Dee Bradley Baker's "All to Know About Going Pro in V.O."

The One Question to Ask Yourself

Judging by comments, the top concern of aspiring voice actors is how to get an audition. But there is a better question to focus on.

Aspiring voice actors constantly ask:

How can I get an agent?

How can I get an audition?

How can I get a gig?

Where do I get a demo?

Important questions, but before we answer them, I have a better one:

How am I getting better?

What have I done today to get better at voice acting?

What have I done this week to get better at voice acting?

What am I doing to get better at this?

Can you answer these with a tangible list of positive actions? Or are you idling?

What is the pattern of your daily efforts towards your goal of becoming a voice actor?

That’s where I would want your main focus, not just as a beginner but as your career establishes. You should never stop considering this question before all others.

Because if you aren’t persistently working at improving your skills, your art and your game, you won’t progress as quickly in your ascent. You also won’t find as much interest from a casting agent, producer or agent.

Those that focus on the easy stuff- networking, marketing, getting a lucky break or a hand out- they won‘t progress as those who focus on the craft of their business.

No matter how far along you are, a steady growth of your skills and artistic capacity always serves to draw opportunity your way.

What am I doing to get better?”

That should be the key question, your focus, your priority. This should be true of anyone aspiring to be a creative professional. If this is your primary concern, the pieces of the puzzle will more rapidly fall into place.

The good news is, you don’t have to wait for someone else or some external event that will allow this or give you the sign off that it’s okay to proceed. Anyone can choose to work at getting better, even on your own.

Even if you’re stuck at home or isolated, there are things you can do everyday. (See my “Stuck at Home? Do This:” page.) And if you are further along as an actor, there are also always things to work on. (See my “I’m Ready to Voice Act. What Do I Do Now,” page).

You don’t have to be great (yet). You do need to be dedicated to your growth.

Don’t get hung up on comparing yourself to others. What’s important is that you are steadily working at improving your abilities and confidence. Daily.

This is what creative professionals do. They dedicate themselves to perpetually getting better. This is how they get traction and how they continue to thrive. They are dedicated to their creative growth. That is the power that draws opportunity, attention and ultimately, work.

If you are someone who constantly asks yourself, “What am I doing to get better at this?” before you concern yourself with, “How do I get a demo, an agent, an audition or a job?,” you’ll find that opportunity and progress will more readily find you.

The key to the progress you seek is to prioritize your efforts at getting better.

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