The great challenge for myself is, at it always is, to maintain my own progress. I always feel as though I’m taking 2 steps forward and 1.99 steps back. I’d really like to eliminate that .99 (I’d go for the whole 1.99, but baby steps), and this week has been a good step in the right direction. I’d certainly like to continue in this direction.
On top of finishing a recording of short story, I’ve been talking with a company on doing a voice over for a documentary. I’m not really convinced that this documentary job is going to happen, however it’s something I saw and reached out for rather than letting it float by. Another point that I’m proud of was my attempt to determine a fair price.
I have a poor habit of not valuing my own work and low balling what it’s worth. However – in this instance I went through a number of sources and compared prices to figure out what would be a fair quote. I was sorely tempted to cut down on the price, even after triple checking my numbers, but I reminded myself to value the work I do and the work that my fellow actors do.
It’s a small thing, but for me I felt it was important. Putting value on my work is always difficult for me, even more so when it’s a monetary value.
In the next week I’m looking at completing another 2 short stories and starting to redo my narration demos and to get demos for other types of voice acting. Getting a variation of demos for all the different types of work I wish to do will be helpful when looking into other opportunities (and making sure everything is properly separated and easy to find ).
Honestly I’m thinking it’s about time I begin pulling out my monologues and start looking at performing in local theatre shows again. I’m feeling the pull and hunger of performing, and I certainly would love to have something on hand if I ever meet some director or casting agent who asks, “hey do you have anything for me?”
Point of order: Here’s a picture of my family’s dog, Cooper. Yes, Cooper is as sweet as he looks.
2 thoughts on “Step by Step…”
Keep your chin up! This business is all about highs and lows, and it’s easy to lose sight of our own value when things aren’t moving along the way we’d like them to. Tenacity is our single greatest asset.
Thanks for the shout out! I often struggle with the mental fortitude part of the business, but I’m far to stubborn to give up on it! I have to remind myself it’s all about the baby steps and sticking with it.
One of my favorite lines from Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives is actually about that. It goes along the lines of, “The most difficult step is always the next one.”
I very much appreciate the words of confidence. They help bolster the spirit and help keep my butt in the recording booth.
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