Boss Mindset – Do I Have What it Takes?

Do I Have What It Takes? The question asked more than any other by beginners. It’s time for a Boss Bomb as the ladies address this question and the mindset behind the question. Spoiler Alert… you are literally asking the wrong question! This episode is 100% for all the new and aspiring voiceover actors that are trying to figure out if they have what it takes to make it in voiceover in 2019. The BOSSES give you solid, actionable answers.


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. People in the voiceover industry are not fortune-tellers.

  2. Only you can determine if you have what it takes to succeed in this business.

  3. Take the focus off of your voice and instead assess your ability to learn new skills.

  4. There are many companies that will take your money and capitalize on the question – do I have what it takes?

  5. Financial cushions are essential for anyone considering doing this for a living.

  6. Having a nice speaking voice is a very, very small part of success in voiceover.

  7. There’s so much more than just being in the booth and having an amazing voice.

  8. A lack of confidence or skill to pursue the other aspects of business will be a career killer.

  9. Having a passionate, motivated, & competitive personality is important in voiceover.

  10. Voice actors have bold, memorable personalities – which leads to a personal brand.

  11. People want to connect with you, so your voice is secondary to that.

Referenced in this Episode

Direct links to things we brought up ++

  1. Recorded on IpDTL

  2. Join the VO Peeps to learn more about the industry

Full Episode Transcript

>> Today’s voiceover talent is more than just a pretty voice.

>> Pretty voice.

>> Pretty voice.

>> Pretty voice.

>> Today’s voiceover talent has to be a BOSS.

>> BOSS.

>> A BOSS.

>> A BOSS.

>> Join us each week for business owner strategies and success with your hosts Anne Ganguzza and Gabrielle Nistico, along with some of the strongest voices in our industry.

>> Rock your business.

>> Rock your business.

>> Rock your business.

>> Like a BOSS.

>> Like a BOSS.

>> Rock your business like a BOSS.

>> Rock your business like a BOSS.




Anne: Welcome, everybody, to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, talking with my amazing VO Bosstie, Gabby Nistico. Hey Gabby.

Gabby: Hello.

Anne: Gabby, I know both you and I do a lot of phone consults for people that are interested in getting into the industry.

Gabby: Yes.

Anne: I just had one the other day, and I have to tell you, every time, if I had a nickel for the amount of times somebody said to me, ”how do I know I have what it takes?”

Gabby: “Can I do this?”

Anne: [laughs] Yes.

Gabby: “Will I make it?”

Anne: Yeah.

Gabby: “Am I going to be successful? How do I know that I can do this?”

Anne: “Can you tell me if I have what it takes?” I think we should talk about that.

Gabby: Yeah, let me get my crystal ball out and –

Anne: [laughs]

Gabby: – you know, get in touch with my inner Gypsy and sure thing, I will, I’ll consult the cards, and I’ll tell you if you can make – I don’t know!

Anne: [laughs]

Gabby: Look. Here’s my thing, right? So, so the sassy pants in me always wants to go, “I don’t know, can you make it? Can you do it? You tell me.”

Anne: Yeah.

Gabby: You ever do that? I mean ’cause that’s the truth, right?

Anne: A lot of times, yes, I want to say that. You know [laughs] I think, Gabby, outside of if you have an impediment where, you know, maybe, you know –

Gabby: Yeah.

Anne: – it’s hard to understand you, and even then, I would say, you’ve got a good shot, right, as long as people can understand what you’re saying.

Gabby: Yeah! I mean, short of that or like a really, really heavy foreign accent –

Anne: Yeah.

Gabby: – that would bar you from, from really not even doing this but just booking jobs in English –

Anne: Yeah.

Gabby: – you might have to just book in your –

Anne: Tongue.

Gabby: – native language.

Anne: Mm-hmm.

Gabby: There are so few reasons why somebody can’t do this. Truthfully, you have to turn the question around.

Anne: Yeah. [laughs] Can you?

