What happens if you don’t believe in your own voice?
Will anyone else?
Find out what a couple of industry professionals have said about this here on VOX Daily.
What Happens If You Don’t Believe In Your Own Voice?
Moments ago, I received a contribution to the VOX Talk podcast from a mystery announcer (you’ll have to wait until the show comes out!) that poses these questions:
1. Are there other voice talents who don’t believe in their own voices while at the mic?
2. Could the fact that I have doubts mean that others will not believe what I’m saying?
I replied that yes, there are people who do not feel comfortable in front of the mic in the early stages of their career, and also, if you don’t believe in yourself, it will certainly be harder to convince anyone else to do so.
Devote Yourself to the Service of the Words
One of the greatest voice over talents and my friend, the late Don LaFontaine, once said:
“If you are going to be successful, you have to have veracity and honesty – if you can fake that, you’ve got it made. Your heart needs to be fully behind what you read. Devote yourself to the service of words and you’re halfway there.”
When asked what the other half was, he would simply say, “Wait until I die”. With his passing in 2008, you can now take his advice in full and run with it.
The bit about faking it was said slightly as a joke, and as you see when you read on, Don encourages you to put your heart completely in the service of the words to be convincing and truly authentic.
Sometimes it’s hard to take the first step on your own and guidance is appreciated if not a necessity. If you haven’t read Rodney Saulsberry’s Step Up to the Mic, I strongly recommend that you do. Rodney’s words will lift you up and help you to recognize your potential as a voice over artist, even if you’ve been around the block and have a healthy client list.
Once you believe in yourself, you’ve got to become empowered and self-motivated. For a quick dose of advice in this direction, be sure to listen to Nancy Wolfson’s podcast on Voice Over Experts called “I Am Enough”.
While you’re inspired, here are 5 more excellent podcasts that will help you to navigate these waters as you prepare to believe in yourself, find your voice and get work:
Marc Cashman’s Finding the Music in Copy
Cynthia SongÃ©’s Debating the Signature Voice
Gary Terzza’s 5 Tips for Getting Voice Over Work
Pat Fraley’s The Almighty Playback
Joan Baker and Rudy Gaskin’s The Myth of Rejection
Those are just 5 out of 75 podcasts available to you for free through the Voice Over Experts podcast series that at Voices.com. Listen to Voice Over Experts and VOX Talk (58 episodes thus far) in our podcasting center.
Do You Believe In Your Own Voice?
If so, I’d love it if you could share how you came to believe in yourself. If not, you’re welcome to include your thoughts as a comment and find encouragement through the experiences of others.