Recently, I joined an online auditioning site for voice over (VO) talent. The site provides a way to bring VO talent together with clients needing VO services. Before joining this site I spent very little time actually practicing my VO skills, since I was primarily focused on where to find clients. As a result, my VO skills didn’t improve as much as I would have liked.
Immediately after joining the site, I created a system for myself where I audition for a certain number of VO gigs per day, every day. It’s not a large number of gigs. It’s actually on the small side. However, one thing I’ve been surprised by is how much my reads have improved after such a short time of consistently following my system.
The act of daily auditioning, which equates to practice, has started to compound. It’s this compounding effect of relatively small numbers done consistently over time that will yield significant results. This principle is true for anyone, whether you’re seeking to improve your VO skills, lose weight and get in shape, start a business, or become a better parent, spouse, or friend. Never underestimate the power of small effort consistently applied over time. It’s an often overlooked strategy.
Are there areas in your life where you could stand to make progress, but perhaps feel you can’t commit large amounts of time to commit to it? Decide on a small amount of time, or other measure of output, that you can commit to working toward your objective on a daily basis, and get started today. Don’t worry about how small your efforts are, or how big your objective is. Just focus on causing a consistent effort. You’ll be amazed at the progress you make in 1, 6, or 12 months and beyond.