Voice Acting and Humility – The Not Silent Blog 8/25/20
A few weeks ago I blogged about the power of dignity in reference to this book. Today let’s talk about humility.
Humility: a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness.
I’m not crazy about that particular definition. Like author Marilyn Gist writes, humility is not meekness and it’s not an absence of arrogance, either. Her definition is: a tendency to feel and display a deep regard for others’ dignity. She’s referring specifically to leader humility which is the theme of the book, but there are a lot of useful nuggets for us as human beings. An entire chapter is dedicated to how you treat others and a refresher on that topic is always a good idea, especially now.
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How can we be humble as voice actors?
Be grateful. Most people spend their entire lives working in industries that are low-paying, don’t line up with their dreams, or both. Being a voice actor is a privilege so always be grateful that you can take part in this amazing vocation and be a part of this incredible community.
Be learning. You don’t know everything about anything, much less about being an effective voice actor. I’ve been pursuing this for almost 25 years and I learn new things about both the industry (and myself) almost every day. There is always another webinar you can attend, another coaching session you can take, another blog entry you can read. Don’t rest on your laurels and always be moving forward.
Be mindful. Everyone is dealing with a LOT of stress right now, not just as voice actors but as parents, spouses, caregivers, etc. Everyone is dealing with this crisis in their own way. Some are laying low, others are taking to social media to share their thoughts & feelings, rant, blame, etc. Be mindful of what your fellow voice actors, clients, and agents are going through and offer to listen, counsel, strategize, or do whatever they need to get through this.
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2020: Here’s a preview of the Edge Studio webinars I’ll be hosting for the remainder of the year. Dates & times to come…!
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December: Thriving in a Smaller Market City
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Tom Dheere is a voice actor who has narrated thousands of projects for hundreds of clients in over a dozen countries. He is also a voiceover business & marketing consultant known as the VOStrategist and produces the comic book “Agent 1.22”. You can subscribe to his weekly blog and the monthly VO Strategist Learnin’ Stuff Notice here.