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Blog? WHAT blog???
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It is always my aim to write a creative, positive and inspiring blog. This week was no different.
However, this week was very different. Like the week previous to this one, I was completely unable to find time to develop a new creative blog. The reason?
There was a Vanilla Ice marathon on MTV, and I had to stop, collaborate and listen.
I am kidding. The real reason, of course, is because I had too much work! There were jobs. There were other jobs. And do you know what? There were Even. More. Jobs.
***Update: since I wrote this and prepared it for publishing, there were even more more more MORE jobs.***
It was as if a sluice was opened, and I had to run very fast to get away from it and look up the word sluice. The floodgates were lifted, and the jobs came pouring in: a delightful and welcome change since this blog from a few weeks ago.
So, because of this frustrating and remarkable dilemma, I was unable to craft my usual blog which blesses my readers with the enchanting revelation that they truly can sleep while reading. And in lieu of saying instead, I will say "in LIEU" of a regular blog, I will offer something else of equal or greater value to you.
Now, I am a man who lives and dies by Microsoft Outlook. I mean it. Even though it is currently keeping me alive, Outlook will most likely pin me down, stomp on my head, and run me through a garlic press while I emit sounds similar to those made by a bison in orgasm.
Be that as it may, and try as I may to stick to my schedule, I just could not generate the same type of blog this week. So we'll get 'em next week.
Until that time, if there was a problem, yo, I would solve it. So check out the blog while my DJ Josh revolves it.
One for the Record Books
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I reached a point last week where I simply did not wish to record anything else. I had recorded so much, that I was essentially a bit vocally spent, and when that happens, all one can do is don one's wife's clothing and go get a pedicure. But I am sure you feel the same.
On the way there I unashamedly rolled down my windows and blasted Kenny G, doing the following:
Once the extreme migraine had passed, I collected myself to the point of considering what I could offer my vast count of followers that would be both inspiring and encouraging toward a successful career in voiceovers. And then I had it:
However, being as Costco did not have 4200 cups of butterscotch pudding at the ready (I know!), I was forced to make alternate arrangements. And what did I come up with?
Stats. And more stats. And even more stats! Here they are! May you draw encouragement from them, because I certainly did. I was not able to construct a typical creative blog because I was that busy.
My weekly goal, by the way, is to generate $5000 in voiceover work. With that, here is how I have done since 2022 officially landed, and you will see how these past few weeks have really turned around, and what one can do with a little elbow grease, headbanging, and a pedicure:
Scripts booked for the week of 2/27/2022 to 3/5/2022:
- Total clients: 17
- Total revenue booked: $8,091
- Awarded work: 3 pickups, 15 Repeat, 4 Voice123, 1 Voices
Scripts booked for the week of 2/20/2022 to 2/26/2022:
- Total clients: 21
- Total revenue booked: $14,488.50
- Awarded work: 3 pickups, 23 Repeat, 2 Voice123, 7 Voices
Scripts booked for the week of 2/13/2022 to 2/19/2022:
- Total clients: 11
- Total revenue booked: $5,490.00
- Awarded work: 2 pickups, 8 repeat, 2 Voice123, 1 Voices
Scripts booked for the week of 2/6/2022 to 2/12/2022:
- Total clients: 11
- Total revenue booked: $4,520.00
- Awarded work: 1 increase in job total, 5 repeat, 2 Voice123, 3 Voices
Scripts booked for the week of 1/30/2022 to 2/5/2022:
- Total clients: 15
- Total revenue booked: $7,204.00
- Awarded work: 2 pickups, 7 repeat, 9 Voice123, 2 Voices
Scripts booked for the week of 1/23/2022 to 1/29/2022 (I was sick):
- Total clients: 7
- Total revenue booked: $1,853.00
- Awarded work: 1 increase in job total, 2 pickups, 2 repeat, 1 spec, 1 Voice123, 1 Voices
Scripts booked for the week of 1/16/2022 to 1/22/2022:
- Total clients: 20
- Total revenue booked: $6,737.25
- Awarded work: 3 direct jobs, 3 pickups, 1 referral, 1 renewal, 6 repeat, 7 Voice123, 1 Voices
Scripts booked for the week of 1/9/2022 to 1/15/2022:
- Total clients: 19
- Total revenue booked: $8,177.00
- Awarded work: 1 increase in job total, 2 pickups, 18 repeat, 3 Voice123
Scripts booked for the week of 1/2/2022 to 1/8/2022:
- Total clients: 14
- Total revenue booked: $5,255.87
- Awarded work: 3 pickups, 9 repeat, 3 Voice123, 1 Voices
Leaving March aside, I booked $53,725.62 in just my first two months in voiceovers. Multiply that by six more groups of 2 for a whole year, and that is an on-pace revenue of $322,353.72 for 2022. That would be a little shy of what I generated in 2021, but certainly nothing to throw butterscotch pudding at.
And how did I do all this? I will freely share that with you through...MORE STATS!!!
- For last week ending on March 4th I performed 248 auditions
- Week ending on February 25th: 246 auditions
- Week ending on February 18th: 137 auditions
- Week ending on February 11th: 263 auditions
- Week ending on February 4th: 211 auditions
- Week ending on January 28th: 212 auditions
- Week ending on January 21st: 215 auditions
- Week ending on January 14th: 185 auditions
- Week ending on January 7th: 160 auditions
Aside from that, I average marketing to between 100 and 150 people per day through:
- Direct emails
A grind? Sure. Worth it? Look above at my revenue stats. That is a lot of seed planting and soil tilling. And headbanging to Kenny G.
I realize that some of you may get your panties in a bunch by my sharing such information. My advice? Buy new panties. No one likes a poop streak. I share these to encourage newbies and spring chicken that it truly is possible to enjoy a successful career in voiceovers through routinely pursuing and tracking my goals, and there is zero boasting. The fact remains, I am just as amazed as you might be. I truly am amazed...and beyond grateful.
Just a Pipe-Dream? Pish-Posh.
There are mornings where I wake up laughing. I remember how much I had to sacrifice to make even a tenth of what I make in voiceovers now, and that was during my career in wedding videography. At any given moment there was the threat of an impending negative Yelp review. Narcissism and self-absorption abounded. Every one of my weekends was taken up. Incredibly long and arduous physical and editing work was needed to film and produce a single wedding in order to utterly satisfy clients. The trade-off was punishing.
But I am not bound to that anymore. I am FREE, like a beautiful butterfly that has been freed from, uh, weddings.
I will say it again: It truly is possible to have a successful career in voiceovers. So keep at it, and keep planting those seeds. I fully realize that not every week will be as successful as these past two have been, and I do not take it lightly. I am therefore all the more grateful, and I hope this encourages you as well.
If you are struggling to hit weekly goals, perhaps try switching to a monthly goal. Less pressure. Slower pace. You can do this thing called voiceovers.
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