How Important Is The “Talent” In Voice Talent?

by Bill DeWees on December 30, 2010

One of my voice over clients is the company getAbstrast (www.getAbstract.com).  They have the largest online library of business book summaries in the world.  I love to read business literature so I jumped at the opportunity to record audio book summaries for them.  I recently narrated an audio book summary which further confirmed a suspicion I’ve had for quite a while in regards to the importance of innate talent.  Specifically the secondary role of God-given, natural talent.

In the book “Bounce” written by sports journalist and UK table tennis champion Matthew Sayed, the long held belief that the world’s top performers excel because of “natural” talent is challenged through emerging scientific research.  The premise of Sayed’s book is that the discipline of consistent, focused practice trumps natural ability.  He even goes on to argue that it applies to world class performers.  Everyone form Mozart to Mohammed Ali.

This is good news!  Your success as a voice over talent has less to do with your natural “talent” than it has to do with your dedication, drive, and determination (don’t forgot those 3D’s!) to be the best you can be!  We can achieve most anything we desire if we’re willing to do the hard work (i.e., training, practice, and market, market, market!).  In the end, it’s the dedicated who remain standing, not necessarily the most “talented.”

In college I was introduced to the following quote by President Calvin Coolidge.  It’s has inspired me and given me the confidence to stay the course and pursue my dreams….even when I feel like giving up.  Post it somewhere where you’ll see it often and be encouraged to “press on.”

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”

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Who Is Bill DeWees and Voice-Over-Training.org

Bill DeWees is a professional voice over talent and voice over coach. Bill's voice over credits inlude Warner Bros, Microsoft, Dell, National Geographic, AstraZeneca, Whirlpool, Quicken and many more household names both globally and across the US.

Bill's website www.Voice-Over-Training.org provides valuable voice over training including techniques to record better voice overs, strategies to close more voice over jobs and step by step methods to build a voice over career and business.

Bill DeWees delivers his own style of voice over training through a range of engaging online courses, live workshops, events and personal one on one coaching sharing all his secrets from his own 6-figure voice over business to help you build yours. To connect with Bill or get additional information visit Voice-Over-Training.org

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Tom Hatting January 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Great stuff, Bill. You should read Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers”. It really explains the concept of excellence and who excels.

Any idea when you’ll start coaching (professionally)?

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