Gabby: It becomes – yeah, can you? And know yourself. Right? What are your, what are your drawbacks, limitations? Like look, I’m very forthright with people about, if, if you are lazy, don’t do this. If you are looking to make a fast buck, don’t do this.

Anne: [simultaneously] Don’t do this.

Gabby: If you are not organized, don’t do this.

Anne: [simultaneously] Don’t do this. [laughs]

Gabby: What else?

Anne: If you don’t want to learn –

Gabby: Oh God, right?

Anne: If you don’t want to learn new things, and not even necessarily related to voiceover, but what it takes to run your business. If you do not have a desire to learn about business, and expanding business, and growing businesses, don’t do this.

Gabby: Hey, how ’bout tech?

Anne: Yeah, oh goodness, yes.

Gabby: Technologically resistant –

Anne: Yeah.

Gabby: Don’t do this.

Anne: Or, I always tell people, well, you can if you want. I mean, if you’ve got the money to hire somebody to do it for you. [laughs]

Gabby: True.

Anne: You want to hire somebody to run your studio, you know, and, and let you step in the studio while they hit record and do your editing and, you know, your accounting, and all the social media marketing, all that good stuff, sure. If you can hire out that, then yeah, maybe you can. But.

Gabby: Yeah, but it’s going to be a good long time before you make a profit that way, or you just got to be really freaking good.

Anne: Exactly, and that, that is the rare occurrence of maybe, you know, a certain tiny percent –

Gabby: Yeah.

Anne: – of the population. And even if you have amazing pipes, let’s be real. It’s all so subjective, number one, but number two, there are some people who have really, really pretty unique voices you can classify in that small percentage of, yeah, they’ve got good genes.

Gabby: Mm-hmm.

Anne: [laughs] They have got a beautiful voice. Even if you have that, if you don’t have the business sense, or you don’t have the desire to really go out there and market yourself or have someone market you, you’re not going to make it.

Gabby: I’m also very cautious of the rejection piece. If you can’t handle rejection, if you can’t handle being told no, if you can’t handle being told you’re not good or not good enough, don’t do this.

Anne: There’s so many things that I think are awesome about doing this that we can, that we’ve just mentioned, that you can learn. It’s like a whole new kind of territory, if you’re not used to entrepreneurship and creating and building a business. It’s, there’s so much of this that is such a fun journey, I think, but it’s hard. You know, it’s not – and we even have an episode on that, right, how hard it is? But it’s not without its merits, for sure.

Gabby: No, but there are also plenty of people out there who are more than thrilled to capitalize on that uncertainty –

Anne: Yeah.

Gabby: – and the question that so many new folks ask, and that idea of “can I make it?” There are loads of coaches and companies that would gladly take lots and lots of money from you –

Anne: Yeah.

Gabby: – to maybe, kind of, sort of answer that question.

Anne: Those of course are the ones we always like to tell you to watch out for and be careful. So I understand the question. I understand like they don’t want to make an investment if they don’t have what it takes theoretically, but honestly, it, it really comes down to knowing a little bit about yourself, knowing a little bit about how you tackle new challenges, and also a little bit of street smarts, which we even have an episode on that, as Gabby just mentioned, people that are going to capitalize on that question and telling you the answer, “yes, yes, yes, it just takes a weekend of workshops, and we’ll make a demo for you, and then, then you can make thousands of dollars or millions of dollars.” Yeah, watch out for that.

Gabby: The other thing I think is really important for this is people look realistically at their individual situation. And yeah, you’re right, we’ve gone into this topic in a lot of sort of segmented ways and a lot of different episodes, but we’ve never addressed it full on like this. I had an email yesterday from a woman who said to me, “I’m a single mom, and I have five kids, and I want to get into voiceover.”

Anne: Goodness.

Gabby: And my gut reaction was, “no, you don’t.”

Anne: God no. Yeah.

Gabby: No, you do not.

Anne: Yeah, run the other way.

Gabby: Right. Like how –

[both laugh]

Gabby: Like that’s the crazy part to me is that –

Anne: Yeah.

Gabby: – there’s still that romanticized –