The Beauty of the Forced Pause

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The view on my snowy patio, about 30 minutes ago.

Just wanted to post here this afternoon… To remind myself, and everyone here, to live your life as it’s happening. To be willing to pause and stay present. In this moment.

And to be very transparent here, if you’re a fast-processor like I am, that can be a challenge!

I think fast, I talk fast, I process information fast, I research fast, I make decisions fast, I walk fast. And that can make me impatient when things aren’t happening “fast enough.” Can you relate?

I’m typically not someone who trundles along, taking her sweet time [Read more…]

How To Brainstorm Like a Rockstar (when you’re alone)

Creative ideas that you can share with the world 6-12-12 Resourceful contIf you’re a creative entrepreneur or a voice actor like I am, you’ll find yourself needing to solve problems, come up with new ideas or create a business plan-of-action on a regular basis. It’s part of our job!

And a lot of the time, YOU are the only person you can turn to for answers!

Yes, it’s great to have a coach, a husband or wife, or a fellow entrepreneur to go to for help, ideas or support, but you’ll find that there may be times where you’re on your own.

YOU alone have to come up with the answers, the plan, the money, the strategy, the motivation, the solution.

On your own.

And you can!

The fact is, you have an infinite number of fantastic ideas, resources and [Read more…]

How to Turn Lemons Into Lemonade

Two glasses of home made iced cold lemonade and pitcher on hot summer. CopyspaceWe’re all going to go through challenging times in our business: Times when customers leave, cash flow slows, we have to move and try to conduct business during the upheaval, equipment breaks down at a crucial moment, or some other stressful event takes over.

If you’re in business for yourself (and are a human being), there will be times in your life where keeping your business going seems all but impossible.

You can sometimes feel almost incapable of keeping your thoughts focused on day-to-day business activities and client relationships when you’re feeling frightened, depressed, overwhelmed, or totally frayed at the edges.

And you ARE your business.

You can’t just call in sick and hand your responsibilities off to someone else. This is especially true [Read more…]

Marketing Your Voice-Over Business Workbook

I’ve created a new voice-over marketing resource for you!

If you’re looking for some concise, easy-to-implement ideas on…

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1) WHAT your best personal voice-over assets are…

2) WHICH voice-over niche market is best for you, and…

3) HOW to best use your voice-over marketing hours…

…then my new Marketing Your Voice-Over Biz, Mini Workbook PDF is for you!

It’s a hands-on, “fill-in-the-blanks” workbook that will lead you, step-by-step, through three of the most important aspects of your voice-over marketing strategy.

You can literally just read the questions and prompts I’ve provided for you, fill in the blanks, and by the end of your session you’ll have a crystal clear [Read more…]

Dare to be Different

Zebra Dare to be Different pic sm w-frameDo you sometimes feel that you’re “different?”

Have you ever thought of yourself as a “black sheep” either in your family circle or amongst your friends?

Do you find yourself departing from conventional ways of doing things and forging your own unique path?

Do you feel that your background differs from that of your peers?

I certainly have felt that way.  I come from a family of painters, sculptors, writers, sailors, and master gardeners.  I remember in elementary school that not one of my friends [Read more…]

Voice-Over Fresh Start

VO_Fresh_Start_TeleseminarMP3_and_Worksheet_eCoverIf you’re interested in creating fresh energy in your voice-over career, and rejuvenating your voice-over career, (and who doesn’t want a rejuvenated voice-over business?), I have something for you today that you may be interested in.

Just $27.00!

Earlier this year I held a live teleseminar titled “VO Fresh Start. Renew, refresh and rejuvenate your voice-over career.”

Well after being asked about its availability as a recording, I’ve now created an MP3 download of the call, as well as a brand new, 10-page Worksheet PDF to accompany the call so you can not only reinforce your learning but also write down your ideas and strategies [Read more…]

Be Prepared for Peaks and Valleys

Be Prepared for Peaks and Valleys image 11-19-15If you’re in business for yourself, you know the demands on you are very high these days. It’s as if your capacity to learn and grow and succeed is under heavy pressure. Your mental bandwidth probably feels overloaded to the max sometimes!

Technology is constantly changing, clients need more, more, more, entrepreneurial record-keeping can be complicated, goals have to constantly be set, revised and achieved, and, of course, all your skill sets need to be [Read more…]

Stop “Forcing” Yourself and Do This Instead

Use Your Energy Cycles to Your Best Advantage!A creative entrepreneur.

That’s you!

Whether you’re a voice actor, a writer, a graphic artist or a musician, you most likely make your living doing something creative and are probably working for yourself.

That means you have to produce the work, finish the projects, and create the marketing materials to keep your business running smoothly.

And in order to keep your business humming along, you need ENERGY to make it happen.

Well, do you find that sometimes you just don’t have the energy to get something done and you literally have to force yourself to do it? (And we all know how awful that feels, don’t we?)

What you’re probably experiencing when you feel that way is [Read more…]

Success Vocabulary – Are You Using This Incredible Tool?

Success Vocabulary - Use this incredible tool!The most important factor in your entrepreneurial business success is the way you FEEL.

And this applies whether you’re a voice-over artist, a writer, an audio engineer, a designer, or a performer, or any other independent business person.

If you feel great, you’re energized.

You’re optimistic.

You’re willing to work hard and more easily find solutions to any challenges that arise.

On the other hand, [Read more…]

Customer Service – Caribou Coffee Style

Caribou Coffee Customer ServiceDo you find your head swimming with all the customer service aspects needed to run your business, meaning your professionalism, your attitude, your performance, your follow-up?

It can sometimes be overwhelming!

And if you’re “challenged” in the customer service department, you might find yourself hurrying through, or not caring about, that aspect of your business.

This can include behaviors like:  [Read more…]