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3 Must-Read ‘Mindset’ Books for Voiceover

Hey, there!

Trev here — VO2GoGo instructor for the monthly intensives in Hollywood.

Today, I’d like to share 3 “mindset” books that have informed and shaped my approach to creative work in huge ways. Books full of lessons, tools, and new language to wrap around age-old concepts. Books that bring clarity to that often foggy intersection of creativity and business—especially voiceover.

Each of these dive deep into creative work in different ways. But together, they offer a comprehensive roadmap for navigating some of the harder-to-define aspects of creative careers—especially when it comes to concepts like rituals and routines, marketing, and practice.

So let’s get to it.

The War of Art by Steven Pressefield // Amazon

A kick-in-the-pants creative battle cry and philosophical guidebook. For me, finally having language to wrap around the creative process — like the difference between Amateurs and Professionals, and battling Resistance—changed everything.

Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon // Amazon

A fantastic guide on how to find and build your creative tribe, how to create meaningful relationships, and how market yourself without turning into human spam. I also love Austin’s first book, Steal Like An Artist, and his weekly newsletter.

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson // Amazon

This book is all about the small, seemingly insignificant choices we make every day, and how they compound over time, eventually becoming our destiny. As Jeff says, it’s the little things that make all the difference—those seemingly inconsequential choices we make every day that are both easy to do… and easy not to do.

So there they are: 3 mindset books that can help shape and inform your voiceover career. I hope you enjoy and benefit from them as much as I have.

What ‘mindset’ creativity and business books would you recommend for voiceover artists? Feel free to share in the comments.

Trev

10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Having a well-produced demo is one of the most important things in the VO business. I had a number of demos made from other producers in the past and they all had one thing in common — that manufactured, cookie cutter sound!
    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    David

    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    David,
    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!
    Shirley

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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