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Morals and Money

with Erikka J

You deserve to take up space & feel valued for the work you are doing! In this episode, Anne & Erikka discuss how saying no to jobs can help build your career as much as saying yes! Often, there is morality involved with the decision to lend your voice to a person or company. In making these difficult choices, it is essential to keep your brand & personal integrity aligned with the jobs you take. A #VOBOSS has the confidence to say no, and if you need a little help...your favorite hosts are here to help.

Anne & Erikka consider the moral weight of accepting jobs + building the confidence to say no to work that doesn't align with your values…

"If you have a job and they're not treating you right, find something else." - Erikka

About Erikka

DC born, Atlanta based voice actor, singer/songwriter and entertainer Erikka J is known for her rich powerhouse vocals, soulful tenor to soprano range, and commanding stage presence. As a writer, she is dedicated to giving her fans, or "Jewels" as she has named them, meaningful, honest, and relatable lyrics. During her time in Richmond, Virginia a reputation for delivering quality, heartfelt, attention grabbing performances earned her the honor of opening for Grammy-winning recording artist Chrisette Michele. Erikka has headlined events at notable venues such as DC's historic Blues Alley Jazz Club and the Dumfries Summer Concert Series. Though classically trained at DC's Duke Ellington School of the Arts and influenced by vocal staples such as Mary J. Blige and Billie Holiday, Erikka has a deep rooted love for hip-hop that is evident in her delivery. She lives up to her "Natural Born Hustler" mantra with accomplishments such as landing music video placements on BET Soul,,, and Russell Simmons' All Def Digital YouTube channel, as well as lending her voice over talents to notable clients such as Google, Amazon, Apple News+, and the DC Lottery.

Top 10 Takeaways

Quick-share concepts from today’s episode:

  1. Turning down jobs can be as impactful to your career as the jobs you take. #VOBOSS

  2. Saying yes to jobs not only commits your voice but your brand to that particular person or company. #VOBOSS

  3. In saying no to jobs, you are making room in your schedule for the right jobs.

  4. Research the clients and companies you commit your voice to before saying yes.

  5. It is hard to create a believable performance when you don’t align with the values of a spot. #VOBOSS

  6. Understand why you are saying yes to jobs. Is it because you have a scarcity mindset?

  7. Confidence in your abilities will help you say no to jobs & during job negotiations.

  8. Don’t be afraid to fire clients if they don’t value you. #VOBOSS

  9. There will always be buyers who are price driven and those who are value driven.

  10. Businesses don’t say yes to every partnership, why should you? Your VO career is a business! #VOBOSS

"Understand that what you do is of value." - Anne

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