Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Insights from the Mentor Program: David Goddette

"You know you're passionate when you turn the volume up during commercials and down during the music. It's annoying, I know... " -- David Goddette, from the Mentor Program

David Goddette found out about the Mentor Program through a simple Google search with the words "voice over training". After watching the video "A Day in the Life of a Voice-Over Artist" with Brian Thon, he decided to give it a shot.

David had always been interested in voice-over work. After working in radio for a while, he realized that he had some great potential to make more money using his voice, and he explored his opportunities with other companies before landing on the Mentor Program. David started working one on one with Producer and Coach Brian Thon.

David was hoping that Brian would critique his voice-over skills, but he didn't realize that he would get so much more. With Brian, he had the opportunity to bounce ideas, thoughts and opinions off a real voice-over professional and get constructive feedback.

David says, "
The Mentor Program gives me real goals to achieve, instead of swinging the bat and hoping to connect. You can waste a lot of time trying to be a voiceover artist ... The Mentor Program gets you organized, informed and equipped to make the connections needed to move forward and be a voiceover artist."

One of the keys to success that David learned is that branding is just as important as his voice over technique. By developing his website, and by using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, David is getting his statement and his brand out there. The voice over jobs are starting to roll in, and David is seeing the synergy of his efforts.

In the months and years to come, David says,
"I'll accomplish my goals through a clear vision of where I see myself in 5, 10, and 20 years from now. I know where I want to be, and I now know how to get there!"

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