I treated myself to an early Christmas present by purchasing Rodney Saulsberry’s book Step Up To The Mic. It was a present in more ways than one. Saulsberry is a well-established voice actor who attributes his success to a positive attitude. It’s the sort of uplifting book that I would have liked to have written.
A positive attitude is not just about thinking nice thoughts or being nice to people. As Saulsberry explains, a positive attitude encompasses all of your thoughts about yourself and your abilities in voice-over work. While The Secret brought the ideas of the Law of Attraction to the masses, it’s an age-old principle that, to quote Ralph Waldo Emerson,
We become what we think about all day long.
Chapter 8 is my favorite chapter in the book because Saulsberry presents “Empowerment Exercises”. I particularly enjoyed the affirmations on page 82-83, perhaps because I used one and was delighted when it came true!
One thing that I don’t recall seeing in this book is the firm advice to write down your goals although Saulsberry does mention the steps used in goal-setting. I am an advocate of writing down goals, especially after reading the book Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It by Henriette Klauser. Klauser wrote about dozens of examples of people writing their goals as a roadmap to their lives.
However, with multiple computers, journals, a smartphone and various scraps of paper in both the studio and office, it wasn’t always easy for me to remember my great ideas and plans. I had wonderful ideas for marketing my voice-over business, but I couldn’t find them.
After listening to David Bourgeois on the Voices.com Voice Experts podcast a few months ago, I decided to follow his method for creating a business plan. I bought a Moleskine notebook and tabbed it with headings about everything related to my voice-over business.
I currently have 10 sections in my voice-over planning book. If I see a promotional product that I want to send to people, I clip out the picture from the catalog and put it in the Marketing Ideas section. If I have an idea for a blog entry but don’t have time to write about it (as is so often the case), I make notes in the Blog Ideas section. I also have ideas for podcasts and e-books that I want to create. I carry the book with me everywhere and find myself constantly adding to it. Just looking at my voice-over journal makes me happy!
Given the books that I read and the one I am now writing in, it’s easy to maintain a joyful outlook and positive attitude about my voice-over career!