Want To Grow? Don’t Go It Alone.

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Many of the skills we learn are those that try to help us become self-sufficient. To be able to handle challenges by ourselves. To say “I’m self-made.” Somehow, that’s become a badge of honor.

I’m here to tell you that it’s fun in the beginning, but you’ll never get where you want to go by shutting yourself away from others. And the only way to move forward past your own level of expertise is to do some awesome team-building.

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Five Ways To Have An Excellent Coffee Date With Me

Five Ways To Have A Crappy Coffee Date With Me

Taking Advantage Of The Wisdom Of The Tribe

How To Be A World Class Complainer

The False Nobility Of The Struggle

Watch Out – The Rules Are Going To Change

“Show Me The Secret, Daddy!”

Coaching vs Consulting vs Facilitating

The Perils of Live Performance And Why Jeremy Kappell Should Not Have Been Fired

Let’s Welcome To The Stage…Failure!

Don’t Confuse Price With Value

Whiteboards In The Hallways

Go Wake Up Your Luck

Playing and Planning

The Two Things Most Talent Try to Accomplish Way Too Soon

10,000 Hours To Become Good At Something? Not Really.

The Curse of Knowledge

The Trick Charlie Munger Uses To Make Better Decisions

Everyone’s A Customer, Not Just Your Customers

“What do you mean, you’re a ‘process guy’?”

Pay Attention To Your Storytelling, Not Removing Your Breaths

How To Conquer FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)

The Problem In Every Commercial Script

The Job In Every Commercial Script

The Secret In Every Commercial Script

How To Pick Your Stage Name

Voice Over Is REALLY Hard. Until It Isn’t.

Helping Make Resolutions Stick

ACX Jobs: They’re ALL SAG-AFTRA-Friendly

Non-Union? You Can Still Open An AFTRA H&R Account. What?

Who Says You Need To “Feel Like It?”

Are You Engaged?

Your Day Job Might Just Be Worth Keeping For A Bit Longer

Want To Learn Something Really Well? Teach It To Others

Don’t Confuse What Works With What You Like

The Lost Keys And The Microphone In My Elevator

My Insane Backup System Plus Two Helpful Tips

What Open Loops Are And Why They Work So Well

Two More Things For Which You Can Use Open Loops

Three Things Not To Say Or Do…When Trying To Learn Something New

Front Burner and Back Burner Project Management

How To Properly List The Accents and Dialects You Perform

My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 1)

My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 2)

A Simple, One-Word Decision-Making Question To Ask Yourself

Ready, Shoot…Aim

How You Can Use The MVP Model As A Performer

How Lazy Can You Be?

Avoid The Struggle Porn

The Robocall Equivalent Of Unsubscribe

Saying Goodbye To A “Failure”

Making Your Links Irresistible

HTTPS Is Not Just For Banks – It’s For You

The Threat That Made Me Create a New Page For LAME

The Resource You Must Guard Most Carefully

How New Media Is Using The Oldest Ad Model Ever

“You Could Be Hit By A Bus!”

Killing Customers With Kindness

I Found Out What She Was Podcasting About

How I Answered’s Inquiry

Turning Mountains Into Molehills

Motivation: Your Three Big Needs In A Cool Little Package

Go Ahead. Multitask. But Try It Like This.

The Prodigy Game Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment

I Don’t Want To Go Blind

What Fair Markets Are, And Why Isn’t One

Trevor’s Three A’s From Apple On Killing Customers With Kindness

Getting Ready vs. Getting Started

You’ll Never Believe Who Got Rejected By Harvard

There Is No Failure, Only Feedback

Who Is Your Most Dangerous Adversary?

73 Videos In, My First Hater Appears

If You’re The Smartest Person In The Room, Do This ASAP

Your Glasses And Crucial Laptop Positioning Info

One More Insanely Over-engineered Piece Of Gear: My UPS

The Crazy Backward Way IKEA Prices Their Stuff Complained To YouTube That I Violated Their Privacy

The Gig Economy: RIP?

For Your Health: Not Perfect. Just Better.

Celebrate Your Isolation!

Mr. Wonderful Is Actually More Wonderful Than I Thought

Let’s Finally Close The Digital Literacy Gender Gap

The Guaranteed Way To Completely Avoid Criticism

The Two Things People Judge About You Within Seconds

Prioritizing…Nashville Style

Are You Committed? Or Just…Interested?

