thanks, Kurt, for inspiring us!!!   You are SO right about perseverance!   Following is a comment that I recently added on Linked-In, when we were asked if we had a favorite motivational quote, and I also referenced Voices.com (of course!).  The whole conversation made me realize how many inspiring folks are out there, doing what you did for us today!!  :-)))  Thank you! 

        "For motivational quotes, my fave is Jeremiah 29:11 !   It's not everyone's cup of tea, but it sure gives me hope branching into this "new" facet of my career, after doing freebie voice-overs for years.  ["For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future"].  It helps me out when my energy is flagging.  Hang on, burn the midnight oil, offer some freebies locally for your own drill and potential networking, and be tenacious!  Your investments of time & energy will build upon each other!  It took me a whole year to get my first paying job-- but yesterday I received my 11th 5-star feedback at Voices.com.  If I can do it, you can, too!!  :-)))"

        P.S., I've since received my 12th!   Never be idle; be learning and practicing in whatever minutes you have.  I love the resource that Voices.com is for all of us (including their FANTASTIC five-star staff!!) and have devoured every single podcast and audio byte from each and every Voice Over Experts contributor!  (actually, I've listened to most multiple times!).  Even driving around on short errands, these Professors of VO are riding around with me.   My 16-year old has gleaned so much from this wonderful media, he could probably recite it in his sleep!  Read copy aloud, get some quality training (Edge Studio is also an EXCELLENT resource!), practice your craft whenever possible, and keep the faith!   Rally on, friends!

        Beth Green

        Posted by:
        • Beth Green
        • November 17, 2012 10:54 AM

          Wow, thank you ALL so much for your highly encouraging words. And I'm so humbled and thankful to know what I've experienced has in turn offered you a little encouragement as well.

          I appreciate how you have shared what YOU have gone through regarding auditions and training. And Beth, that scripture is actually one of my favorites. It offers not only peace, but a sense of purpose, direction and encouragement as you've noted.

          I look forward to sharing with all of you as our careers move forward. Please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn, Twitter & Facebook.

          Have an outstanding day!

          Kurt,

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            Keep plugging away Kurt. It took me 189 auditions before the first bite. And Beth is absolutely right. Keep practicing, stay sharp, listen and learn from others! Working in theater and film as well, I find success in one aspect of acting feeds the others, just as taking classes with one focus informs the other aspects of my craft. 'Tis a magical journey we're on, full of surprises.

            Good wishes to all,
            Elinor

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            • Elinor
            • November 17, 2012 7:29 PM

              Thanks so much, Elinor for your suggestions & words of encouragement. I believe there's a lot of truth that acting in theater helps with success in VO. You really bring up some excellent points. I'm always open to ideas that will help me in this craft I find so satisfying & enjoyable. :)

              Kurt,

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                Kurt, congrats....I hope to get my first job on voices.com someday. I have been favorited, even had persons say they liked my voice, but for some reason still have not snagged work. Since I am now one of America's unemployed from another job sector, hopefully, like you, there will be that break. I don't want to become homeless like that one voiceover guy....

                Posted by:
                • Mark Jaudon
                • December 11, 2012 11:11 AM

                  That was certainly an eye-opener. Thanks for posting that.

                  Being English, it is probably going to be harder on here for me as I sense that most of the work is for N. American V/O talent. Saying that, it won't stop me auditioning and developing an American style accent to accommodate those roles.

                  I got one 'like' and a nice comment from the voiceseeker in my first week on voices.com (this week). Please don't take that as a gloat. I didn't get the job, but the recognition was encouraging. Since then, not a sniff, but a 'like' can really boost morale. A short comment is even better as someone actually takes the time to type (hopefully not a copy and paste or template). regardless, a small piece of recognition can go a long way.

                  I don't expect to be swamped in jobs as I am very much a newbie to V/Os. What's important for me right now is development and some recognition along the way to keep me going. Auditioning is a sure way to learn and to see what people are really doing. The jobs are bonuses in our personal and professional development.

                  My next audition will the the 24th, so early doors right now.

                  Onwards and upwards everyone.

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