There are a lot of people these days who have hung out a shingle proclaiming themselves voiceover coaches. I’m not writing this post to criticize any of them specifically because honestly I don’t know anything specific about the vast majority of them. I’ve personally studied with (in chronological order) Dick Orkin, Pat Fraley, Nancy Wolfson, Marla Kirban, Marice Tobias and Richard Horvitz; and I’ve worked extensively with only Nancy Wolfson and Marice Tobias.
Again, this post isn’t about specific coaches, but rather an attempt to help you figure out who you should study with. Or maybe more to the point, who you shouldn’t study with. One of the blogs I read frequently is called The Simple Dollar, a blog about frugality and personal finance. Trent writes a review of a book every Sunday and this past weekend his subject was a book by Barbara Ehrenreich called “Bait and Switch,” a book about getting a white-collar job in the USA. Take a few minutes to read his review, and in particular his summary of the key points from the book at the end of the review. Now, think about what he’s saying in the context of voiceover coaches.
- Don’t try to get jobs you’re not really qualified for; instead build up your own qualifications.
- Don’t believe that coaches and workshops will put you where you want to go. Coaches and workshops can help, but you have to do the work of building your business yourself.
- Networking events aren’t the magic answers either. Networking is something you do, not something someone else sets up and does for you.
- Success comes from a long climb up a ladder, not an immediate leap to the top.
Yep. Sounds about right to me.