I’m often approached by talent new to voice over and on-camera acting, and they’ve already decided what they need for success. They try to begin their journey by taking care of two crucial accomplishments. The problem is they shouldn’t be trying to do either until they “make their unknown known.” Here’s what they shouldn’t be trying to do.
As artists we’re usually pretty good at playing rather than planning, but sometimes we lose sight of the benefits of being able to adjust, to switch gears, to explore and to do what we all should have a firm grasp on – improv:
A friend of mine shared with me a Persian proverb some 30 years ago, and I’ve never forgotten it: “Go wake up your luck.” And I’ve rarely found any proverb as useful or as true:
There’s a lot to be said for terrific preparation, a highly productive team, a detailed plan, the precise execution of that plan, and structured strategy and tactics that lead to awesome research and then to applying that research to solving problems. But is that really how problems are usually solved? Is that how breakthroughs occur?
I had someone write me recently, telling me that for four years she was trying to find a coupon to get a discount on my classes. There was some site where she found one, which was fake, and she wrote me asking why it didn’t work.
All that time wasted on the price, and no opportunity to take advantage of the value. Here’s how to avoid making that same mistake.
Short and sweet today…I want to talk about the fear of failure. And so, let’s.
And not just the fear of failure itself, and the emotions failure can generate, but also what to think about failure instead, and the value it can provide. Hopefully, I can give you an alternative value for the failures we face in life.
Hey there. I’m sad. And a bit upset.
You may have seen that, during a live newscast last Friday, Rochester weatherman Jeremy Kappell, of NBC affiliate News10NBC WHEC, was describing the how it had looked outside at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, voicing over a live video shot of the park itself.
When he said the park’s name, Kappell made a mistake, transposing two sounds in the name, creating, unfortunately, another word that is an all-too-familiar racial slur. “It looks gray at “Martin Luther coon…King…Jr. Park,” Kappell said.
Three days later, it was announced that Kappell had been fired.
I believe that this is absolutely uncalled for, and that he is unfairly being made to pay for a simple, and easily explained human error in live performance. And I’m sad for Jeremy, a fellow on-air talent and 20 year broadcast veteran. He deserves so much better. Here’s why: