Nathan Beatty Voice Over

This site is where you can find more information about Nathan Beatty, an experienced voice over actor based in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Nathan has been a stage actor for over a decade working both on and off stage in over 50 different productions.  Nathan's voice is the neighbor next door.  The friend you trust.  A casual guy.  His voice can also be the young boy hero ready for adventure.  The old jaded mentor.  The silly friend who's sole purpose is to make you laugh. Nathan has worked on various web videos on a number of topics and multiple sales oriented audiobooks. With a wide range of vocal talent Nathan is more than capable to help you with your project.

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Staying Motivated

Like with most things in life it is hard to stay motivated sometimes.  Sometimes you don't want to do the thing you need to do.  Whether it is going to the gym, cleaning the bathroom, or even getting in the booth to practice.  

In voice over we are told we shouldn't do this for the money.  (And that's true!) We need to have a passion for what we do and do it because we love it.  But you know what, I love a lot of things but sometimes, I would just rather sit and watch a Murder, She Wrote instead.  There is even a great saying that puts some perspective on this quite nicely:

An amateur is someone who does something they love whenever they want to do it.  A professional is someone who does something they love even when they don't want to do it.  

I can't remember where I got that quote from (and if you recognize it and know it's source please let me know so I can give credit) but I think it perfectly encapsulates what being a professional is compared to having a hobby.  There are sometimes when I don't want to get in that booth.  I've had a long day, the kid was fighting tooth and nail to not go to bed, and dammit I just want to play a video game and go to sleep.  I'll admit there have been some nights when I've done just that.  But you know what, if you are truly committed to making this your career then you will set the distractions aside and do what you need to do.  Whether it be market research, training, practice, a job that needs done, whatever.  

How do you stay motivated?  I don't know, how do you?  That is a question only you can answer.  There are hundreds of ways you can try to stay motivated and 99.9% won't work.  It's finding that 0.1% that is the tricky part. 

For me, it's my failures.  Confused?  Let me explain.  When I think back on all that I've done, be it in voice over, my "day job", etc I inevitably think about my failures.  Why?  That's a question for my therapist but for today's purposes I have found that it can actually help motivate me.  When I think how I didn't work hard enough at that job, or I messed up my chances with a specific client, or how I didn't practice and played video games instead I think, "Never again."  I'm going to pick myself up and use that failure as a reminder on how not to do things.  While successes are great, it's your failures that can teach you so much more.  

I realize this might not be for everyone.  It can be all too easy to fall into a spiral thinking of how much you screwed everything up.  But for me and my twisted psyche I figured that my brain is going to focus on those things anyway, I should use it to my advantage.  So far, it's done quite well.

How do you stay motivated?   Leave a comment below or drop me a line at nate@nathanbeattyvo.com  Thanks again!

Online Presence is Important!

So in this day and age, online presence is extremely important no matter what your industry is in.  If someone can't pull you up on a search engine to get more information about you and your products or services you are leaving a TON of money on the table.  

We all know that.  The basics are simple:

  1. Have a website
  2. A dedicated email address for the work
  3. Social Media Profiles on all the big platforms

If you have all those, that's great.  You are doing well.  But you could be doing better!  Here are three of biggest mistakes you are making:

  1. Your website is one from a "free hosting" service or a blog site.  Or, even if you do pay for hosting, the site doesn't look professional.  You need to show your prospective clients and customers that you are invested in what you are doing.  Having a professional looking website with a web address that matches or is similar to the name of your business tells your prospects that you mean business.  It tells them the business is important to you, and therefore they will be important to you.  (Squarespace and Wix are great web hosting services where you can make professional looking website rather easily and it's relatively inexpensive.)
  2. You have a dedicated email address but it's a gmail account or yahoo.  While it's great you have an email just for your business, if it's "soandso@gmail.com" it makes it seem like this is just a hobby for you.  Just like not having a professional website this tells your clients your not 100% invested.  (Gmail and other mail services can be tailored to say something else than @gmail.com.  A lot of web hosting services offer email addresses that match your website.)
  3. You never post to your social media profiles.  Now this one I'm guilty of I'll admit.  I understand, life gets busy and you lose track of time and things get missed.  It makes sense.  But the problem is when new clients, or even repeat customers, find your profiles and see that you haven't posted since 2013 that looks bad.  You may be active and up on your work but you may be losing potential clients because they think you are no longer in business.  Even just a post a week or even a month will do.  Just to let your people know you are still out there and still active.  In the grand scheme of things it's not a lot!

These are mistakes that people from all types of businesses and services make.  No matter what your niche is, these tips can help you find newer clients and retain ones you already have.  They are small, but very important changes you can make to improve your business today.  

I hope you find these tips and tricks informative.  (I'll leave SEO for another day.) Drop me a line at nate@nathanbeattyvo.com if you have any questions.  Thanks again!