In the early days of our nation, people dissatified with their lives in the east for whatever reason, and there were many reasons available, set their eyes on newer horizons. They looked to the west and promises of a better life on homestead land and further to the west, gold. All of these thngs were free for the taking. What many of these dream seekers failed to realize before ditching what they had for what they desired was that nothing free truly is. there is always work involved, along with sacrifice, to make something of those dreams. New farms required preparing the land to make it suitable for crops before planting the seeds. Although seeds do tend to grow by themselves, the seedlings neede dto be nurtured and cared for by keeping weeds from choking them, animals from eating them and insects from destroying the entire crop. There was family to gather food for and protect from factions that did't want them there. Many did not survive the journey.
Those seeking gold were led to believe that getting rich was as easy as picking gold up off the ground or scooping it out of the streams so they left their families for what they thought would be only a few weeks, never to see them again. While technically that was how people found gold, the time requred and process was far more daunting than many expected, not to mention those who would connive to cheat, steal and kill for what they wanted of the prospectors hard work.
What does this have to do with voiceover you might ask? Well, let's say you are looking to change a career or start a new one. People say you have a great voice, why not get into voiceover. Do commercials for television and radio or movie trailers. You can make a fortune and retire in less than a year. How hard can it be to talk into a microphone for that much money. The truth to that is, much like the early settlers, it is damn hard.
While there may not be anybody trying to take your life and scalp, there are people who will take your money for phony classes they are not qualified to teach or sell you demos they know have no chance of getting you work. There are some people who are successful in the business who will try to steal your dream by telling you to quit. Nobody has a right to tell you to quit, even if they have tried to teach you and failed in their efforts. That is their failure, not yours. As long as you have the tenacity to hold on to your dream, the patience with yourself and mentors in finding and getting the proper training you need and the indurance to keep studying and practicing in front of microphones when there are no jobs coming in, your chances of success improve considerably.
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