For those of us old enough to remember, voiceover work used to be a rather social experience. We would run into friends and make new connections when we met at auditions and sessions. At one time both auditions and work were done in a recording studio in the city (whatever city we were living near at the time) and then some years later, while the work was still always at a recording studio the auditions were done at our agent’s office.
But all of that has changed. In the last 5 years I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I’ve had to go somewhere other than my own studio to do an audition. Add the fingers of my other hand and I can count the number of sessions I’ve recorded in someone else’s studio during that same 5 years. The social interactions and connections that were once commonplace have all but vanished.
So, we’ve had to find other ways to connect. The Internet provides a wealth of opportunities. Facebook. Google+. Twitter. And my favorite, The VO-BB. And even better is when these virtual connections break out in the real world. A significant part of why Faffcon is so important to me is because every 6 months for the last 2 years, it has provided a time and place to connect face-to-face with some of my favorite people.
Don’t underestimate the importance of friends to your success. Especially friends who truly “get” what your life is like. These are the friends who will help to sustain you when things are murky or gloomy or confusing. They will celebrate with you when things take a turn for the better.
I’ve recently been thinking about a couple of my dearest and closest friends and how much I cherish my friendship with them. I hope you will take a moment today to reflect on the blessings in your life, and especially those friends who mean the most to you. Maybe it’s time to send a quick note or make a phone call to remind him or her of just how much that relationship means to you?