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Hey there, hero!
I just got back from both an on-camera audition, and a very rare in-studio VO audition.
Like…there’s a sun and stuff.
In both cases, I was going in for the umpteenth time for each…and neither have ever cast me for a role.
And it was 100% awesome.
Hope this helps!
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How To Be A World Class Complainer
The False Nobility Of The Struggle
Watch Out – The Rules Are Going To Change
“Show Me The Secret, Daddy!”
Coaching vs Consulting vs Facilitating
The Perils of Live Performance And Why Jeremy Kappell Should Not Have Been Fired
Let’s Welcome To The Stage…Failure!
Don’t Confuse Price With Value
Whiteboards In The Hallways
Go Wake Up Your Luck
Playing and Planning
The Two Things Most Talent Try to Accomplish Way Too Soon
10,000 Hours To Become Good At Something? Not Really.
The Curse of Knowledge
The Trick Charlie Munger Uses To Make Better Decisions
Everyone’s A Customer, Not Just Your Customers
“What do you mean, you’re a ‘process guy’?”
Pay Attention To Your Storytelling, Not Removing Your Breaths
How To Conquer FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
The Problem In Every Commercial Script
The Job In Every Commercial Script
The Secret In Every Commercial Script
How To Pick Your Stage Name
Voice Over Is REALLY Hard. Until It Isn’t.
Helping Make Resolutions Stick
ACX Jobs: They’re ALL SAG-AFTRA-Friendly
Non-Union? You Can Still Open An AFTRA H&R Account. What?
Who Says You Need To “Feel Like It?”
Are You Engaged?
Your Day Job Might Just Be Worth Keeping For A Bit Longer
Want To Learn Something Really Well? Teach It To Others
Don’t Confuse What Works With What You Like
The Lost Keys And The Microphone In My Elevator
My Insane Backup System Plus Two Helpful Tips
What Open Loops Are And Why They Work So Well
Two More Things For Which You Can Use Open Loops
Three Things Not To Say Or Do…When Trying To Learn Something New
Front Burner and Back Burner Project Management
How To Properly List The Accents and Dialects You Perform
My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 1)
My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 2)
A Simple, One-Word Decision-Making Question To Ask Yourself
How You Can Use The MVP Model As A Performer
How Lazy Can You Be?
Avoid The Struggle Porn
The Robocall Equivalent Of Unsubscribe
Saying Goodbye To A “Failure”
Making Your Links Irresistible
HTTPS Is Not Just For Banks – It’s For You
The Threat That Made Me Create a New Page For LAME
The Resource You Must Guard Most Carefully
How New Media Is Using The Oldest Ad Model Ever
“You Could Be Hit By A Bus!”
Killing Customers With Kindness
I Found Out What She Was Podcasting About
How I Answered Voices.com’s Inquiry
Turning Mountains Into Molehills
Motivation: Your Three Big Needs In A Cool Little Package
Go Ahead. Multitask. But Try It Like This.
The Prodigy Game Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment
I Don’t Want To Go Blind
What Fair Markets Are, And Why Voices.com Isn’t One
Trevor’s Three A’s From Apple On Killing Customers With Kindness
Getting Ready vs. Getting Started
You’ll Never Believe Who Got Rejected By Harvard
There Is No Failure, Only Feedback
Who Is Your Most Dangerous Adversary?
73 Videos In, My First Hater Appears
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Your Glasses And Crucial Laptop Positioning Info
One More Insanely Over-engineered Piece Of Gear: My UPS
The Crazy Backward Way IKEA Prices Their Stuff
Voices.com Complained To YouTube That I Violated Their Privacy
The Gig Economy: RIP?
For Your Health: Not Perfect. Just Better.
Celebrate Your Isolation!
Mr. Wonderful Is Actually More Wonderful Than I Thought
Let’s Finally Close The Digital Literacy Gender Gap
The Guaranteed Way To Completely Avoid Criticism
The Two Things People Judge About You Within Seconds
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Audible Retail Samples: Why They Suck And Why It Doesn’t Really Matter
How To Voice Copy That’s Set In Italics
Dyslexia, And The Palindromic Poem. The Wha?
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Jamie Has Some Thoughts About Fiverr
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“Young People Are Just Smarter.”
The Real Purpose Of The “Can You Hear Me?” Phone Scam
Beware Of Overkill
Laying Down The Perfect Slate
An AMA Preview: The Word “Ethnic” – A Slur, Or An Essential Adjective?
10 Rules of Profitable Self Discipline from Napoleon Hill
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 1)
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 2)
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 3)
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 4)
AMA Answers Part 5 Plus A Medical Warning
Last AMA Answers (#6): Gear, Services and Success
A 7-Word Reminder: “Don’t correct people when it matters little.”
Do You Have A Plan? And Is It The Right One?
What’s Your Next Big Move? Are You Ready?
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I’m Leaving Facebook: Why Groups and FB Live No Longer Spark Joy
Time To Accept That I’ve Failed At Something – Happily
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Ten Ways To Make Money With Podcasts Besides Ads
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Why Gen Z And Millennials’ Love For Audiobooks Is Crucial
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Less Beating Yourself Up, More Talking Yourself Up
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Vocal Care: It’s All About What Works For You
3 Biases You Should Be Aware Of
3 More Biases You Should Also Be Aware Of
Wow. People Really Grokked Biases. Let’s Tackle Fallacies.
