There ARE points for Second Place

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Naysayers And Crayons

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Tom Skerritt's character "Viper" says somberly to the Top Gun squad at one point: "There are no points for second place."

At this point I would like to fall out of line and call BS to that....SIR!  And I will explain to you why, Sir. *salutes*

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Before I do that, I realize from the get-go that this blog may ruffle some feathers.  Sometimes even in the best community, you do not have "glunity" (see my face-melting post from a few weeks ago).  There are those who love to look at every little thing with suspicion and throw shade on even the best of intentions.

To those people I say: I have neither the time nor the crayons to explain inspiration to you.

In fact, those who trust me and like what I post are happier, more intelligent, and better-looking than those who do not, according to a study I just made up.

There is no boasting in this blog.  Boasting is perceived by those who are jealous.  Inspiration is perceived by those who long for success, and, more importantly, choose to celebrate others’ success.  It has been a long time since I hosted my last “VoiceOverdrive” weekly business report on Instagram, but I remember well how many people tuned in and wanted to see that a career in voiceovers is truly possible.  It has always been my heart to do a few things in my voiceover career:

  • Inspire
  • Prove that that inspiration is not hollow, and
  • Perform the very first naked voiceover from the Great Red Spot on Jupiter

 

I am therefore now going to recount my own year in voiceovers and show you, dear reader, once again, that it truly is possible to enjoy a career in voiceovers.  I hope the one thing that this blog lays on thick is a creamy topping of…Pure. Unadulterated. Inspiration.

As a bit of a recap, here is 2021 for comparison:

  • In 2021, I made $384,218.54 in voiceover-related pursuits (between jobs, business coaching, and supplemental books sales and sales of other products) and was awarded roughly 721 jobs.
  • Voice123, where I concentrate most of my new-client P2P efforts, saw me receive 246 of those jobs.
  • My daily average income was $1044.60.
  • I published 47 blogs in 2021.

 

2021 was a great and tremendous year of success for me and my family.

 

A 2022 Review In Slot Number Two

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So how did this year stack up?  Hop on board the Josh Alexander Time Machine Express!

On January 22nd of this year, Bubbytown Studios was born.  This was a complete build-out of an 880sf shop in our backyard that had only one limited electrical outlet.  $60,338.40 and three months later, it was up and running: complete with full electrical, five motion sensor lights, A/C heat pump with two mini-splits, luxury vinyl plank, attic access, insulation, recessed lighting, windows, alarm system, a closet, a rec-room, an office, and a completely standalone studio booth designed soundly from expert booth construction tips garnered online.  For this investment into my business, I obtained a HELOC for a little over half the balance intending to pay cash…and ended up not touching it at all.  I paid cash for this studio.  Cash from voiceovers.

December 2020 - my highest revenue month ever - I made $39,535,87.  I have hit $38k three times One of those $38k months was March of this year.  But December of this year?  I finally cleared $40k, with a grand total of $40,117 in a single month.

On Black Friday 2021 I purchased the car of my dreams (until one of you buys me that Corvette Stingray I just wrote about): a 2021 two-tone Nissan Rogue, specially ordered, for $43,668.  On July 6th, less than 8 months after receiving it, I paid it off completely.  In cash.  Cash from voiceovers.

In the last week of April, I was awarded 25 jobs: one of my highest weeks ever.

On May 16th, I purchased first class tickets to Atlanta for VO Atlanta 2023.  With cash.  Cash from voiceovers.  **Update: I have decided to not attend in 2023, regrettably.

July saw me produce a brand new website for my blog: this one!  I am so thankful for all of my readers and fellow voiceover colleagues who allow me to steal your time away each week with the promise that you will perfect your ability to sleep while reading.

I was apparently not done with websites yet: August saw me launch my business coaching endeavors with Super Voiceover Coaching.  To date I have enjoyed 30 clients, most likely because this new website starts with "super."

In October, I joined a top-tier legitimate voiceover talent agency and am still on a trial basis.  I have been placed on hold for jobs twice…just waiting for my ship to come in.  I will let you know the agency name in due time. No, it is not Idiom Talent.  Scroll back and you will see that I clearly said "top-tier" and "legitimate," not "pretend" and "hootenanny."

In November of this year, I traded in our malfunctioning 2020 Honda Odyssey van for a 2023 upgrade, a “Touring” Edition.  Our old van's audio system was constantly and inexplicably crackling, and I had brought it in for repairs five times.  Each time they would say it was fixed, yet it was not.  I could not stand it any further, and all attempts at a bona fide exorcism had failed.  Also chanting naked around a fire with sticks did nothing.  So we brought the old one in, upgraded, with a balance after trade-in of $13,000.  I paid that off in a little over a month.  In cash.  Cash from voiceovers.  Also I now dance indoors while fully clothed.

