I get lots of advice from voiceover friends. Most of it is helpful, and all of it is meant in the finest spirit of encouragement. When that encouragement is most desperately needed, many a friend will advise you not to spend time “looking back”…but to look ahead.
Call this the exception that proves the rule (and I wish I could remember and credit the person I first heard this from). During an unwelcome “lull” in the career, usually an invitation to depressing thoughts, I recalled being told during the dry spells I should intentionally look back. Right. Look back and count all the great clients who’ve had me work with them over the years. I decided to replace the plain text on my website’s Clients Page with a montage of company logos. Here’s what I came up with:
Hmmm. Maybe I’m not such a hopeless case after all. These are just the nationally-recognized things I could think of. And I had to leave some of them out at that.
Granted, this covers many years’ experience. And granted, if you’re just starting out you may not have as many neat logos to look for as I did. Or you might have more. But should you ever find yourself in my familiar territory (“…oh man, I’m done, I’ll never work again…” etc), give this a try.
It really does keep the spirits lifted, even when there’s no wind beneath your wings.
— over and out —