Audible Retail Samples: Why They Suck And Why It Doesn’t Really Matter

How To Voice Copy That’s Set In Italics

Dyslexia, And The Palindromic Poem. The Wha?

Increase Your Chances Of Being Seen And Heard On Facebook

Jamie Has Some Thoughts About Fiverr

Is Simply Discouraging Distracted Driving Enough?

“Young People Are Just Smarter.”

The Real Purpose Of The “Can You Hear Me?” Phone Scam

Beware Of Overkill

Laying Down The Perfect Slate

An AMA Preview: The Word “Ethnic” – A Slur, Or An Essential Adjective?

10 Rules of Profitable Self Discipline from Napoleon Hill

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 1)

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 2)

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 3)

AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 4)

AMA Answers Part 5 Plus A Medical Warning

Last AMA Answers (#6): Gear, Services and Success

A 7-Word Reminder: “Don’t correct people when it matters little.”

Do You Have A Plan? And Is It The Right One?

What’s Your Next Big Move? Are You Ready?

Build Your Future On Your Own Platform, Not Someone Else’s

I’m Leaving Facebook: Why Groups and FB Live No Longer Spark Joy

Time To Accept That I’ve Failed At Something – Happily

Crowdfunding Without The Internet: Pulitzer And The Statue Of Liberty

The Amazing Power Of Recognition And Badging

Might We Have A Possible Cause For Alzheimer’s?

Why Podcasting And Radio Are Out Of Whack

Value Enthusiasm, But Value Persistence More

Ten Ways To Make Money With Podcasts Besides Ads

One Quick Question To Find Out How Important Something Actually Is

The Workflow For Producing These Videos (So Far) Part 1

Why Not Wade? And…Why Not You?

Audiobook Narrators: How Paymasters Work, And The One I Recommend

Why Gen Z And Millennials’ Love For Audiobooks Is Crucial

American Idol: It’s All About Story, Not Just Singing

Less Beating Yourself Up, More Talking Yourself Up

Resist Oversharing. Instead, Start A Dialogue.

Vocal Care: It’s All About What Works For You

3 Biases You Should Be Aware Of

3 More Biases You Should Also Be Aware Of

Wow. People Really Grokked Biases. Let’s Tackle Fallacies.

Three More Fallacies You Need To Watch For

What’s Your Imprint?

Fallacy Follies, Volume 3

Two Last Big Creativity-Crippling Fallacies

Fail Sooner To Succeed Sooner

A New Lead Source For Performers: Voice Assistants And Smart Speakers

A Great Way To Handle Trolls and Haters

Quantity Does Not Usually Equal Quality

Is Facebook Truly A Monopoly? No More Than Microsoft Was.

Fear Of The Unknown, Or The Day Before My Surgery

A Strange Aspect To Performing That Should Be Cause For Protest, But Isn’t

Want To Grow? Don’t Go It Alone.

How Am I Doing? I’m Gobsmacked. That’s How Am I Doing.

Why I Give My Agents 10% Of Everything

Not Just Explainer Videos, But Video That Explain Things Spectacularly

Mental Floss To The Rescue: Skills You Can Pick Up On YouTube

What’s Better Than Willpower? Grit.

Regarding Apple’s App Store: Be Careful What You Wish For, Pepper

Of COURSE You Wonder What Porter’s Five Forces Are. Who Doesn’t?

Don’t Waste Your Time: Talk Shows Aren’t Meant To Be Fair

Sooner Or Later, I’m Really Going To Tick You Off

Just Because You Can Do Something Doesn’t Mean You Should

Wait, What? Audacity Records In The Background?!

Enjoy Your First Booking. Pay Close Attention To The Next Three.

Pattern Interruption And The Musicality Of Voice Over

Do You Still Have A Landline? Is It POTS? Wait, What’s POTS?

Increase Your VO Accuracy, And You’ll Increase Your VO Profits

Age Range Isn’t Really A Valid Metric For VO

What Is The Overton Window?

How To Stop Jealousy From Killing Your Progress

Even The Bible (And Game Of Thrones) Has One-Star Reviews

How Much Is Enough To Make Per Hour?

With Royalty Share Plus, ACX Makes Hybrid Stipends Official

Wait, Vices Can Be Good For Your Health?

What A Lovely Thing To Discover: Praise From CourVO

I Figured Out What I Provide: The Onboarding Performers Don’t Get

You Don’t Need Permission To Care Or Contribute

It’s Not Just You. It’s The Superstars, Too.

Do You Sometimes Think Irrationally? Maybe. Here’s How To Stop It.

