For many people the need to find a different career path is necessary. Necessary in the fact that they just CANNOT continue to do what they've been doing because they don't get along with their boss or co-workers, hate the commute, or just plain want to do something different.
For me, it was a little bit of all of them.
If someone were to ask me what the most important thing is I've learned while persuing my VO career, I'd have to say that it's one of the friendliest and most competitive jobs I've had. Let me explain.
Although we all compete against every other VO artist out there for the available jobs, I believe that we compete more against ourselves. We compete with ourselves in order to get better every single day. So what's odd about that you ask? Well, the other VO artists that are out there searching and auditioning for the same work that I am, I've come to discover, are some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet. Outside of the fact that I don't sound like everyone else, not all VO artists have the skills I have... and I don't have the skills that others do.
I recently attended a two-day VO training in Las Vegas and although I knew no one when I arrived, I met some the kindest and most sincere people I've ever met. These folks are true professionals and absolutely love what they do. Not only were they willing to share their stories of successes and failures, they did so to help someone else succeed and understand the pitfalls they experienced. The amount of support, training and education that each person provided to the other artists was amazing.
So while it is a friendly competition like most jobs, there is an aspect that includes enjoying the company of friends and like-minded people while sharing our stories of auditioning, editing, recording, and yes... competition within the industry.