Advice to the 20-Somethings Who May be in the Voice Acting Class

The Voice Acting Class at City College is not a class of 20-somethings. It is usually a class of 20-30-40-50-somethings, with all the various life experiences that brings.

This is a good thing! And I look forward each semester to just what mix of ages and personalities will be attending.

But, there will likely be a few more 20-somethings in the class than other age groups, so I wanted to provide a link to an article from Forbes titled “20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get.”

Some of the points really resonated with me and are something to think about before the first day of class…and if you are not in the 20-something group, I actually think this is good advice for everyone. We sometimes forget the lessons we learned!

The first is about talent. You must be able to 1) know if you have it, 2) know if you can control it, and 3) know how to capitalize on it. This is NOT a 20-something issue – it affects anyone who thinks/knows they are talented. In fact, the harsh reality is that many people who THINK they are talented may not actually BE talented – and some who ARE talented will simply not be able to capitalize on it. That is the point of the point.

You’re Talented, But Talent is Overrated – Congratulations, you may be the most capable, creative, knowledgeable & multi-tasking generation yet.  As my father says, “I’ll Give You a Sh-t Medal.”  Unrefined raw materials (no matter how valuable) are simply wasted potential.  There’s no prize for talent, just results.  Even the most seemingly gifted folks methodically and painfully worked their way to success.  (Tip: read “Talent is Overrated”)

The second point taken from their 20 points is more of a life thing – not just a voice acting class thing. Show initiative in every aspect of your life! No one owes you anything. Don’t expect to have life handed to you on a plate. And if you have had an easy time of things – look out when you step out on your own!

Don’t Wait to Be Told What to Do – You can’t have a sense of entitlement without a sense of responsibility.  You’ll never get ahead by waiting for someone to tell you what to do.  Saying “nobody asked me to do this” is a guaranteed recipe for failure.  Err on the side of doing too much, not too little.  (Watch: Millennials in the Workplace Training Video)

There was another on Mentors that I need to think about myself. I never actively sought out Mentors, but I guess there were people I looked up to and learned from…probably the same thing without the formality.

You Need At Least 3 Professional Mentors – The most guaranteed path to success is to emulate those who’ve achieved what you seek.  You should always have at least 3 people you call mentors who are where you want to be.  Their free guidance and counsel will be the most priceless gift you can receive.  (TIP:  “The Secret to Finding and Keeping Mentors”)

So, 20-somethings – read the rest of the article. Every other somethings, spend a few minutes and read it too. Couldn’t hurt!


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