Recently, I received this message as a comment on the entry A plan to break into voice-over:
Karen,I can not tell you how thankful I am for your blog, and your selfless giving of voice over artistry information.I am at turning point in my life and realize I’ve been working 20 years in a industry I have NO PASSION FOR! In thinking, “how do I change this?”, I remembered the excitement I felt when asked to record automated attendant messages twice in my career. I’ve always been told I have a good voice and can’t wait to become a part of the community.I know a lot of hard work will be involved but one day I hope to be successful and pass on my knowledge just as you.You are wonderful,God Bless,Veronica
- “I’d be happy if only I had more space.”
- “I’m tired of this neighborhood.”
- “I have no passion for my job or industry.”
- “I’d be happy if only I made more money.”
- “I want to be in love again.”
- “I’d be happy if someone paid attention to me.”
- “You don’t bring me flowers. You don’t sing me love songs.”
- What was it about recording the phone messages that you liked?
- Why did it matter to you?
- Did you like knowing you were helping people?
- Did you feel important or special to be asked to record the messages?
- Did you get a buzz knowing that people would be hearing your voice when they called the number?
Her touchstone might have something to do with becoming wealthy. If that’s the case, she will feel discouraged to read fellow voice talent J. S. Gilbert’s thoughtful, in-depth analysis of the annual salary review in Parade magazine. Gilbert notes that a voice talent profiled in the review had the lowest income of any of the respondents. He also mentions that his article may extinguish the flames of passion.