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!

Auditioning and Rejection

The vast amount of digital ink that has been spilled on this topic is mind boggling.  That being said I still wanted to share my approach to the subject.  I cannot remember the source but I once heard this adage about auditioning:

Audition like you have already landed the gig.

This is the great way to approach auditioning.  Obviously don't be a putz about it.  Be gracious and thankful for the opportunity but believe in your heart of hearts that you have already got the job.  Your confidence will shine through and it can only help you.  

But now here comes the hard part: Walk away.  Forget about it.  Move On.  Once the audition is over do everything in your power to focus on the next one and whatever you do, do not waste time thinking about the previous audition.  To take the above bit of wisdom and tweak it a bit I came up with this:

The next gig you are going to get, is your NEXT audition.

Simple really.  Audition for a gig like you have it.  Then when you are done focus on the next audition and believe you landed that one.  Forget about the previous one.  Rinse. Repeat.  If you don't have another audition lined up, then focus on lining one up like you are lining up your next job.  Rinse. Repeat.  The reality is rejection is a large part of this industry and the faster one learns how to deal with that, the better their chance of success.

If you have a specific way to deal with auditioning and handling rejection, leave a comment or drop me a line at nate@nathanbeattyvo.com .  Thanks again!

Break a leg!

House of Business Cards

A lot of digital ink has been spilled on the virtues and follies of business cards.  There also has been a lot different ideas on how to do something that will "stand out" among all the other ideas.  In fact I've seen more than one article advising to go with just normal old business cards because in the current world of glossy, rhombus shaped business cards they have circled back around to standing out again.  I frankly can't speak to what is the best course of action when choosing your cards.  The truth is different tactics are going to work for different agencies and clients.  There is not a universal solution here.  

One thing is for certain though, it is a mistake to not have a calling card of some kind.  If you don't have something physical you can give to people one out in the world then you are ignoring a potentially valuable revenue stream.  And much like how a professional website and email make you look more invested, so does a professional looking business card.  You have taken the time, effort, and money to create something for your business.  This tells people this isn't a hobby for you.  This is something you are invested in.  So if they become one of you clients then you will be invested in them.

So whatever you do, be it a post card, a double sided glossy triangle, or a regular old business card be sure it looks nice and has all the relevant contact information.  The standard phone, email, and website will do.  (NOTE: I'm speaking from a VO talent perspective, this advice is applicable to other businesses and industries so be sure you aren't omitting relevant information from your neck of the business world.)  Also, if you are the type that doesn't really know what makes a professional business card look professional, get some advice from someone you know who has an "eye" for those sorts of things.  Or, even better, go simple.  The simpler the better.  

Hope this entry was helpful and informative.  Let me know if you have any questions at nate@nathanbeattyvo.com