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What Is Your Deepest Fear?

Hey, there!

I want to talk about your deepest fear today. Not because I want you to experience it, but because you are already in its grip.

You are. Whatever you’re fearful of, it has ahold of you. And I want to help you identify it, face it and kill it.

Are you with me?

The brave front you might put up goes like this: “I don’t have any fears at all.”

OK.

You can stop reading this and move on to something else. But I think there’s probably more behind that facade of bravado.

Most people have fears. Most of them suffer at the hands of those fears:

“Rejection.”

“Failure.”

“Bullying.”

“Being fired.”

“Exposure as a fraud.”

Those are pretty big fears.

But sometimes, we don’t even know how to put into words what those fears are, and I submit that your deepest fear is one you’ve probably never considered.

One that when I think about it, I can identify almost immediately as the deepest fear I’ve ever faced – and conquered.

And as I look around, there are lots of actors and VO talent that I can see have this same fear.

Marianne Williamson even spoke to it (though this is often mis-attributed to Nelson Mandela). She wrote:

Our deepest fear is not that we are weak. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

So. There it is. Not the fear of failure, rejection, being outed as a fraud. No, rather, the fear of the tremendous possibility that you are everything you want to be – and everything you need is at your fingertips to make your life spectacular.

What if you got to your goals?

What if you were able to be the success you yearn to be?

What if you were in that studio all the time, working on one production after another, eventually having to hire someone so that you don’t lose track of the paychecks?

How different would your life be then?

And here’s the big one: what rules of living your life that you currently struggle to rely on, would you have to leave behind, to live your life in that new and spectacular way?

That was a huge question for me. And one that I’d like to help you discover the answer to: the rules that feed that fear have to be changed. New rules, rules that allow you to enjoy your life, not struggle with it, have to be created and followed. Rules that allow you to manage success, not manage failure. That allow you to manage satisfaction, not, constant disappointment. That allow you to manage acceptance and popularity, not rejection. And that allow you to manage and extend personal authenticity, not a feeling of fraudulence.

Exciting? It was for me.

So how do we do that? That’s in my next article. I’ll share that with you soon.

Thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.

Hope this helps!

David

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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