Many people aspire to become voice talents. Few take the time to understand their vision, what they aspire to become as a voice talent. No, this isn’t the part where I tell you sit down and write out an elaborate mission statement and plan of attack. This is where I tell you to take a moment, maybe close your eyes, and just think. Think of your ultimate goal as a voice talent. What is it you aspire to be? What is your niche? Who is in your network? What does your cash flow look like? How about your studio?
Why is this important? I’m glad you asked! Your vision is the big picture. Suppose I give you a puzzle with no picture to reference. Would you be able to put it together? Perhaps. Would you be able to do so as efficiently as if I were to give you a puzzle with a picture? Probably not. Your vision is the picture and your day to day activities are the puzzle pieces. The great news is that you get to decide what the picture looks like. The sooner you decide and write it down, the sooner you can prioritize your daily actions, your puzzle pieces, and make your vision your reality.
This is a competitive industry and to succeed you must keep your edge. You must continue to grow, to challenge yourself and to strive. Your vision is your edge and it has the power to propel you forward. You choose whether you will move forward or in circles!
Thanks for the insight Terry. Once again another great tip. Some things to definitely need to think through.
Good stuff. Thanks Terry. This is where I have struggled. I’d like to think that I have finally taken that step to focus on my strengths and move forward in the direction which most suits my abilities. Kudos.
As a newbie, I really appreciate the tip. Thank you.
Great advice Terry! This is the perfect time of year to evaluate or re-evaluate where you are in this industry and what it is going to take to go to the next level. The top notch professionals never stop learning and growing, and as you said, we must all strive to keep our edge. Thanks again.
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Greetings Mr. Terry, really enjoyed your comments about vision. It’s been said without the vision, and looking over the obstacles we will perish, the ambition dies off. Very thankful for these reminders. Continued best wishes in your endeavors, and look forward to having you work with me in the near future. Dave
Brilliant stuff, incisive and inspired. To move forward you need a direction and that direction is determined but what really sets your heart and soul on fire. With a real focus, a true centred desire the way ahead for anyone is assured. What you want and what you think you want are two different things.
Great analogy, Terry! Great advice, as well. Thanks for the thought provoking words of wisdom!
it is always good to be reminded.
the word of God says : My people perish for lack of vision and it also says to write vision down.
I like what you said about the niche’, and for me when I started training it was like this big open field that as I have walked thru it and cut some paths things are coming into focus. Thanks again
Good words Terry and with your help I think we are finding our goals and niche(s). Victoria is right, it is just a big open field and without vision and focus we can wander aimlessly.
Thanks for the tip. It makes sense. The most important part of any journey is the first step and your vision of where you are going is that first step.
That’s funny that you write this article, because for as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a Voice on some Animated Motion Picture.
Now that I’m Older that vision hasn’t changed, but now I really would like to do Motion Picture Promo voice Overs as well. It’s acting behind the scenes!! I love it!
This coming from a guy with a scratched cornea??? The better question is do YOU have vision back at 100%? Great topic as usual~
Vision..goals…all very important. Write down your goals/vision in a journal no matter how grandiose they may be.. Make lists of things/people (puzzle pieces) that need to happen to attain these goals and check this list every day. I have found that no goal, vision or dream is to great too imagine having. Building a firm foundation will enable your goal/vision “tower” to be built without falling. This is the “edge” Terry is talking about. A foundation built on sand is destined for failure.
Although, I am a bit rusty in the vocal department, I may have to polish up on my pitch. This is a great topic.