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It's bound to happen, you get in the booth for a directed session and you find that it's just not working. For whatever reason, the director doesn't seem to be getting what they want. It can make you question yourself and your abilities. So, what should you do about it?
Riding the Waves of Self-Doubt and Criticism in Voice Acting
Imagine this scenario - you're in a live directed session, putting your best efforts forward, but somehow, you're not striking a chord with the director. Your performance is falling short, causing your self-assurance to plummet. Does this situation sound familiar? You're not alone. This situation is a common occurrence in the voice acting industry, and many of us have been there.
The voice acting world can be a roller coaster ride, filled with highs and lows. There will be moments when you may question your place in the industry. However, it's crucial to remember that it's okay to have doubts. It's okay to feel anxious. What matters is how we handle these moments.
So, how do you deal with a director when you're not hitting the mark? How do you handle the criticism? One of the most crucial aspects is communication. When you're struggling to understand what the director wants, it's vital to ask for clarification. Provide varied reads and examples that might align with the director's vision. Stress and anxiety won't help your performance, so remember to breathe and relax.
Self-doubt can creep in, especially when the feedback is less than positive. As voice actors, our voices are personal to us. They represent our personal brand. So, any criticism can feel deeply personal. However, it's crucial to remember that criticism is a part of growth. It's okay to feel upset, but don't let it consume you to the point where you question your place in the industry.
The voice acting industry can be challenging to navigate, but remember, you are never alone in this journey. Embrace each moment as a learning opportunity. Remember, every moment of self-doubt is a stepping stone towards becoming a better voice actor.
Stay tuned for more insights, tips, and experiences in the fascinating world of voice acting. Remember, it's okay to have doubts. It's okay to feel anxious. What matters is how you handle these moments. Don't let self-doubt or criticism stand in the way of your voice acting journey. Keep going, keep growing, and keep believing in yourself. See you next time!
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About Anne Ganguzza
Recipient of multiple Voice Arts Awards for Outstanding Narration Demo - Anne Ganguzza is California-based Voice Over Coach and award-winning Director & Producer specializing in target-marketed voiceover Demo Production. Anne's production team creates SOVAS-nominated demos across several genres, including Commercial, Corporate Narration, and eLearning, and her VO BOSS podcast is the winner of SOVAS Outstanding Podcast in 2022.