The Other Italian Job

….. and not a Mini in sight.

If you want to make God laugh, just tell him your plans, so they say.  I’ve probably been a constant source of hilarity over the years, and I may not be the only one.

I’m sure he was chuckling away the other evening.  With six months’ worth of being a voice over artist under my belt, I thought it was about time I started to review things and look ahead at the same time.  Should I continue doing this full time for a while longer?  Should I start looking for some PR work and do voice overs in my spare time?

One of the first things I needed to do was to assess the various websites I’d joined in an effort to land myself work.  How were they performing and were there any that simply weren’t doing it for me?  There was certainly one: the number of potential auditions was noticeably low compared to the others and, once I eliminated all the opportunities that were looking for a transatlantic style of English – which most definitely isn’t me! – the resulting number of actual auditions struggled to make double figures.

So, with about a month to go on my subscription, I let them know I wouldn’t be renewing.  Job done.

But just a couple of hours later, an email arrived – via the very same, unproductive site.  An Italian production company wanted to know if I would be able to do a 45 second voice over for a training animation.  The job was to be in English and I agreed.  The following day, the script arrived and, in the space of about an hour, the job was done and I’d been paid.  Sweet.

Except that the irony of the booking coming from the site I’d just discarded wasn’t lost on me.  It seemed that the Law of Murphy had prevailed: I pull the plug and the site comes up with the goods.  Chances are that, once my subscription expires, there’ll be loads of gigs I could’ve auditioned for.  Cue mirth from on high.

But, thinking about it, this isn’t so unusual.  You send in an audition for a job thinking that, at best, your chances are 50/50 and you forget all about it.  What happens?  You get it.  You do another which you think is really in with a shout – and it falls on deaf ears.  I guess it’s just another instance of learning to live with the unknowns and the unpredictable nature of the voice over life: you enjoy the highs of getting bookings and cope with the lows of rejection.

Actually, instead of coping, maybe just moving on is a better approach.  But that’s a subject in its own right, and something for another time.

I am, I should add, sticking to my guns.  The gig was fun and the way it came about certainly did my confidence no harm, but it’s still the only one that the site has produced.

Of course, in saying that, I might be tempting providence.  The offers could start flooding in, just from that one source.  Or could they …….?

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