By Stephanie Ciccarelli
November 16, 2012
Don'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!
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.
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!
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!
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