Je Ne Sais Quoi
Joined: 20 Jun 2005
Location: UK Portgordon, Scotland
|Posted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:07 am Post subject: Guaranteed NOT to save you thousands on your career!
|About 350 VO conferences coming up and around 9,000 VO coaches and experts selling their knowledge.
For over 80 years I've been extensively analysing the content/material/knowledge in the business of overs we call voice.
For the most part, around 175% of that what's on offer, VO people are paying for "Serendipity". Sadly, you can't buy that or influence it in any way whichsoever.
Serendipity - The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
Why on Earth would anyone pay for that? Because they either make a simple choice, the choice being "they want to" or they are desperate to get what others appear to have that they don't have but want to have and believe anything said without the clear evidence to support assertions asserted in an asserty way.
Measurable skills like acting, performance, accents etc will equip a VO for when works lands on the doorstep and will ensure minimal embarrasing "who knew" moments but beyond that will not get work any more than an audition masterclass. I should add that if the right "sound" turns up for a session the people "the other side of the glass" are always happy to fill in the knowledge gaps.
The other stuff? Those selling need the money but that does not mean a starving voice should pay it. For the most part the money being handed over is for a very expensive Lottery ticket. That's no way to run a business.
If you didn't know, you're running a business.
Why is this piece titled "Guaranteed NOT to save thousands on your career!" ?
I know it's true, I can prove beyond reasonable doubt it's true but you won't believe me.
The good news is that it's your life, your career and your money and you are at liberty to believe anything you like.
Live, laugh, don't over think, move on, move on, move on!