It often takes many years.I recently heard an interview with John Mayer on the CBC Radio One program "Q" with Jian Ghomeshi. If you've never listed to this show, by all means check it out. It's streamed on the Internet, rebroadcast in edited form on American Public Radio and available via RSS feed as a podcast.
Now, when I listen to the radio I usually multi-task and was busy doing something else when I heard that interview. I stopped what I was doing to make some notes so I could write about it here. It suddenly dawned on me that the John Mayer analogy applies to other situations as well including TV news broadcasters, who are are prime example of this. The young journalist comes out of college with this raw energy, armed with new tools and a big vocabulary. They spend several years in very small television markets maturing and learning how to best to use those new tools and discovering their niche.
Then it it hit me. The same thing happens in our world of voiceover. A new voice talent is eager to use all the tools he or she has acquired during the many hours of coaching and classes undertaken to enter this field of work. I think that's one of the reasons that many of the leaders in our industry are quick to point out that it take several years of perseverance before success can be realized. During those years the talent matures and discovers a particular niche, like: character voices or storytelling or medicalnarration. It often takes time to figure out strengths and weaknesses. Like John Mayer said it might be several years before a talent can properly and appropriately articulate with the VOICE. Instant success is rare and often peppered with years of struggle learning to use that voice in a way that is marketable. Even seasoned talent have to occasionally rediscover and retool to keep up with the trends and the demands of an ever changing youth driven industry.
So what do you think? Am I in the ball park here?