Improving Self-Confidence to build a successful voiceover business
How self-confident do you feel? Whether you show self-confidence by being decisive and staying in control, a person with high self-confidence seems to live life with more passion and enthusiasm. Most people tend to trust and respect confident individuals. No matter what position you hold or what your job might be, whether you are an artist or an engineer, self-confidence is essential to your success. A good place to start, is to look at how you handle and perform specific tasks.
1. Recognize your insecurities
What does that voice in the back of your mind say? Whatever is making you feel unworthy of success and inferior to your colleagues, identify it. Often becoming aware that you have a strategy is enough to break that feeling. Start to identify what triggers low confidence for you, and then observe what happens inside of you. What do you feel? How do you act?
2. Bounce back from your mistakes
How you rebound from a mistake or a difficult situation is important. Whether it’s in business or personal relationships, optimism is a powerful force, and it doesn’t take much of an investment. Remember that no one is perfect, even the most confident people have insecurities. Learn that life is not straight line graph and that its full of bumps. Yes, you didn’t land a big voiceover campaign but that’s not a good reason to retreat. Get yourself out there and chase pavements.
3. Build trust through communication
When you start to meet and know people in the voiceover industry, use conversation to build trust and find common ground. Use the name of the person you’re talking to. This not only makes conversation more personal, but also helps you remember people’s names. Another technique that can help conversation flow more easily is to use open questions that can’t be answered with a yes or no. When you are going in for a recording session with a voice seeker, come prepared. Ensure you know all the facts in advance. Do some research and have it on hand ready or in your copy to ask questions if necessary.
4. Anticipate other people’s behaviour
Anticipate other people’s behaviour and prepare your own responses. Whatever your personal style happens to be, use it to help your actions and enhance your self-confidence. Doing some prep work, like knowing the route to a new job before your first day, could mean the difference between arriving frazzled and defeated or calm and ready to punch in. Role-play in your mind how things are likely to happen. Prepare your responses according to the different scenarios that you think could unfold during a session. Being well prepared will increase your self-confidence and enable you to your best work forward.