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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What Happens When You Have a VO Dry Spell?

A dry spell in voice over is something that can happen to the best of us. This is an industry that can ebb and flow; some months you’re almost busier than you can handle, while other months you’re checking your email every 10 minutes to see if a new gig has come up. While it can be easy to fall into a “woe is me” funk and feel like the entire world is against you, don’t! There are a few things you can do to help turn a dry spell around, and it starts with having the right attitude.

Stay Positive
One of the worst things you can do when the work isn’t steady is to adopt a pessimistic attitude. Feeling sorry for yourself or angry that your colleagues are landing jobs and you aren’t will only exacerbate the issue. Negativity is like a cancer; it can take over quickly and flow into other areas of your life. Other people can also pick up on it, including potential clients. Take steps to change your mood, and when you have, you’re ready to for step 2.

Formulate a Plan
Once your frame of mind has improved, it’s time to have a realistic conversation with yourself. Ask yourself what steps you can take to change your course. What is one thing you can do each day to move forward instead of staying stuck in your rut. Maybe it’s getting back in touch with old contacts, revamping your website, or being more active on social media.

Take Action
Now that you’ve come up with some ideas for getting back on track, you need to act on them. Make sure you’re doing SOMETHING each day, even if you feel like it’s silly. Sometimes the best way to find yourself again is to start from the beginning. Doing things like enrolling in a class or attending a conference can give you a fresh perspective, and who knows who you’ll meet along the way. Read up on the VO industry through books, blogs, news articles, interviews, etc. and stay connected to the business. You'd be surprised what may fire you up and spark new positive ideas.

If - or I should say when - you find yourself in a dry spell, don’t let it take over. Recognize that it happens to just about everyone, and that it will pass. Take the steps above to help get yourself back in the game, and believe in yourself and your abilities.

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