Look! It’s Bat-Anne and Gabbin! Here to save the day with their super powers of adaptability!
To the Boss-mobile! This week Anne and Gabby take you through an adventure of adaptability. They share some insights on how to prepare for the unexpected, recognizing your priorities, adapting on a budget and how to adjust your voiceover business to the current climate.
Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:
Things break. People let you down. Systems Fail. You have no choice but to adapt
You have to pay the bills. Get motivated by the money. Put yourself first
Don’t see anything or anyone as permanent
Always make connections and have a backup.. just in case
With tech and equipment – your ability to adapt is relative to the amount of money in your bank account and the amount of planning you’ve done
Know your environment and your options. Use a studio or another voice actor
Make sure your phone has hotspot compatibility
Preparedness is important – but adaptability is still key
You must have a backup of your website
You also need to adapt and evolve with this industry
Referenced in this Episode
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Anne: Welcome, everybody, to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my superpower VO bosstie, Gabby Nistico. Hey, Gabby.
Gabby: Hi, but wouldn’t that make me your sidekick?
Anne: I guess so. Superpower sidekick, yeah. I love that.
Gabby: Hell yeah, I will be the Robin to your Batman.
Anne: OK, so my entrepreneurial superpower is… adaptation.
Gabby: No way, me too.
Gabby: I read your mind. I knew what you were going to say.
Anne: Superpower! So yeah, let’s talk about adaptation and why it is so important for your business.
Gabby: You know what, because at the end of the day, we really are Clark Kent in a damn phone booth. We are like, that is the epitome of adapting. Like, I have to get out of these clothes, and I have to transform myself right now, because I gotta go deal with saving the world again.
Anne: There you go.
Gabby: Entrepreneurs are absolutely the Masters of —
Gabby: Change on the fly.
Anne: So true.
Gabby: Especially small business owners. Right? I mean, look, we don’t have time —
Gabby: — to get upset. We don’t have time to get emotional. We don’t have time to wallow in the corner and cry, because —
Anne: Isn’t that the truth?
Gabby: — something isn’t working. We don’t whine, we don’t moan, we move the [expletive] on.
Anne: And you know why? And you know what the biggest motivator for me is?
Anne: I got to make money. I got to pay the bills, dammit.
Gabby: Right? That is it.
Anne: That’s what’s so cool in a way. We become so, we become like so fast at adapting and adjusting because I have to. I have to pay the mortgage at the end of the month, right? Or I’ve gotta buy the groceries. I’ve gotta do whatever I’m doing that has to be paid with money. So if I’m not evolving and adapting, guess what? I can’t be crying, because I’m not making money.
Gabby: In an ideal world, things would give us notice, and we would have time, and we would be able to assess the situation, and price compare, and shop, and determine the best possible thing to do. No. That’s not reality. That is not how it happens. Things break. People let us down. Systems fail.
Anne: Oh, they do.
Gabby: Technology decides to take a dump right when we need it to not. [laughs]
Anne: I have a great example too.
Gabby: And so we have no choice but to immediately switch gears. Here’s the thing that I think is fascinating about this, and also something I love. It goes back to what you just said about, right, I have to pay the bills. I am motivated by the money.
Anne: I sure am. [laughs]
Gabby: People are really fond of saying, it’s, it’s my family that drives me, right? I work so I can provide for everybody. I work so that I can, I can take care of my responsibilities. The coolest thing about an entrepreneur is that we are our top responsibility. We put us first. It falls squarely on us, and we, we literally go “no, you know what? I love me enough that I need to fix this right now. So that this doesn’t cause me pain later, and I don’t have a major breakdown or a loss of income, or some other, you know, crazy thing.” We, we put us as the responsibility first. And I think that’s amazing because most people don’t do that. It is always like, oh, my kids, my spouse. You know.
Anne: When you’re working for the man, so to speak, right, when you’re working for the man, who, where do your priorities lie? Right? I think that’s one of the most beautiful things about being an entrepreneur is that you are your own boss. It is you that you are taking care of. And I have had, gosh, Gabby, a multitude of, of experiences where I’d had to turn around. You know, probably the biggest one — I bring this up because it was such a critical factor in my career was when I was diagnosed, Gabby, with cancer.
Gabby: Oh yeah.
Anne: That was like the biggest, oh my God, the pinnacle of my career when I was like, but no. I – no! This is not the right time. This is, you know, I just reached this other echelon of moving up in my career. And no! I had to make such quick changes. And I’ll tell you what, Gabby, if I had not been so practiced [laughs] in having to evolve and adapt from my previous years, it could have been some really bad news for me even with decent health insurance. The monetary responsibility that I needed to pay as a result of my health crisis was huge, and had I not been able to prepare for that, in my previous years and my previous adaptive, adaptability, I would have been — oof, I shudder to think. I shudder to think.
Gabby: There, there’s a weird piece of me that worries, worries in a past tense, but if you hadn’t sort of used business brain in your approach to cancer, and how you went about adapting, changing, evolving, and sort of just going, “OK, but this is what we are doing next,” would you still be here?
Gabby: Would the fight in you have been there? Would it have been enough to get you through it?
Anne: You mean be here in the voiceover industry or —
Gabby: I mean literally be with us. Yeah because —
Anne: You know —
Gabby: Sometimes it can be that big a deal. If people don’t have that fight, if they don’t have that ability to move quickly — I know this from personal experience and had this happen where, you know, someone got a diagnosis. And it was like denial.
Gabby: “This isn’t happening, this isn’t real, this isn’t going on.” And so they kind of shoved their illness, you know, under the rug, and, well, guess what? They are not here anymore. They are not with us.