It’s always a mixed blessing to
get a ‘shot-in-the-arm’ from someone
like Tom Dheere. We want it, we know we need it,
but it usually hurts so we don’treally want it. But 'embrace the pain' we must. And the thing is, Tom's so darn
friendly, likeable, cued-up, well-meaning and wise that we’re compelled to believe he
has our best VoiceOver business interests and success at heart. After all, he’s an
experienced, multi-talented NYC Voice Over Pro + Business Expert who
specializes in Business & Money, Marketing. Edge Studio loves him, so we do
too. This is the reason his Edge Studio blog, ‘2014 Is
Coming, Are You Ready?’ was a needed jab. He wants to keep us healthy. And it’s
why I’m cheering him with a Debby Barnes
Voice-Over Rah-Rah! this week.
When I read his article on
December 1st, I just knew it would stay with me throughout the
month in the lead-up to the New Year. After staring at the first line of his
blog, “2013 is almost gone.” I honestly
felt I’d been slapped and told to snap-out-of-it. What a needed moment. The
reality hit me. It was in black and white and I had to sit down, read it, stay
there and absorb it. I certainly didn’t want to dwell on it, but he went on
to ask an important question. One I couldn’t ignore. He didn’t stop there either. He
asked four more important questions that begged to be considered.
Tom’s entire article asks us to
take stock of what we have and haven’t accomplished this year. He asks us to define what
we need to do in order to accomplish what we must do to be successful. He
encourages us to, “Stop the vicious
“I’ll do it tomorrow” cycle, and truly advance your voice over career.” And
in order to woo us onto the right path, he offers us three concrete steps to
get us there. (And steps help us climb, right?) He clarifies how to go about
this and says: “Although it may be
daunting, all these concerns must be dealt with for you to be a truly
successful voice talent.”
In closing, he reminds us of
how critical it is to have an Action Plan: “Your
Action Plan should be task-oriented and designed to help you develop a
regimen.” Okay then. It’s time for me to set aside some quality time and
(…as Tom says) define my mission (...or re-define it) and craft my goals (...or re-craft them). It's also time for me to develop some more good habits.
You know, it’s easy to believe Tom's such a successful Explainer Video narrator because his explanations make a lot of sense. Read it below and Rah-Rah! Tom with me.
Okay, I’ve never actually met him. But I feel like I know
him. (…a brother from a different mother, perhaps?) Not only does Jonathan Tilley slay me with his irresistible
happy-clappy-bursting-with-love comedic personality, but he also wrote a
smashing e-book called, 'Voice Over
Garden: How to Create Abundance As A Global Online Voice Actor'. Needless to say, I’ve been eager to gush about what an effective sower
he is. Our VO Community ‘garden’ looks even more lush because of this quintessential gardener. So you can obviously hear a Debby Barnes Voice-Over Rah-Rah! now, right? Right.
When I first heard about his book, it brought about a want-it,
need-it, must-have-it mentality that I couldn’t shake until I locked it into my
trusty kindle. Well, I dig it. (…alongside so many other JT e-book fans who, no doubt agree.) Because he’s (...in his words) a whole-hearted 'abundance creator', you can almost feel the love and good-will he
radiates through-out his book. What he has to say is fun, fresh, witty, honest,
current and helpful, especially because it comes from the heart of his own experience.
He also offers a free, weekly Voice Over Garden newsletter that's
chock-full of generous VO tips and tricks. His recent blog, “It’s Time To Break Down Some
Barriers! Are You With Me?” had me
in fits (…when I wasn’t spouting Debby
Barnes Voice-Over Rah-Rah’s! all over the place, ofcourse.) Yes, I thought.
Let’s do this.
Imagine reading:“I know it may sound harsh, but it’s time! It’s time
Debby to either grow some balls or put on your big girl panties and start
My name is in that paragraph. Is he kidding me? No, he’s not. It’s an ingenious
move. And he got my attention. JT’s not only brilliant at making his points
through the written word, but he’s just as clever in the videos he produces to
accompany each newsletter/blog. He’s always switched-on and he has a charming, quirky
presence that leaves you feeling like you can rise to any challenge. Like this:
we break it down and talk about getting tested for I’m-Not-Sure-itis, the
biggest action-sucking disease out there.” Yikes. I think I have this, or at least get attacks of
it now and then. “…see if you have (even
unwittingly) been placing some BS barriers around your business…” Oooh.
This hurts. I need help.
Yep, it’s time to start pulling more unwanted weeds in my VO
garden. Thank God I have a new gardener. Rah-Rah!
...and thank you for the kick in the big-girl pants.
Boy, could I identify with Frank James Bailey’s blog: ‘Calling In
Sick?’ He ticks all the boxes I normally tick when I feel rough and my
voice is compromised by a seasonal flu or a throat infection. Yuk. I was so
sorry to hear he was ill at the time, but I was really pleased he set about writing his post, in spite of feeling under the weather. For that alone, he gets an
encouraging Debby Barnes Voice-Over
Rah-Rah!,(Be well and stay well, FJB.) and another one for the guts of his message.
I was immediately drawn to his
positive attitude and the five ideas he puts into practice during times like
these. (I can honestly say I’ve acted-on every one of them myself, so we’re
obviously using the same coping techniques.) I stand in agreement with how he
responds to potential clients’ job invitations when he’s unwell. He wisely
offers his clients two options; both of which I felt were kind, professional
and generous. Bravo, brother.
Like Frank, I try to do
whatever’s necessary to keep my head in the work even when my voice can’t be.
But I confess, sometimes I get easily frustrated and overwhelmed when I'm hit with the odd flu or bout of laryngitis. I start feeling a bit rattled, especially when my imaginary ‘what-ifs’ creep-in. These are what I call my 'VO
valley times'. These happen when my dark, mysterious and scary 'what-ifs' try to get the best of me. They also make me feel like I’m
going to be walking (…or crawling) through the VO valley with them forever.
Hey, at the end of the day, anything
that threatens our ability to be the best we can be needs to be dealt with,
right? So we can at least try and summon the strength to keep on keeping on by
doubling our efforts on other VO fronts (…like the ones Frank highlights.) His
points are simple, clear and helpful. And he notes: “I’m sure there are a dozen more things you can do if you can’t voice
anything. My point is, stay busy!” Rah-Rah! Frank.
We can stay busy getting well, and busy getting better at what we