Last week I had a conversation with a friend about dreams. Not the kind you have when you’re asleep, the kind you have about what you want to do with your life.
For years I have been saying that artists dream and businesses envision.
When I say artists dream I think of an aspiring voice talent or other starving-artist with little or no training who drifts hither and yon scratching for work, praying for their big break, imagining what they’ll do when they’re rich & famous, and having the audacity to be surprised when 20 years later they’re still broke & wondering what the hell happened.
When I say businesses envision, I mean they actually write down a plan containing specific goals and hold themselves accountable to it.
Which is more important: the dream or the plan?
TIP OF THE WEEK
When it comes to achieving success, having dreams are critical. To realize those dreams, you must have a plan. Most aspiring voice talents fail because they don’t know how to align their dreams with a sound plan.
But Tom, getting a cheap demo, buying a USB microphone, and praying for my big break while I audition my face off on a pay-to-play website is a sound plan, right?
It’s certainly a plan, but a sound plan? How many people does that actually work out for?
If you want to align your dreams with a sound plan, write a business plan FIRST!!! Not third, not 27th, first. Determine how you will get your training, develop a brand, produce a demo, build a home studio, and how to budget for it.
Sounds hard? Tough noogies. If you want to live your dreams, you need to live in the real world. A professional is someone who does what needs to be done even when they don’t feel like it!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
There’s no such thing as early. There’s just on time and late.
From my village to yours; this is Tom Dheere, GKN News…
Tom Dheere is a 20-year veteran of the voice over industry who has narrated thousands of projects for clients in over a dozen countries. He is also a coach at Edge Studio, voiceover business consultant known as the Voice Over Strategist, and is currently producing the comic book “Agent 1.22”.