Over the years, Columbus Day has taken some hits in the “Important Holiday” department. Perhaps the belief that because the vikings discovered America first, and being first in line is very important for Americans, Columbus Day now seems to lack importance. But in a day and age of digital communications, and a troubled economy, on this Columbus Day Holiday we take a look at what Columbus could have taught every voice over talent.
Every voice talent these days faces economic competition between voice talent working from home, not just in major markets, all with great skill and seeking wealth through established voice over casting websites. With this situation, it is easy to think negative and say that starting a voice over career is a far-fetched proposal. So, much like Columbus established trade routes to reach the East Indies and Asia winning support with other countries, the idea may not be so far-fetched for the DIY voice talent from home to get out of the house and start meeting other voice talent in such events like Voice123 Meetups, Faffcon, That’s Voiceover, etc. During Columbus’ first voyage in 1492, instead of reaching Japan as he had intended, he landed at a locale he named San Salvador. We all make wrong turns in our career at times, but how we recover is more important. Staying determined, over the course of three more voyages, Columbus visited the Antilles, as well as the Caribbean coast of Venezuela and Central America.
As a voice over talent, the networking to put a face on all the people we talk to in social media, or simply to celebrate accomplishments, follows a theory that perhaps Columbus followed: People are the foundation of growth to one’s business, so it is important to get out there and start meeting other like-minded people.
Without innovators, would there be spice, silk, Meetups, or Faffcons, if we all stayed in our recording studios all day?
Did you ever grow your network through offline events? Which one?