I get a certain question a lot, both in my live classes and via email.
My great friend, student and client, Carol, asked it again.
It had to do with all of our chances at finding work in animation, when it seems that only celebrities get booked on the job.
Great question, and I have a great answer.
I’ve been going back/forth on this animation demo question. Last night in scene study class I talked with a new member in class. I talked to her about animation, since she is the voice of [a very popular television animation character]. She said, frankly, that animation VO is pretty sewed up by a handful of people, and why would any client choose an unknown over them??? It was all pretty sobering, but did make me think.
If that’s the attitude we all took, if that was even the truth, I wonder how you’d ever book anything, don’t you?
I had a couple of things to say about that.
It’s logical to remember that someone took a chance on a new talent the very first time any of those people “who have it all sewn up” got their initial gigs.
Someone took a chance on the woman that gave Carol this sage advice, so how is that possible?
We often get stuck in this circle of hell that revolves around not having work for an extended period of time. And naturally, we want answers.
It’s almost always beyond our control. There are things we can do (make our demos and auditions spectacular, network/build relationships, study in class, workout and more), but we have to remember that we’ve chosen a line of work where silence and rejection and frustration are common, only to be broken up by the occasional burst of joyful employment.
Don’t tell yourself this type of “I’ll never be picked because I’m not well-known” talk. It’s just plain wrong.
A great thing to say to yourself is: “I’m good enough to be booked for this and any other role. I know this because I’ve BEEN booked for other roles, time and again.” That way, you can completely get rid of all that negative talk.
Hope this helps.