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

No Matter What

Inspite of it all, always bet on yourself and keep going.

To forge a life that is your own, to arrive at a career that fulfills you, start with teasing out what compels you and follow that. When you find a goal or purpose that is truly yours, when it is something you not only want to do but have to do, you move on it. You also tend to answer inevitable doubt and discouragement with persistence.

It takes clarity and guts to stand by your aspirations and push to make them real.

How do you find this? Search yourself and experiment by trying.

Look for goals that aren’t merely idle fantasy. A goal must call from within, an inner voice strong enough to pull you forward into action. It is not only something you are curious about or able to do, it is something you have to do.

Ultimately, you must be driven to act by something that chooses you as much as you choose it. You start with exploring, with dipping in your toes, trying and discarding.

Frame your sense of success not by achievement but by the process of finding and trying. That alone is victory enough. Even a dead end is gained ground, so long as you leave it after finding it.

The goods news is, you don’t need anyone’s permission, no checkered flag to signal your start. You will never find a more lynchpin advocate and mover of your potential than yourself.

Throughout it all, you must be the rock when the rest of the world is the rushing water -the force of resolve that relentless adversity only serves to polish.

Many dread stepping out and trying. Their journey is over before it begins. They fear losing by betting on themselves. They hesitate to gamble on their talent by investing in a class or auditioning for a show or even moving to a city with a deeper pool of talent to compete with and learn from.

But the only way to “lose” is to not try, to hold back and shrink from even taking a step.

Many express fear of even trying acting or voice acting. If you are right for acting, you swallow your anxiety and fear and step onto the stage and allow the audience to respond to your vulnerable courage as they will. Night after night after night.

Each step you attempt can be meaningful, no matter how small or awkward. Even the tiniest change to a long-distant flight’s navigation will land you in a different city or country!

Whether it‘s plunking down some dough for an audition, a class, audio equipment, or a new city of residence, each is a wager you make on yourself- to win another step forward into a life that is yours.

As you learn and advance, you will get used to the discomfort of betting on yourself. You’ll learn to embrace your value and your growing competency and artistry. It may feel a big risk at first, but it is simple. If doing this is you, you will do it.

There are always disheartening obstacles and stumbles as you find your footing in a performer’s career, but all stages of a career present that- even when you’ve “made it.” All lives face an off and on hard climb, no matter the outward appearance of success.

You are never clear of challenges, nor would you want to be. Each stumble offers instruction, strengthening resistance that advances your progress. A pro embraces the inevitability of effort.

You may in fact grow to welcome regularly dancing on logs.

If your career is a gamble, you must see yourself as a bet worth making. If you don’t, nobody will.

If you are right for voice acting (or wherever your curiosity draws you), you step into it because you must. Challenge and risk shouldn‘t turn you away. They only sharpen your interest and steel your resolve.

You not only want to do this, you have to do this. Fearlessly, even if sometimes afraid.

You step up and place that bet.

That is what it takes.

4 Responses »

  1. Oh man. I feel like you wrote this for me. Thank you.

  2. Felt this one in my bones. My parents invested in me today to get my own equipment so I can record my demo reel and start my career from home. Moving next year nearer to London to be where the auditions and projects are. Set the ‘Stuck at Home?’ page as my home page. Can’t thank you enough for all your insight and support, Dee. Mel Blanc paved the way and you’re doing the same for us all.

  3. Thank you so much, Dee. The pandemic has gotten me down, so I needed this. Thank you for the whole website, actually; it’s taught me that I shouldn’t be so quick to rush into things and that no matter how polished I become, I can always learn something. I’m not quite ready to start my career, but I feel that your website will help me at every stage in my career.

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