Running your own VO business is a lot like running any other business. There are lots of great days, but there are some real down days as well. Dealing with the stress isn't always the easiest thing to do, but there are ways around it. Here are a few of the ones I've found most helpful.
· Look Toward The Positives: It takes an optimistic person to run any kind of business, and the world of VO is little different. Often stress can make you frustrated with absolutely every part of the process, but the reality is that people are typically stressed about just one or two aspects of the business. Do some brainstorming about what's going well, then put that list in your office where you handle most of your work. Your perspective will change about things pretty quickly.
· Create a Clean Workspace: American philosopher Wayne Dwyer has often said that you can tell more about a person's state of mind by their local environments (their offices, their cars, their homes) than anything else. This is absolutely true. If you're overwhelmed, creating some type of order in your office or workspace is the best way to handle the stress.
· Decide What You Can Actually Tackle: Understanding what you can do in a reasonable timeframe is a must. It may mean outsourcing certain parts of your work, but if you let someone else handle your bookings or bring an accountant into the mix because you hate dealing with the finances, you're far more likely to be happy with what you're doing.
Stress is a very normal part of VO work, but dealing with it in a healthy manner is a must.