Recently I reread Dale Carnegie’s, How To Win Friends And Influence People. I haven’t read this book since college & even then I’m sure I read it so fast that hardly anything sunk in. There’s a reason this book has sold 15 million copies. Carnegie believed that most successes come from an ability to communicate effectively rather than from brilliant insights. His book teaches these skills by showing readers how to value others and make them feel appreciated. Professor John Dewey says, “the desire to be important is the deepest urge in human nature” and I’m inclined to agree with him.
If you’re in the business of show business, you’re in the business of self promotion. You have to be. You are your biggest fan and there’s nobody else on this planet who thinks about you more than yourself. That being said, braggadocious behavior is frowned upon in most circles. Self promotion is one of the (many) conundrums of this business, yet it is an essential component to success.
One of the reasons we started Voxy Ladies is so that we could not only promote ourselves but other actors as well. There’s a certain sense of fulfillment that comes from taking a moment or two to encourage someone else & to brag a little on their behalf. Which brings me to my next point, which I’m sure you saw coming from a mile away (insert winky face emoticon here)!
Voxy Lady, Alicyn Packard , voice of Little Miss Sunshine as well as a handful of characters on Nickelodeons Olivia and many others, and most recently the voice of Alma on Poppy Cat currently airing on PBS….drumroll please….after 3 weeks on the air, Poppy Cat is rated the #1 show on PBS Sprout! Way to go Alicyn, keep knockin’ em out of the park!