In a world of social media and digital technology it can be a little hard to know who’s real and who’s blowing smoke up your ass. Especially when it comes to business “opportunities.” I constantly meet entrepreneurs like Myself and engage in conversation. One approached Me this morning and was telling Me about an awareness campaign for women, he was trying to sell Me pads. Not cool.
There are people like Me, who refuse to chase easy money by deceiving people with products I know nothing about. People who offer a quality service at a reasonable price with no hidden agendas or fees and still deal with nonsense. With Sexy Sapphire what you see is always what you get, direct answers are easily available and most information you need will already be made clear on My sites. No need to deceive, or reel you in.
When you know your target market there is less chance of you being the pushy sales person in every conversation you have. You’ll be able to identify and qualify a customer up front.
I recently talked to a young man who was interested in doing voice over work for cartoons and movies. He was totally down on himself, assuming that because he came from poverty and had only completed high school that he had no chance of achieving his dreams at all. I reminded him of Kevin Clash, who provided the voice for Sesame Street’s Elmo. Back then there was no internet, Clash created his first puppet from the lining of his father’s coat and continued to pursue his passion when and how he could. Clash met his mentor, Stu Kerr and later went on to work on the captain Kangaroo show before being added to the Sesame Street cast in 1984.
The internet has made so many aspects of life easier, from shopping to paying our bills and getting high quality entertainment. Another thing it has done is give opportunities to people who would have otherwise never had them. YouTube and Vine are full of aspiring stars and talent who would never been noticed if not for the widespread popularity of the internet.
Had it not been for YouTube, Usher would have never been able to discover Justin Beiber. I’m not saying that posting a video of yourself performing any kind of talent will gain you instant fame but I can promise it is a big part of getting access to opportunities that used to be beyond your grasp.
Just like any other talent, you must work hard at yours, this is where the internet helps you most. If you want to break into voice over acting work I’d suggest the following things.
Whip Out Your Video Camera and Start Practicing.
Invest in a decent quality camera. Whether you want to keep your practice videos private or share them with the world, the easiest way to measure your growth is visually. Start practicing your different voices on camera. Create a few original characters, with voices and a background so that people can see that not only can you imitate known voices and characters, but create your own. Creating your own characters gives you an edge, it says you’re serious about your craft and that you’re innovative. BONUS: If you post enough videos, get good enough or gain enough popularity you can monetize your YouTube page and make money off the ad revenue you generate. Get paid to practice your work before you ever even get a paying gig.
Start a Blog Chronicling Your Progress
Do you think you need to be an expert in something to start a blog? You really don’t, in fact, there are so many people who would love to follow your journey and enjoy your talents. Whether you fail or succeed at whatever your daily or weekly goals are there are people who will embrace you. We live in a world where people love a good story. If you’re a voice over artist it would be a great idea and benefit for you to have a multimedia blog site to share your story, journey and craft with the world. BONUS: Your blog will also give you the opportunity to make money. Sign up for Google Adwords and as your blog gains popularity, you can gain funds.
Your voice is an instrument, like a piano or guitar and like an instrument, it must be fine-tuned. Sign up for a local acting class and get yourself a voice Coash. I know you’re not a singer but a voice coach can teach you to train your voice which is the key to perfecting the characters you create.
Hit Up Open Mic Night at Your Local Comedy Club
What better way to hone your talent and see how good people think you are then to practice in front of a live audience? Check out your local comedy club and talent showcases and sign up. What’s the worst that can happen? You know the best thing that can happen? They love you, someone offers you another opportunity, or you actually get discovered. Weirder things have happened.
Get Your Butt To a Professional
Every actor, even voice over actors need what’s called a reel when applying for gigs. Do some research and find someone in your area who can help you put together an audiovisual reel. Make sure you perform only your best characters, look presentable and if you have props use them. Try to remember to embody the character you portray and don’t be afraid to be animated. The other professional you need, an agent. To make it in the entertainment industry it’s imperative that you get an agent. An agent often has insider knowledge to auditions and roles that you won’t find on many casting sites.
