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More than I would like to admit, the first auditions I went through were one of the most nerve-wracking and challenging things I could possibly undergo. I sat there, psyching myself up for the take, visualizing different cadences, checking the tone and pitch of my voice, getting the general flow of the recording, until I was sure I got the perfect routine. Maybe a lot of you went through the same process, and then, leaning into the mic, you absolutely nailed it, just like you pictured.You’ve definitely got the job, no questions. But wait, no – what? You were rejected? After all that work? It was heartbreaking.

I’m here to tell you that that’s a good thing.

The reality is that every rejection actually comes with valuable – and necessary – lessons. By auditioning repeatedly, what you’re actually doing is honing your abilities and learning how to gauge what works well in different situations. Any feedback you receive is just going to help you build your library of variable expressions.

And you may not realize it, but not every auditioner is good at recognizing how their voice would actually fit well for the job. It’s frustrating, but remember that the more you get your voice out there, the more people will remember it and actually seek you out for your unique skillset. By auditioning constantly, you’re building a solid network of clients, for which you will graciously thank yourself down the road. The key to success is persistence; it’s not fast and easy, but if you put in enough work, people will notice.

It sounds like a cliché, but there are many, many examples of successful entertainers who struggled for years before landing routine gigs – these things truly take time. For example, look at the comedian Louis CK; he broke his back thanklessly in comedy clubs for over a decade before really achieving anything at all. In fact, he was so traumatized by his first standup gig that he didn’t perform again for over two years.

As another example, you may not know that filmmaker Steven Spielberg was actually rejected from film school three times. The man is now worth over $6 billion. Similarly, Elvis Presley was summarily fired after his first performance at the Grand Ole Opry. The manager told him, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son.”

Let’s be clear – rejection is tough. But you’re tougher. So get the mic on and audition, don’t give up easily and you’ll rock your voice over career.