If At First You Don't Succeed...

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Funny, isn’t it? We know what comes next but it isn’t easy doing it. Let’s be honest. That try, try again stuff just isn’t fun.

In voice over, as in life, persistence is the name of the game. For every project highlighted on my portfolio page there were multiple other jobs I auditioned for but for one reason or another wasn’t chosen.

Audition: a trial performance to appraise an entertainer’s merits. (Merriam-Webster)

takes time
involves commitment
invites rejection
can be emotionally draining
is like knocking on doors over and over again
is an opportunity to shine
tests our resolve
may open the way for future work
is a chance to practice every day
might be the only way to book some jobs
is necessary!

During a recent visit to the hair salon, I explained this part of my job to my hairdresser. I likened it to her cutting and styling half of a potential customer’s head of hair. They in turn would have an opportunity to decide whether or not they’d choose to have her complete the other side. If not, no dinero. Never mind, that the client might look a bit peculiar.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated failures.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
~ Calvin Coolidge

Did you know that going for no isn’t a bad thing after all? In fact, Andrea Waltz’s business proves it. Go for No! Shoot for Failure! Who would’ve thought?

Which goes to show, handling rejection depends on perception. It’s about keeping zeal and finding a way to get paid for what we love doing. The question is:

How bad do we want what we want?

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