At the Christmas Party at my condo last night I was chatting with a neighbor who recently retired. She said she loved her job, but she was able to retire at the same income she made when she was working .

Problem is, she’s miserable. She complains of being lonely and having nothing to do and her health is also starting to slip.

“Why don’t you go back to work?” I asked.

But I could sense that she wasn’t making the connection between her current situation and her lack of meaningful activity so I didn’t push it.

This is a common error many people make. With the exception of those who are truly exploited, we think work takes something from our life, and not that it is essential to our health and well-being.

We are made to develop and use our talents in service to others; to do something, anything, for someone else even if it’s temporary and not exactly in our wheelhouse–and, I might add, to serve others with at least a modicum of cheer.

This week’s Inside Voice Over is about taking massive action to turbocharge your voice over career in the new year.

Today we’re going to talk about how to kick your voice over career in the tush, how to get it going with the magic of momentum. Now, momentum is a law of physics. You’ve heard it a million times before, a body at rest tends to stay at rest; a body in motion tends to stay in motion. But there’s some practical things you can do to get momentum to kick in in your voice over career because the number one enemy of momentum is perfectionism, waiting until you have everything just right to begin. I’ve got a few really good quick tips for you that will help at.

Number one is that doing things fast takes on a life of its own. You’ve got to push yourself to do things when you’re sort of ready, but not necessarily a hundred percent ready. Put some dates on your calendar. Go on Wix. Get a free website up. Do a good enough demo. It might not be the perfect masterpiece you want, but something that’s good enough that can get you out there.

Number two is doing things fast attracts people to you. I can almost guarantee that when you put yourself into motion, when you push yourself, opportunities will seem to fall out of nowhere. I’ve had that happen in my career. When I was first starting out, I was hustling. I was doing everything I could to get going in voice over. All of a sudden, I landed Citibank as a core customer of mine now for over 20 years. I’ve seen this happen again and again, not just with me, but with my students as well. Doing things fast attracts people who can help you.

Number three, doing things fast also attracts resources. People tell me if they need some money for training or for a demo to push their career forward, the very fact that they’ve gotten into action, all of a sudden they get a windfall. They get just enough money to get that thing done. But nothing happens until you start. The attitude starts inside and then you go outside and take the action.

Finally, doing things fast creates chaos. You have to be willing to have things be a little messy in the beginning while you are getting things off the ground, which might mean that you’ve got calls to return, you’ve got sort of like half a website for a while, but just get yourself going. It will reap a lot of rewards and momentum will pull you forward.

Watch this week’s short training video Here Now

After you watch the video be sure to leave a comment. I always love to hear from you so I can support you as you grow your voice over career.

To your voice over success,

Susan Berkley
Signature voice of Citibank
Founder, The Great Voice Company

PS. Planning for 2020? Pull out your calendar and grab your seat in our next Voice Over Bootcamp at our studios in Englewood Cliffs NJ, March 7-9. Go here to find out more