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Step Up to the Mic: A Positive Approach to Succeeding in Voice-Overs Paperback – March 15, 2007
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of good manners & correct behavior, tech terms
and much much more that one does not learn in a
college atmosphere because Rodney Saulsberry is
a prime example of a person with great aspirations
who made it to the top via dedication & determination.
And for the next 100 or so pages, he does just that. Using affirmations, games and mini-pep talks Rodney has put together a "pick me up" for those times when the ugly realities of this business show their faces.
Conversationally written, there's not much new or deep here, if you've read any general self help books. But the difference with this book is I felt like I was having a conversation with my best friend in the business. Someone who really understands what it's like to be called into an audition and mentally wrestle with the egos and the drama in the room AND still give a great audition.
It's okay to be manically happy, angry, bewildered, nervous and/or frustrated at times...for a second... then put away the pity party and get back to the work of building and maintaining a successful career..
Step up To The Mic, fits well into the current resurgence in Positive Thinking and Attraction Thinking. Best of all, since Rodney's "one of us" he includes relatable examples from the real world of voice over.
My favorite part of the book is that it also includes "do it yourself" examples for creating a positive approach to your voice-over career. Utilizing visualization, affirmation and journaling techniques, Mr. Saulsberry gives you kick starts to turn your attitude around immediately.
Step up To the Mic gives a refreshing boost to anyone in the business who has struggled with the ups and downs of making a living in VO. It's a book I plan on coming back to often in the new year.
While the book is geared toward voice-over artists, there were also several hints anyone would find helpful, such as maintaining a positive attitude, giving each assignment your all, and being a team player. In the back of the book, Saulsberry provided exercises to help forge and maintain the positivity that is so crucial to getting ahead. In addition, he included bits of wisdom from some of the industry's top performers.
Full of insight from a voice-over industry's veteran, STEP UP TO THE MIC was an enjoyable read. Saulsberry's writing was casual, yet informative. While it provides knowledge to all readers, the value of the book is even more beneficial for voice-over hopefuls.
Reviewed by CandaceK
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers