Mindset is huge when it comes to voice-over or any other creative career. If you think you can’t do it, think you’re not good enough, or let little failures hold you back, you can really block yourself from creating the voice-over career you’re truly looking for. Keeping a positive mindset is almost a superpower, and can drive you into the motivation and success that you’re after.
Upholding a positive mindset takes practice and will not come easy all the time, but there are things you can do to help keep yourself optimistic and let it push you to more success in the voice-over industry.
Talk to yourself in a positive way.
Tell yourself you can do it, build yourself up, and give yourself the encouragement that you need. If you let negative thoughts take over, it draws your focus away from your goals and inhibits your belief that you have what it takes. Learning to control your thoughts gives you the freedom and support to go after your goals and keep a positive outlook on the future. It takes practice and persistence, but start noticing your thoughts and make sure they are helpful in supporting you.
Surround yourself with people who support you and your dream.
Having a good group of people who build you up and encourage you will reinforce more optimistic thoughts and keep you motivated. Many studies have shown that the people we surround ourselves with are the biggest influence on our attitude, behaviors, and results. Join communities with successful people who inspire you, whether in the voice-over field or outside of it. Follow people online who are doing the things you want to do or inspire you to be better.
Have a mindset routine.
Start thinking about ways to work on enhancing your mindset day to day. Whether you start your day with a morning routine or get yourself pumped up before you start working on voice-over each time, start creating little habits in your life that become routine and make you better.
Always do your best.
Sometimes that changes from day-to-day, but don’t let being a perfectionist keep you from doing anything at all. Put the work in and do your best each time.
Continue to challenge yourself, and find new goals to aspire to.
This will help you keep momentum and continue growing your career in the industry. Whether it’s the amount of money you are looking to make, or booking in a new area of the industry that you don’t usually book in, keep having something to aspire to. You’ll find yourself meeting these goals when you set them as your intentions. Then you can pursue new avenues to support your expansion. We feel good when we make progress. Setting and accomplishing goals helps us to keep moving forward.
Your passion is your energy.
Find the things that you are passionate about in the industry and let them drive you. If you want to do voice-over on a certain subject, have a specific interest like audiobooks or anime, or have certain topics you would love to voice – focus on those. Bring in the things that you find joy in and let that motivate and drive you. There is nothing better than aligning with the things that bring you the most joy.
Learn something new every day.
It’s all about the journey and not getting stuck. Instead of getting stuck in an area, ask yourself how you can learn and grow in that area. We all start somewhere: don’t let little things become an excuse to hold you back.
Remember that having and keeping a positive mindset takes practice, but can be your superpower for supporting and pushing yourself to grow within the industry. It can help you reach the goals that you’re after in voice-over and in life.
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