There’s nothing more exciting to me than to talk about storytelling, and how important it is to your VO career to develop and hone your storytelling skills.
So, every so often, I like to roll out items from this list from Emma Coats, who used to work at Pixar as a story artist, and who serially tweeted Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling.
I’m giving you one of these rules every so often as we move through the next several months, along with how you can apply the rule to your VO artistry.
Today, Rule 8…
Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.
This is especially important to the art of auditioning.
I see so many of my students and clients laboring over insane numbers of takes, slicing and dicing and spending far too much time coming up with the “perfect take.”
Don’t do that.
Get really good at doing your auditions in one or two takes, at most.
Do your best to quickly triage your choices, then voice the ones that best suit your brand and are filled with appropriate heat.
And then send it in.
And move on.
I don’t want you letting the artist in you completely exclude the producer/businessperson in you. I don’t want you getting tired of being a VO talent.
I don’t want you suffering from “audition fatigue.”
Strive for excellence. But don’t let it kill you.
How to get unstuck.
I’ll share that with you next time.