To have a successful voice-over actor career is to have the proper mindset. Of course, your skills and talent are important factors, however, your mind is a powerful tool. A growth mindset is more than positive and negative thinking. It's changing the way you think, your habits and behaviors.
What is Growth Mindset?
Having a growth mindset is the belief that learning and intelligence can grow with time and experience. When a person believes that they can become smarter and better, their efforts have an effect on their success, so they put in the extra time leading to higher achievement.
Your basic abilities are a starting point for your potential. Everything can be developed with effort, learning and persistence.
Don't see failures as proof that you are deficient, but as a lesson that will take you to the next level.
Steps to Take When Using the Skills of a Growth Mindset Develop Positive Habits
Your static beliefs will hold you back from making positive changes. You need to readjust your thinking that habits are not fixed and they can be changed. You can build a new skill, break a consistent habit that is not elevating you.
Acknowledge and Embrace Your Weaknesses
By changing the way in which you think your craft can improve drastically. You will have the openness to work on a new skill set for your voice over career. You can take your new way of thinking and expand your genre, your worklist.
Identify your weakness and then create habits that will improve it and help you tackle it. For example, if you want to establish yourself as an audiobook narrator but have not worked in that area, start by creating good habits for research, finding your niche, and before you know it, your weakness will be a strength.
Challenges are New Opportunities
Taking on challenges is part of development. It can be overwhelming but the more you challenge yourself and hone in on your craft, the more success you will gain. Venturing off the usual path will take your voice over career to a new level. You can work from your "root" voice and branch out from there.
Focus on the Process
As a voice-over actor you already understand focusing on the process. You've focused on the process to become a professional in the industry. It is important to learn the process and focus less on the results. You will get more out of the experience when you are in it. The results will come.
Set A New Goal Each Time You Accomplish One
You will never be completely finished with learning. There is always another goal to reach or more expanding to be done. Set goals for learning more in the voice-over industry, marketing yourself, gaining new clients, creating new character voices or just stretching the parameters within your root tone. With each goal a milestone will be reached and more clients and business and satisfaction for you.
Growth Mindset Will Get You More Work
Mind over matter is an old saying; however, it is true. A growth mindset will help you take your aim of success and lead you to develop it. When auditions you send get no responses, seek advice from voice over pros or additional training to improve a weakness. At the same time, realize those circumstances regarding auditions that you cannot change.
Over time, your career will have successes and failures, but each negative is an area to work on to turn it into a positive. You have the talent as a voice-over actor, with a positive mindset and working through the steps, you will make your career soar.