There’s a phrase that’s become quite popular in the last several years …
Failure is not an option.
Really? Are you a human being like I am? Then failure isn’t just an option, it’s a slam-dunk certainty.
Now, let me be clear. I don’t mean that you will always fail at everything you attempt. Of course not. People are capable of amazing achievements, but only when they put failure into the right perspective. Failure will happen. And the more successful you are, the more frequently you will fail.
You see, the reason I don’t like “failure is not an option” is because of something I heard from Zig Ziglar years ago.
Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly … until you learn to do it well.
Now there’s the point of view that makes the most sense to me. You have to learn to fail in order to learn to succeed. Otherwise, the first time you fail you think it’s all over. It’s not. It’s how you react to failure that makes the difference between never reaching your goal and eventually reaching it.
Why am I talking about failure so much? Because our lives in voiceover are filled with failure.
Filled with failure? Prove it.
Do you book everything you audition for? Do you get work from everyone you contact about doing voiceover work? Do I really need to ask any more questions?
My friend Pam Tierney wrote a blog post the other day called Falling that captures the essential truth of what I’m trying to say. Put your failures into perspective. Your voiceover business doesn’t rise or fall on any single failure. Nor any single success. This is not a sprint. We’re in this for the long run. Learn from each failure then put it behind you and move on. Stay with it. Keep moving. Make some kind of progress every day. You’ll get there.