What makes you feel legit in your career?
Today, I sent a text to my husband and said…
“Making money like this makes me feel legit.”
I’m gonna be real. Today was a good money day. As a freelance voice talent, reality is, unless you’re a promo or radio/tv affiliate voice talent who is contracted to work, or you have a few e-learning clients who keep you busy (which seem to be harder to find these days), you’re auditioning and marketing yourself for work among hundreds, if not thousands, of other talent every single day. Not every day is a good money day.
So, when it’s a good day, take the time to celebrate it!
Making decent money isn’t the only thing that helps me feel like I am a legitimate player in my field. It helps (because… bills), but it’s definitely not the only factor. Or even, the most important factor.
I had two recording sessions today with clients (and one by myself). Being able to work directly with clients is the best! When they say things to the agency like, “Be sure to keep the talent’s contact info on hand, as I foresee we’ll use her in the near future…” it’s a good day. On top of that, we finished the session in 15 minutes and six takes.
In the next session (just 20 minutes and five takes, I think), I got to play a character. It was a role that comes naturally to me (funny comedic young woman as girlfriend/wife). I loved the spot when I auditioned for it – it was funny, and totally something I’d do and say. There is nothing better than getting to role play, bringing the creative’s comedy to life with the voice they heard in their head when they wrote the spot. Hearing the client’s approval after each take is bliss for me. Let’s face it, they’re spending LOADS of money on the conceptualization, writing, audio/video production, voice, media time, etc, all with the hope of selling more of their product… so yeah, making them happy makes me happy.
When I can make clients happy, then I know I’m doing a good job.
So, what makes you feel legit? I want to hear it!