This is not an easy business to be in, for a number of reasons: pure randomness when it comes to auditioning and booking jobs, a constantly shifting landscape of opportunity and application of our skills, and something even bigger…
…facing the bad news, the failures, the mistakes and the frustrations, and doing so with an eye toward improvement and future success.
There’s only one safe way to do that. If you don’t do this for yourself, you’re in for more heartache than anyone should be made to suffer.
And if you do this for yourself, you can freely go about being a more effective master/mistress of your own journey.
Here’s what that one thing is that you need to create.
Hope this helps!
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David, how is it that I feel like you’re talking DIRECTLY to me? This video is a great reminder, but I have that “Midwestern Value” that keeps me humble. Self-depreciation is a way of life for me…
Fantastic!!! Thanks David. Perfect reminder not to be so down on myself…and celebrate the wins just a little bit more.
I realized, as I was about to listen to your video this morning, how grateful I am that I can count on these videos to be positive – sometimes informative, sometimes inspiring, but always meant to help and uplift. And that’s before I even listened to the content of this one. It’s like walking into the woods and getting a breath of fresh air before entering the sometimes smoke-filled rest of the day. I feel that you are a person who truly wants to help and make the world work better. (I just got an image of you as a little Norse god in charge of fixing things.)
Thank you for all you have done to make my VO practice better. Thank you for your joy in what you do.
And in answer to your question, yes I was taught, Don’t brag, which is nice, but that can become don’t brag to yourself. That does tend to make me minimize my accomplishments. Great idea to take a moment and joy in what I’ve done before rushing on to the next thing.
Great advice David! Very important for performers. Be kind to yourself and revel in your successes. Thanks for the video :)
Very affirming and caring, David. Thank you.