Three More Fallacies You Need To Watch For
What’s Your Imprint?
Fallacy Follies, Volume 3
Two Last Big Creativity-Crippling Fallacies
Fail Sooner To Succeed Sooner
A New Lead Source For Performers: Voice Assistants And Smart Speakers
A Great Way To Handle Trolls and Haters
Quantity Does Not Usually Equal Quality
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Leo Makes Your Searching Spectacular
On Asking For Things Performers Can’t Do
How To Battle The Urge of “Efficiency”
One More Best-Of-Breed Way To Brilliantly Complain
Changing Audacity’s Sampling Rate To 48,000 Hz
10 Words Of Encouragement When You’re Stuck
One More Best-Of-Breed Way To Brilliantly Complain
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Two Cases Where You Might Not Want To Simply “Follow Your Passion”
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Please Stop Rushing To Perform
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hey there it’s David H Lawrence the 17th
wearing the uniform the work uniform I
couldn’t wait to get out of the shirt
that I was wearing before I’d gone in
for I just got back actually I just gone
in for both an on-camera audition and a
very rare in studio outside of my studio
voiceover audition and in both cases I
was going in for a casting person a
casting team or casting person that I’ve
gone in for a thousand times and have
never booked a thing with either one of
them and you’d think that that would be
the kind of thing that could wear on you
over time and it doesn’t it doesn’t
because if you let it get to you if you
let it get to you and and the the number
that you pay attention to is the zero in
how many times you’ve been booked by
that particular office you can start to
assume the wrong things like they don’t
like you or worse they hate you or
they’re making fun of you they’re
bringing you in for stuff that you’re
not right for who knows or your agent is
clueless because they keep getting you
in on these jobs that this particular
casting office has that you know they’re
you’re just not right for and the thing
is that’s not the way to look at it it’s
just not I am extraordinarily grateful
that they keep bringing me in in fact I
had a conversation with the two women
that make up the team that brought me in
for this Nickelodeon show today and you
know again I’ve been in more than a
dozen times for them over the last few
years and it’s just a lovely experience
every single time this time they happen
to be in new digs so we talked about
that for a while it’s just comfortable
you know and I said to them I really
appreciate you bringing me in I know
that you know we haven’t found something
that’s right for both of us but I’m just
glad to be here and the
the one woman said you have no idea how
refreshing that attitude is because
there are plenty of other actors who we
bring in all the time just trying to
find something for them we love how they
work but they’re not picked by the
production team or they’re just quite
not quite right for what we’re looking
for and they are so cynical and so you
know like almost abrasive like we don’t
want to bring them in but when you say
something like that I do I want to bring
you in next week again and that’s the
thing it’s like they’re shopping as my
friend Michael koskoff says same thing
happened when I was on the voiceover
audition I was in with an engineer and
we’ve gotten to know each other over the
years I’ve never booked anything from
their studio and yet he still keeps
bringing me in and the casting offices
that work out of that studio keep
bringing me in for stuff and you know
the numbers just don’t work right I mean
we go through the whole thing again
about you’re not gonna get the job
you’re just not you should have that
attitude going in like Michael says but
the truth is the numbers just don’t work
in your favor there are way more talent
way more bodies than there are jobs in
on-camera onstage in voiceover
commercials and don’t know what no
matter what category it is there’s just
a lot more people willing to do the work
then there is work and you really have
to have your head screwed on straight
when it comes to what actually is
happening when you go in and you don’t
book you’re leaving out a whole bunch of
stuff you’re leaving out they want you
to come in they’re looking forward to
you coming in they’re comfortable when
you come in they’re happy when you come
in they call you by name they know you
as opposed to what was your name again
you know I walk in and it’s like David H
Lawrence the 17th how are you I just I
love the idea that you are forming a
relationship and whether it
never happens or it happens in two weeks
or the person that they pick dropped out
at the last minute had to forgo the job
and you were number two you didn’t know
it there are so many things that you
don’t know and this idea of I always go
in for this office and they never book
me look at it this way stop at I always
go in for this office
you don’t have to add and they never
book you what does that add what does
that give you right and you may
experience the same thing with casting
sites like voice 1 2 3 or voice force or
or or sites like a CX you know maybe a
rights holder you’ve auditioned for a
rights holder a number of times and they
they haven’t picked you it doesn’t
matter what matters is you get to get up
to bat right you get to act on what is
today Thursday at 4:45 and at 6:15 and
that’s the joy it’s not whether or not
you’re booked it’s not whether or not
they like you or they don’t like you
what matters is you get to act and it’s
awesome it’s awesome I learned so much
from my friend Michael cosgrove and I’ve
got some really cool things coming up to
share with you about his situation he’s
been working really hard this year so
anyway what’s your attitude for these
things you ever found yourself so
frustrated you just don’t want to do it
or do you have a reasonable and sane way
to approach the way our business works
the way the deal flow in our business
works let me know in the comments below
I’d love to I’d love to find out what
your thoughts are on this if you want to
be on my mailing list so you can find
out when these videos are coming out
we’re doing one a day for the whole year
I’d love to have you there’s a little
forum below this video that says get on
the list please do that I’m David H
Lawrence 217th I thank you so much for
watching and I’ll talk to you tomorrow