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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Finding a New You in 2016

In just a matter of days, we’ll bid farewell to 2015. Hard to believe, huh? With 2016 just around the corner, you may be thinking of New Year’s resolutions and goals that you want to accomplish in the next year. But what if you’re stuck in a voice over rut? What if 2015 was not a great year for you, and you want to turn that around in 2016? If this sounds like you, it may be time to reinvent yourself as a voice over actor - and even if you don’t fit into this category, you can still benefit from the following tips for finding a new you.

Be Honest with Yourself
First things first, you need to get real with yourself. Think about your life and where you’re at right now, and reflect on how you’ve gotten there. What has worked for you and what hasn’t? What have you done to propel your career, and what has caused it to stagnate? Ask yourself these questions, and answer them honestly. Don’t be afraid to ask trusted loved ones and colleagues for their input as well, as sometimes the most honest answers come from outside.

Set Goals
Goals are the stepping stones to success; achieving them puts you one step closer to that fulfillment you’re after. If you don’t have clear goals, then you don’t have a clear direction of where you’re headed in your voice over career. Make 2016 the year that you decide exactly what you want to achieve, and what you’re going to do to get there. Your goals might include breaking into a new niche, or creating a home studio. Whatever they are, make sure they are realistic and align with your view of success.

Surround Yourself with the Right People
The people in our lives have an enormous impact on us, which is why it’s so important that we surround ourselves with positive people who bring out our best qualities. If you’ve got people in your life that are more of a negative force than a positive one, spend some time evaluating that relationship and deciding whether or not it’s worth it. It can be difficult to work toward your goals and embark on a reinvention of yourself when you cling to negativity. Negativity WILL bring you down. Nothing productive come from that place.

Commit to Making a Change
Change isn’t easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and effort and dedication, and if you’re going to do it, you have to commit 110% to it. This means keeping your head in the game, so to speak, at all times. There will likely be setbacks along the way, but if you are truly committed, you can reinvent yourself and become the artist you want to be.

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