The Struggle Of Announcer-y Versus Non-Announcer-y Voice Over

How My VAs Support Me And My Team

What Exactly Is “The Cloud?”

The Often “Most Difficult” Concept I Teach

Please Unsubscribe From This List. But Don’t Do This One Destructive, Lazy Thing.

Don’t Mistake The Joy Of Knowing For The Joy Of Doing

Why Giving Yourself Some Simple Homework Can Be Life-Changing

One Weird Trick I Do That Makes My Note-Taking Superhuman

The Worst Thing About The Biggest Money-Making Entertainment Category

What Can We Grab From A Schedule This Strict?

Get Better At Executing Today’s Plan By Starting Last Night

How To Create Useful, Organized Audition File Names

Where To Find Related PDFs For Audiobooks on Audible

I’m Halfway Finished. What Have You Valued Most? What Can I Do Better?

Our Digital Attention Span Is Incredibly Brief

“Serves You Right!” She Actually Has No Idea How Right.

Create A Safe Environment For Self-Improvement

Why I Use One Single Channel For Crucial Communication

The Even Cheaper AT-2020 USB Plus Microphone?

Fred Willard (and Billy West) On Quickly Creating Authentic VO Characters

Leo Makes Your Searching Spectacular

On Asking For Things Performers Can’t Do

How To Battle The Urge of “Efficiency”

One More Best-Of-Breed Way To Brilliantly Complain

Changing Audacity’s Sampling Rate To 48,000 Hz

10 Words Of Encouragement When You’re Stuck

Seek/Give Mentorship That’s Appropriate To The Journey

Two Cases Where You Might Not Want To Simply “Follow Your Passion”

Having Fun With Headphone Volume

Please Stop Rushing To Perform

Something To Consider: Everyone’s Internal Menu

One Crazy Key To Creativity: Pure, Unadulterated Boredom

For The Sheer Joy Of It

The Most Commonly Consumed Media Is…!

What’s Dangerous For Us To Care About

Please, Clever Copywriters…Stop Using This Term

Wait, Wait…What? They Actually Listened?!

Why You Should Take The Same Classes Twice

How Your Character’s Menu Informs Your Performance Choices

What Shouldn’t Be Your Metric For VO Success

Someone Awesome Who’s Also Rising To A 365-Day Challenge

Union Or Not, Start With Union Rates

O. M. G. Look What Matt Zurbo Did!

So Where Will That Huge Facebook Fine End Up?

The Root Words of “Typecast”

Avoid That One Obvious “That Worked” Sound We Make

Why Union Members Can Audition For Non-Union Work

200 Auditions. 1 Booking. A Ghost. Really?

I Can’t Do One Thing I’m Asked To Do Every Single Day

One Of Your Secret Weapons: Agility

Do Networking Events Make You Anxious? Let’s Fix That.

Project X Is Just About Ready. I’m A Bit Giddy.

The Difference Between Mansplaining and Advice?

Too Late, Melissa. You Already Are.

Help Me Solve A Lovely Mystery!

