Woman in fencing clothesWas it a crime for Christopher Marlowe to have written plays at the same time as William Shakespeare?

Should political candidates stop campaigning because someone else with similar hopes and objectives is running for office?
Would it make sense for a production company to cease creating films because there are other companies that are also making films?

Rivalries have existed throughout history and are still part of our lives today. Working in the same space as someone else may be challenging but it doesn’t mean that you won’t succeed… you just have to be more agile, unique and clearly positioned.
How can you step out from the crowd and leave the notion of competition behind you? Find out in today’s VOX Daily.

Is There Room Enough?

When you’re in business you’ll always have competitors of some kind and share the space with other people who are providing the same service to prospective customers in need of what you offer.
From my vantage point, there is room enough for all of us to use our gifts and achieve success relative to the effort put into achieving our goals.
While competition can be an issue, let it be noted that competition can also be a healthy thing.

Competition Can Help To:

  • Validate your business
  • Raise your game
  • Challenge yourself

Competition Can Inspire You To:

  • Solidify your brand
  • Differentiate your offerings
  • Become more targeted in your efforts

Perceiving Competition

Competition, be it friendly or otherwise, affects everyone but the good news is is that you can shape the way you personally are affected by competition.
You could either feel threatened or you could thrive and carve out your own niche.
You could resent your competitors or you could celebrate your differences and marvel at the fact that each of you are valued and recognized for what you do best.

Be careful not to place too much emphasis on competing with other voice actors. Oftentimes you’re competing against the clock, clunky or overly chunky copy writing, challenging character roles and the pursuit of that perfect take.
Voice acting is subjective and requires a great deal of confidence. You may find that the person you’re competing with most often is the man (or woman) in the mirror. Build yourself up with affirming words and give yourself a pat on the back here and there. You’re doing the best you can do!

What Do You Think?

Is competition a healthy thing when perceived in an encouraging light? How do you see it?
Looking forward to hearing from you,
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  1. “A rising tide raises all boats.” Everyone benefits from competition, though I can’t view others of a similar type or style as competitors. I’m only in competition with myself… to improve, do my best work and differentiate myself.
    An analogy to Billboard’s charts: In any given week – in any given category – there’ll only be one #1. But if #’s 2, 3, 4 or 5 sell a few hundred thousand each (a stretch these days), how bad is that? ‘#1 with a bullet’ is sexy but the rest are happily working and probably not feeling competitive to other artists, short, perhaps, of ranking.

  2. Bingo!
    You got it Stephanie. Competition is a GOOD thing. It keeps all of us having to stay at the top of our game, instead of becoming complacent.
    Competition does not have to come between friends. I have many friends in this business against whom I compete on a daily basis. If they were to call me for help on anything–I’d be there. And I know they’d be there for me.

  3. Yup. Ditto that.
    Competition is what sparks my creative flames…and asks the question: HOW can I be different from the pack?
    We all have our own, distinct sound & style…and I’m a firm believer in “THERES ROOM FOR US ALL.”
    Competition? Perhaps…but a brother/sisterhood in our industry like no other. There’s no one else I’d rather be ‘competing’ with, than the incredible voice people I’ve come to know over the past few years!


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