Boss Mindset: Don’t Panic

with Liz Atherton

So – you’re an entrepreneur, you decided to go full-on VO and suddenly you FREAK OUT! No, you are not the only one who is secretly second-guessing everything you’re doing, worried that you’ve made a grave mistake, checking your bank balance while peeking from behind sunglasses – YIKES! Take a moment to feel part of something good as VO Boss host Anne Ganguzza and guest host Liz Atherton share insights, support and affirmation to the brave souls who took a leap of faith in themselves!


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Entrepreneurial life is hard, scary – you are human and will survive!

  2. PANIC – it’s taking over!

  3. Doers often OVER do but it’s also what makes you powerful!

  4. So worried about money! Change is hard! If you build it, will it come?

  5. VO peeps ARE entrepreneurs!

  6. Moving forward rarely happens as fast as you want it to.

  7. YIKES: What was I thinking?

  8. Rebrand your thinking!

  9. I’m not broke – I’m fully invested in me ← say this to yourself Every. Single. Day!

  10. Broke is not a pretty word – change your paradigm!

  11. I believe in ME!

  12. Scary brilliant – that’s what you are!

  13. Why would someone else invest in you if you don’t fully invest in you?!!


  15. Allow the goodness to happen!

  16. Anne’s mom: It always works out! ← smart woman!

  17. Enjoy the excitement!

  18. Life truly pivots when you look at yourself as a WINNER!

  19. How fortunate are you that you can make a living as a VOICE ACTOR!

  20. Yup – going from steady money to 1099-driven money is SCARY!

  21. You ABSOLUTELY must have a belief in self – you CAN do this!

  22. Not everyone is meant to be an entrepreneur – and that’s OK!

  23. As a human being, your goal is to seek your joy.

  24. If you are following your heart into VO, and that’s your passion, you are on the right path!

  25. Drive and passion should be part of the mix!

  26. It’s scary being an entrepreneur. But it’s scarier not to have your health – unhappy is unhealthy!

  27. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter your politics, where your check come from, or anything else if you’re’ not happy!

  28. It’s OK to panic as long as you hold onto the faith that you are going to be OK. YOU ARE!

  29. Find an accountability group – like-minded people who help keep you on track with understanding!

  30. The VO cocoon – find things like the VO Watercooler, VO Peeps, conferences to keep yourself connected to other humans doing what you do!.

  31. Every single person in the VO world was/is just as scared as you are!

  32. Don’t let the “bookings postings” scare you – people need pats on the back – give them freely!

  33. We’re all human beings. We’re all trying to make our way. Support your fellow VO being!

  34. Be PROUD of yourself! PROUD! You are an AWESOME being!

  35. Ahh, man – this entrepreneurship thing is hard!

  36. It’s a journey – know that you are not alone – the bosses HAVE YOUR BACK!

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

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Recorded on ipDTL
Awesome editing by Carl Bahner


>> It’s time to take your business to the next level, the BOSS level! These are the premier business owner strategies and successes being utilized by the industry’s top talent today. Rock your business like a BOSS, a VO BOSS. Now let’s welcome your host Anne Ganguzza.

Anne: Hey everyone, welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with the bee, the queen, my special guest cohost, Liz Atherton.

Liz: [laughs] I am the bee! The queen!

Anne: The bee.

Liz: [laughs]

Anne: The bee comma Queen.

Liz: Yes, yes. Oh my God. Hi Anne. How are you doing?

Anne: I am doing great. Liz, I love your laugh. I just think it’s the cutest thing ever. It’s the cutest thing ever.

Liz: [kissing noises] [laughs]

Anne: It’s good that we can laugh because I’ll tell you what, Liz, I have had an entrepreneurial week from hell. And I think, I want to be real, I want to be real, and I want people to know, this stuff is hard, and it’s scary. I think we should exchange horror stories. Horror stories from being an entrepreneur, and just so that other people can see that we’re all human and it happens, and it’s ok. And we’re still going on about our business, because I still have a business. Liz, you still have a business, right?

Liz: I do, I do.

Anne: We’re not quitting. So.

Liz: No!

Anne: We can have weeks from hell.

[both laugh]

Liz: Or months or maybe even years, yes, we can, Anne, yes, we can.

Anne: We can. We can. Shall I begin? I will tell you –

Liz: Please.

Anne: – my current state is panic.

Liz: Oh no.

Anne: I mean, but it’s panic, but it’s good. It’s all working itself out. I mean, most people know that I was on this quest. Last year I thought it’d be kind of cool to just move.

[both laugh]

Anne: Let’s just sell our house and buy a new one, and that would be really awesome, and then we’ll move and everything will be happy and flowers. In the meantime, I didn’t realize how stressful it actually is to do all of that and maintain my entrepreneurial business.