It’s totally normal when you’re starting out in voiceover to seek validation, trust me I’ve been there! But it’s a debilitating and wasteful use of your time and energy.
Nobody starts out great. Let me repeat that: Nobody. Starts. Out. Great! If you think it’s possible to be born with every skill needed to do any kind of voiceover session, you’re incorrect. And skills aren’t enough, an arguably more important quality to possess is confidence.
Stop looking for validation that you’re great, because you almost definitely aren’t yet. Constantly looking for that proof is holding you back. So liberate yourself from that fruitless search!
We are not training to be doctors, this isn’t as challenging and arduous, but a combination of developed skills and confidence will be the key to you fulfilling your potential as a voice actor, and there’s very little fast-tracking when it comes to nailing both of those things.
An encouraging comment from a coach, a few likes on Facebook, a pat on the back from a client - these are all nice things to receive, but these micro doses of dopamine subside very quickly. Truly applicable lessons and sustainable confidence is forged over time by training, completing challenging projects, and overcoming the occasional faceplant.
I'm a British voiceover actor based in the US. I'm host of the VO School podcast and co-chair of VOcation Conference.