Get active on various social media platforms. Create your profile, upload your videos and photos and get to networking. Join some groups and meet others people in the entertainment industry. Take part in local networking events and become a part of your local arts community. There will be others in your network that can often give you tips about upcoming roles too.
When submitting your information to websites and talent agencies it’s imperative that you introduce yourself in an eye catching way. Along with promo photos and/or package most companies will ask you to submit a bio. Your bio is what tells people who you are and what you have accomplished in your field of expertise.
Your bio will more than likely be compared to that of many others as whoever goes through the auditing process weeds out the best of the best. If you bio is boring or less than full, it may end up in the reject pile. Showcase yourself in the best way possible.
The first thing to remember is to IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE. If you are submitting to be a model in a magazine your bio should include any training you’ve had as a model, any major opportunities you had a chance to be a part of, any videos, publications or fashion shows you have been a part of and your hobbies and interests. It is better your bio is a little wordy than sparse.
Another key point is to WRITE IN THIRD PERSON. Your bio should read as if someone else wrote it, even if you carefully thought out every word yourself. Introduce yourself as someone else would. Your bio should start with your name at the beginning of the first sentence followed by what you are known for. IE: Sexy Sapphire is a former model and writer from Baltimore.
Have you been a part of any major productions, a band, a modeling group anything where you performed or received accolades? This is where you LIST YOUR NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Showcase those skills and let people know you’re more than a title, you’re action.
SHOW YOUR HUMAN SIDE. Its important that balance is a part of our lives AND our bio. People need to see that you’re not all work but have a little fun in your life too. Share a few hobbies and interest or charities that you are a member of.
DON’T LEAVE THEM WANTING MORE. This is not a time to just tell people how awesome you are but also a way of letting them know how to book you and all your awesomeness. Don’t forget to tell them where to find you. Close with your website or social media information and your contact email.
Have you ever felt stuck in the life you’ve created for yourself? Your life may be going just fine on the surface, you’re employed, you’re managing to pay your bills, you have a wonderful spouse. But you live the same routine every day, day in and day out only daydreaming about the life you wished you lived. At some point in time we all find that we feel stuck. The question is how long will you allow yourself to go on like that. Will you ever pursue your dreams and be real to your authentic self or will you just go on living a mediocre life?
We all have bills to play , we all have responsibilities and many of us have excuses for why we are not living the life we dream of living. Some of the biggest excuses we give ourselves for not chasing our dreams are
The reality is that whether we pursue our passions or allow them to lie dormant they are always in the forefront of our minds. When something is is your blood, in your heart, no matter how much you try to push the thought of it aside you will not be able to shake what’s inside of you.
There will be people who tell you you’re crazy. People will not always see your vision and that’s perfectly fine. Everyone is not meant to see, feel or understand what you do. For that very reason alone, because you may have something unique, maybe even innovative to add to the world you must be willing to follow the little voice inside guiding you towards your dream life.
It won’t be easy. Change never is, fear can ground even the mos talented, passionate individual. Fear of change, fear of inadequacy and even fear of success is a huge deterrent for some. I guarantee it will take some 20 hour days, some sleepless nights, it may even take a year worth of ramen noodles and boiled eggs for dinner but the journey towards your authentic self is it’s own reward. Some of the most important reasons for pursuing your passions and living to your own authentic self and include but aren’t limited to
Those with little money, little free time or maybe too many excuses can find ways to easily incorporate their passion int their daily lives.
There are many other ways to work your passion into your daily life. You may not be able to jump right into your dream job or position but the more you immerse yourself in your passion the closer you get each day. You open yourself to opportunities that you never will get sitting on the couch wondering what if.
Any goal is achievable when the right amount of determination, dedication, time and effort are applied. If I could leave with with a few last words of advice I’d remind you that
Need more motivation to follow your passions? Check out the articles below. These people made the leap from living mediocre day to day lives and are now living their dreams.
Sexy Sapphire 10/19/2015