Speeding Up The Playback On The Audible App

Why Those Other Casting Sites Usually Aren’t Worth It

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hey there it’s David H Lawrence the 17th
and today I want to talk to you about
independence versus dependence versus
cooperation versus team-building all of
that kind of wrapped up in one we often
are exposed to articles YouTube videos
pieces of media that attempt to give us
skills that make us more competent all
by ourselves we don’t have to rely on
anybody we don’t need anybody we don’t
need any support we don’t need any
outside influence we can do this all by
ourselves and there’s something to be
said for being able to be independent
there’s something to be said for being
able to solve problems on your own and
able to survive on your own and able to
cope with emergencies on your own
especially when you’re on your own when
you’re by yourself when you’re looking
at ways to increase your ability to be
successful and your growth as a
performer as an entrepreneur as a brand
maybe you’ve created a business I can
guarantee you that you will reach a
certain point where you can’t grow any
more or at least any faster if you don’t
start to include other people and those
other people don’t mean you have to hire
a team that’s one way of doing it right
but getting involved with peers just
discussing what you’re doing with peers
mentors people that have been where you
are have gone on to other things can
share with you some of their successes
and some of their challenges and how
they solve those challenges coaches and
teachers and yes staff interns I can
tell you that when I was growing my
business it didn’t get any bigger until
I started to add other coaches a virtual
now have to I now have five coaches
other than me I have to tech people
actually three tech people and I
wouldn’t have been able to build my
businesses without those other people
and the thing is when you plan for
things it’s always so much fun to bounce
those ideas off of other people we’re
about to do a huge reboot of my company
this year and sharing those ideas with
my team has been really really rewarding
networking is a skill building
relationships is a skill that is really
valuable it’s not only valuable in terms
of other people having input and and
assisting you with moving forward but
just in terms of creating relationships
in all areas vendors and customers and
suppliers and team members and advisers
and so on
building skills being in a class with
somebody as opposed to being in a class
by yourself I always tell people when we
launch vo to go go every year find
somebody to go through this with you
because it’s always better to talk about
these things bounce things off of other
people than it is to just sort of sit
there in isolation and hope to hell that
you’re getting it right that you’re
getting what you need right execution
reworking when something isn’t working
even celebration is a lot more fun when
there are other people involved you know
what I mean
I remember the first big win that I had
when it was just me you know I think I
went over to Gordon Biersch and I don’t
drink beer I grabbed a glass of wine and
I sat there and I thought huh this just
might work you know but I noted how it
was kind of lonely it was kind of like
you know I’m the only one that knows
about this right so it’s become a lot
more fun now that I’ve added people in
my life and added people to my crew and
added a lot more clients and you know so
the whole idea is don’t try to stick it
out by yourself if that’s all you’ve got
I understand
but if you really want to start to build
and accelerate that growth of what
you’re trying to do take a long hard
look at adding more people to your
sphere of influence and to those that
you influence right and let me know what
you think about that have you kind of
stopped when it got to the point where
you maybe needed to talk about having
somebody added in your life either a
staff member or a partner or even a peer
you’re concerned they’re gonna find out
about what you do and maybe it’s not as
good as you think or they’ll steal stuff
from you or who knows what is it that
stops you what is it that made you add
people to your world right let me know
in the comments below if you’re watching
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throughout the year that’s the challenge
is to do a video every day including
today even when I’m not available I’m in
the process of getting shoulder surgery
and so I’m taping this a little bit
ahead of time taping that is so 80s
anyway if you want to join my youtube
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play it for you I’m David H Lawrence
xvii thank you so much for watching and
I will talk to you tomorrow.

6 Responses to Want To Grow? Don’t Go It Alone.

  1. Paula Faye Leinweber May 22, 2019 at 7:22 am #

    MeetUp groups are a great way to connect with others in the biz. I have learned so much from my VO MeetUp peeps! Plus it’s great fun to get out of the booth and socialize, pick each other’s brains, help those who are just getting started, etc. I was in two great groups in the Seattle area, but moved to Spokane last fall. I was amazed to find out how many people there are in VO in Spokane when I started the MeetUp here. Very encouraging when I thought I would be all alone. Try it!

  2. David Wandelt May 22, 2019 at 7:28 am #

    I look forward with great anticipation to the day when I have enough work to justify hiring people! For now, I need to build my business based on an investment that is relatively…mmm…conservative. My accountant is already concerned that My business may be declared a “hobby”!

  3. Stephanie May 22, 2019 at 9:22 am #

    Good questions. I had employees in the past and they did me dirty so now I don’t trust the process of bringing people into the fold. I realize they weren’t the right people and that was a different time but there is still that lingering feeling. I work on it daily and hope as my business grows again I’ll have the opportunity to bring the right people into my world. I love these daily videos. They are fantastic. Thank you.

  4. Chris Buckner May 22, 2019 at 9:36 am #

    From advice and support, to sharing in my excitement, it was wonderful to share my recent victories with my friends, family, and VO family. Thanks for the video David.

  5. Jay Kacik May 22, 2019 at 10:08 am #

    Speedy recovery David! 2 things, first, your “taped” reference near the end is so appropriate today. I just saw that with “New Coke” being featured in the 3rd season of “Stranger Things”, Coke is bringing that back for a limited time. Everything old is new again, like your shoulder! Second, I get the team support thing for sure but kind of opposite that is the virtual assistant. You’ve mentioned that a few times. Would you please do a video on how that looks in your life? I think that I might benefit greatly from something like this and want to hear how you use this type of service. Thank you!

  6. Trish Bell May 22, 2019 at 4:53 pm #

    Networking Groups that are web designers, graphic designers surprisingly was a great group for Me to be involved with. Web designers like the idea of adding voice to a site–I’m sure Me pitching the idea at the monthly meeting helped too. lol. Great encouraging words today david!

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