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In the voiceover industry, you have the opportunity to fail frequently. But, that's a good thing! It means you have so many opportunities to learn and grow. In this video, Anne talks about how to take failure and make it work for you.
The "F" word.
So today I wanna talk about the F word failure. Okay. So today I wanna dispel any myths about feeling bad about the F word, which is failure. Let's talk about how we can take failure and turn it around so that it becomes a success for us, or let's talk about how to fail forward.
Whenever you fail. And I, I used to never like to call it a failure. I always thought about, well, things didn't work out, so let me just shift directions so that, you know, things will work out. And that's also another version of failing forward because what you're doing is you're learning from the things that don't go well or your mistakes, or if you wanna call them failures, you can certainly call them failures, but failures make them good because you learn from them, take that opportunity and then just move forward.
So try something else. Shift directions. There are so many definitions of failure that you might have in your current job. Maybe you didn't win that job. Maybe you didn't get the gig or you didn't get a second gig. The client didn't call back. You didn't make the money that you wanted to make this month in voiceover.
A lot of those are very subjective failures. So if you didn't win that audition, get the gig. Remember we are in this industry where voiceover is very subjective. So it doesn't mean that you were bad in your performance or you had a bad audition. It could be that the client didn't need your voice at that time.
Or there was another voice that fit the job better. It wasn't that you did a poor audition or you performed poorly. They just needed a different voice for the project. So that's always something you have to remember in the back of your head Even if it's been a long time since you've gotten the gig and you're doing audition after audition, after audition, keep remembering that a lot of times the winning of those auditions, it's a timing issue.
Now, if you have not really been winning auditions for let's say six months or a year, you might wanna consider shifting direction, right? Let's not call that a failure. Let's shift direction and say, maybe I need performance coaching, right. Or additional performance coaching. That's how you're going to fail forward.
Take those experiences and then ask yourself, okay, what can I do to shift direction? Something obviously isn't working the way that I've been progressing forward here. How can I progress forward in a different direction so that I can make it a success for myself? I'm a big believer in education.
You can always learn something every single day from your mistakes. For me, more education is a great problem solver. It's a great way to fail forward. So if you're not succeeding in one particular area, educate yourself, go do some research, take some time, and, you know, be good to yourself. And don't let it affect your mentality because a lot of times that mental state that you're in can really affect your performance.
And if you're down on yourself or you're feeling low, a lot of times that becomes like the Charlie brown cloud that is over the top of your head. If you remember, Charlie Brown always had the cloud over his head, I want you to take those experiences and learn from them and move forward. You can fail forward and you can fail right into success.
Thanks for reading!
Keep on rocking your business like a #VOBOSS
Anne Ganguzza is a professional voice actor and award-winning director and producer who works with students to develop their voiceover and business skills - including voice over Coaching and Genre-based Demo Production. She specializes in conversational Commercial & Narration styles, including Corporate, eLearning, Technology, and On-Hold Messaging. Located in Orange County, California, Anne offers private coaching and mentoring services to students via ipDTL and Zoom.