Ok, so I think I might have said something before about some of the feedback I’ve been getting on my demos being….well……not great. I contacted my director about it, she called and we discussed it. She was very nice about it, she didn’t get defensive or rude or anything, which I was very grateful for because I wasn’t trying to be rude either, and we chatted a bit about some of the things that were said, what type of people they were coming from and things like that. In the end, she still has all of her notes and the raw recordings I made in December so she is going to go back to the production team and see if we can’t change it up a bit and get some better feedback and get some work. I certainly hope so! I haven’t had any work since my job on Upwork. That’s ok though, I’ve been using my time as wisely as I can. I’ve been learning every tiny little thing I can about just about everything. Watching YouTube videos, reading blogs, reading all the posts in my many VO groups on FB and stuff like that.
I have my cart at Amazon filled up with all the new techy toys I’d like to have in my studio. Ok, not ALL the toys, but the ones I feel like I definitely need there. 🙂 I have the basket at just under $512. I have ten dollars in credit with Amazon and in a day or so, I’ll have five more dollars in credit. That brings the total cost for my audio chain down to less than $500, which is my goal. I get free 2- day shipping with my Amazon Prime so I don’t have to worry about that part either.
I think I have an idea for a recording space that is definitely ‘out of the box’. It has no parallel walls and uses no wood and costs less than $400….at least that is the goal. While it isn’t ‘take it to your hotel room’ portable, it is something you can take with you without much of a problem when you move houses, like I’m planning to do in the semi-near future. I’m waiting to run the idea by my new favorite YouTuber, Mike Delgaudio, who does Booth Junkie. I love watching him. Despite the fact that he hates combing his hair, he has some great information on his videos.
Since I mentioned groups earlier, I just have to say this. When I started all this, I was told I needed to join groups. Yeah, that was easy. Then they said I needed to be active in ALL of them! Are you joking me? I forgot how exhausting it was to be so active in a bunch of groups. Yes, there is some excellent information I would have missed in these groups if I wasn’t active and reading all the posts and comments and links, but WOW. How do pro VOs get any work done? If I didn’t work a day job, it would take me all day to get through my groups (I’m only in about ten or twelve I think) with reading, posting my own stuff (which I don’t really have much of right now), congratulating folks (because these people really do deserve it for some of the amazing stuff I’ve seen) and liking various comments. See, I don’t just go through and like everything. I actually read the posts, the comments that have already been added, all of it. If someone is asking about something I don’t know anything about, I keep my proverbial mouth shut and ears open. If the question is a good one, I’ll like it, but seeing as I have little to no experience with any of this, I (thankfully) get to stay mostly silent for now. That will change though, because I AM going to get work and I AM going to get paid well for it and I AM going to expand, because I LOVE it and because I CAN!
Despite all of that, I have ‘met’ some really great people in the groups I’ve joined. Yes, there are some bad apples, idiots, ass holes, people that are just bitter at the world and taking it out on others, but luckily they’re few and far between. One got ejected from a group for a really crude comment that was made because someone else in the group was non-union. Well, a lot of us in that group are non-union. She got a few crass comments in before she was shown the door. Never take it personally or seriously folks. Those idiots feel threatened by the ‘next generation’ of Voice Actors and they don’t want to be made obsolete. They think it’s us that will make them obsolete when it’s the market that will do that. Won’t have a thing to do with us.
I’ve been playing around with another idea. I am going to try to find where I can upload audio files to each of my posts and record each one, a little like a podcast. That way folks can read it or listen to it. I mean really. I’m a Voice Actor, why wouldn’t I record my blogs? It’s great practice, it let’s people (read as potential clients or connections to them) hear my voice and I can also get some practice in editing audio. No way but to practice, right?! Can’t get any better if I don’t do it. While work isn’t exactly plenty right now, I can still get my practice in and maybe even do myself some good!
I’ve been told several times that I shouldn’t let potential clients know I’m new to the VO world. While I don’t necessarily think this is bad advice and I don’t normally go screaming that I’m a newbie at every mountain top, I don’t see anything wrong with being a newbie. Not even to a client. No VA will last forever, the market will change, people will retire. Every VA was new once. As the market changes, the voices change, too. Yes, there will be some that want a seasoned VO, but then they get a seasoned voice. Nothing wrong with using a New Voice Actor and getting a New Voice!