I think we can all agree that fear is a bit like an old friend. It sticks around, it’s always there...even when you really wish it wasn’t. Fear has many forms: fear of rejection, fear of failure and fear of success are all common ones we deal with. The good news is that overcoming fear is a journey we all go through at some point in our lives as creatives.
For as long as there have been human beings, there have been fears. Fear is an essential part of the human condition and it can be a powerful motivator for creativity. In fact, fear can be so powerful that it can lead to extreme creativity...but fear isn't always helpful. Sometimes it can hold us back from pursuing our dreams or taking risks that would otherwise help us grow as people. How do we know if our fears are holding us back? And what should we do about them?
Fear is a sign of growth
Think about it. If you aren't scared, it means you're not trying anything new. You're staying in your comfort zone and being safe. And if you are trying new things, there's a chance that they might not work out. But here's the thing: if something doesn't go as planned, that doesn't mean you should let fear hold you back from doing things differently next time! It just means that maybe next time, try something else or change up some other parts of the process until eventually everything falls into place.
Why are you afraid?
The first step to overcoming fear is to identify what you're really afraid of. It could be anything, but it's important that you know what it is so that you can begin working through those feelings. What are you actually afraid of? You might be worried that people won't like accept you as a creative professional Is there\ anything that can be done to avoid these negative outcomes? See where this fear stems from. Are there any patterns that arise from your fears?
"Fear is always triggered by creativity, because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome." - Elizabeth Gilbert
Rejection is part of the process
The more you get rejected, the better you and your work will be. It’s not personal, it’s just business. Creative people are constantly told “no”—but rejection isn't failure, it's part of the process that leads to success! A no can mean not right now. As a voice actor, it can mean that whatever you bring to the table isn't a match for the specs. You can't please everyone, but you can please yourself if you keep going and never give up on your dreams.
Fear is a powerful emotion and it can be used as a tool for creativity. Fear of failure has kept many people from pursuing their dreams..but don't let it be the thing that holds you back.
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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.