I received an message today asking for some thoughts about networking and getting “out there” in voiceover work. Here are my thoughts, distilled into a couple of paragraphs.
Honestly I really don’t network. I know it may look like I do, but all I’m doing is making friends. Sometimes that’s online, sometimes it’s in person. Just make friends and don’t worry about whether you’re doing the “networking” thing.
As for getting out there, all I’ve done is take the opportunities that I’ve found. Not even all of them. I’ve missed some important ones along the way, but those that I have taken have been done to the best of my ability.
The perspectives that have served me best are:
1. Voiceover work is a lot like farming. (I grew up on a farm in Minnesota.) You have to plant, tend and harvest. One (harvesting) follows the other (planting), but usually not immediately. It takes a lot of time, patience and effort to build a successful voiceover business.
2. I’m not really in the voiceover business. I’m in the problem-solving business. Most of the time the problems I solve have to do with my providing a voice for someone else, but not always. And it’s those “not always” situations that can make all the difference.
I hope there’s something here you can find useful.