My Noodle

Voice Over Woes, Part 2

I open my Voice123 projects page to see what I can audition for. It’s been a couple of days since I’ve auditioned for anything. There is a list of 9 auditions, ready for me to get after them. I look at that list of auditions and then suddenly I say…

Fuck this bullshit.

And I close the projects page.

Clearly, I have an attitude problem.

I’ve been on Voice123 for one and a half months and I’ve turned in 23 auditions so far. Three of them were “liked”. None of them garnered me any moola. I was auditioning for things that I was pretty sure that I wouldn’t get because they included “young woman” in the key words, but I was like, hey! You don’t know what they really want! Maybe they will hear your 58-year-old voice and love it!

I think I’m doing it wrong. Shooting myself in the foot. Barkingup the wrong tree. Sticking my foot in the wrong ass when it needs to go up my own.

My thinking needs to pivot. Things need to change.

I need a Reality Check.

Reality Check

I had a dream! A dream of a beautiful life doing Voice Over in the morning and freelance software testing in the afternoon! I would make a lot more money than I had at my previous job, and I would be in control of my life and my career!

Yeah, right.

Let’s start with Voice Over.

No matter how many classes I’ve taken and no matter that there is a vocal booth set up in the middle of my living room and no matter that I have the software I need to edit, Voice Over is still acting. You don’t just suddenly have a career where you don’t have to have an outside job. It takes time. You need time to get experience and establish relationships. And you may not ever be able to quit your day job.

So, that part of the equation is unrealistic.

Now you might think, well, Karin, why not just increase the freelancing to make up the money you’re not making at Voice Over?

Let’s continue with Freelancing.

I set up an account on UpWork and started looking for job. Do you know that the software testing jobs on there are setting their prices at $12 per hour? There are people out there “software testing” for under minimum wage! And UpWork takes 20% of that!

Software Testing, when done right, is hard. No one with the skill to truly test software would ever take a $12 per hour job like that. I’m a Seattle Techie. It makes me sick! I’d rather go scoop ice cream at Blue Bird down the street! At least I’d make minimum wage!

Fuck this bullshit!

And I logout.

Two days later I get an email from UpWork saying that I lost my “Rising Star” status until I did a list of actions.

It’s supposed to help me get work, not embroil me in a social media game of likes and rankings and other bullshit.

Side Note: I heard that Fivver dings the freelancers if they don’t respond within 24 hours to every message. Sometimes the conversation is complete. Doesn’t matter, you have to reply AGAIN. It’s like Fivver doesn’t understand how communication works!

Breathe Karin….


Then there is the question of motivation.

I got into this thing because of Nancy Cartwright’s MasterClass. She was having so much fun and had such a positive energy all I could think was “I want some of that!”

But she does animation. She’s the voice of Bart Simpson, among others.

I’m on Voice123 looking at auditions for podcasts and web videos.

Where are the cartoon dogs? Where are the crazy characters?

Then I go through the process of getting my “voice print”, which tells me the types of jobs I’d be good for. What’s on the list? Medical and Insurance! Deep down, I have problems with both industries. People keep telling me, well that’s your bread and butter! Or, well, that’s what you’re going to do!

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m quite willing to do these types of spots. But I’m not going to jump through hoops to do them.

The whole point of this was to have fun and to eventually do animation!

I just want to have some fun before I keel over dead!

Fuck this bullshit!

I need to get back to the original inspiration. I need to get my motivation back. I need to reorganize how I do things.

I need to pivot.

Time to Pivot

I’m going to change the way I’m doing all of this.

First, Voice Over.

  • I’m going to try to do animation, even if only for myself, to remind me why I came.
  • I’m going to get the next higher membership level for Voice123 so that I get more auditions.
  • I will only do the auditions I actually have a chance of getting.
  • I will do no auditions that set off alarm bells or seem weird.
  • Voice Over is now part-time.

Second, UpWork.

  • I will take some time during March to see if there is a way I can get money out of the platform.
  • No software testing unless they pay me properly.
  • I will not act like a media circus clown to get attention.

Third, Actual Work.

  • If UpWork is a bust, it’s time to go back to work.
  • But not until April since I’m doing a sketch comedy show and we have a billion rehearsals all month.
  • I will reach out to peeps first, then to the world at large.
  • I’m thinking of contracting again so that I get regular time off. 11 years with not a lot of time off was hard on me.

So, that’s it. Thanks for listening to me gripe. It really helps me to write it out.