In late December I received a massive payment from a series of renewal spots, and paid off our BECU Visa, our Honda (see above), and my Apple Card.  In cash.  Cash from voiceovers.

I published 52 blogs this year, including my 250th in February.

My daily average income was $947.94.  From voiceovers.

So…did I beat last year?

No.

I made $364,903.51 ($19,315.03 less), and was awarded roughly 686 jobs (35 less).  But my average per-job-payout (not my daily average) actually rose.  And Voice123 was not bad either, seeing 234 customers.  Also, repeat customers now makes up 43.46% of my business, with 985 total jobs and $517,553 in revenue since 2016.  Since 2016, I have made $1.2M in voiceovers.  Not too shabby for a former wedding videographer.  If you ever told me I would be making six figures thrice over using my voice, I would have replied in Latin that you were non compos mentis, which, once translated into Alexanderese, is "cuckoo crackerbats in your upstairs noodle loaf."

One of the ways that I mark how successful a year has been is:

  1. how much debt we have at the end of it
  2. how many presents there are under the tree
  3. how much money we have given away
  4. does Jupiter still have a Great Red Spot for me to record naked in

 

We have very little debt now save our mortgage, though we have arranged to have windows replaced on our home starting in February.  In all honesty, that one is a HELOC. But we will pay it off in time. 😊

I spent a fortune on presents this year for my loved ones, because we were able to, and out of the bounty God gave us, I wanted to pass that on, even though I am well aware of the Christmas rules:

And this year, we gave away $23,638.61 in church tithes and donations, not counting personal property such as an old TV and sound system, and always buying food for regular Friday night pizza nights with our neighbors virtually every week.  Also not counting books I have produced and paid for, and given away for free.  The previous year we gave away $16,234.92 in tithes and donations.  I count that increase in giving of nearly $8000 a GREAT success.

And Jupiter still has the red spot.  Please look away as I remove my clothing.

 

Secrets to My Voiceover Success

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  1. Incredulity – I cannot believe how fortunate I am.
  2. Gratitude – that incredulity leads to an overwhelming sense of gratitude at the provision given.
  3. Nonconformism / not afraid to risk – it is not very easy to swim against the stream. But doing so has allowed me to publish five books and nearly 300 blogs, speak at conferences, lead a massive Facebook group, and more.  I am not afraid to risk.
  4. Consistency – I could rest on my laurels, but that would see me immobilized amongst my accolades.   A rolling stone gathers no moss.  And so?  Onward I roll, mossless.
  5. Goal-tracking – I always have goals. I have to live by them, or I will not function.  And they need to be SMART goals.
  6. Prayer – I pray every day that God would bless my endeavors.
  7. A genuine fear of returning to wedding videography – this is what sustained me financially before voiceovers, and I never ever want to return to it. I had to give up each and every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday) away from my family in order to capture someone else’s dream – and if I did not do it right, they would run straight to Yelp.  Thank God for deliverance, hallelujah amen.
  8. COFFEE! I feel "coffee" is self-explanatory to anyone who drinks coffee.

 

Honorable mentions:

  1. I treat this whole thing as an enterprise.  This whole report, this blog, is an earnings report.  That is what big Fortune 500 companies do.  We share to encourage, to build trust, to increase stock in our organization.  To show we are going somewhere.  Joshua Alexander Voiceovers is my enterprise.
  2. I work really, really, really hard, and I care really, really, really deeply that I succeed.

 

I share all of this for the same exact reason that I regularly blog and wrote five books.  To inspire.  To encourage.  To show you that the dream of a successful voiceover career is most definitely possible.

And now you know.

I love to give.  The Bible says (Oh no! Is he actually quoting the Bible?!?!) that “God loves a cheerful giver.”  So I give.  Anonymously, most times.  I love to give, because pouring out from what was poured in is richly satisfying.  And I am overjoyed to have been equipped so well to give these past few years, out of the abundance of voiceovers.  In many areas of the voiceoversphere I continue to be actually prevented from giving - and that grates me to my core.  It is my deepest desire to simply make your livelihood better through inspiration.

With all of that said, am I the best?  I am acutely aware that I am not.  There are those “above” me who make triple, quadruple, quintuple what I make.  Am I jealous of them?  Not one bit.  I mean it: I am utterly inspired by the level of their success!  And so should you be.  They pull me in their wake every time I hear them make mention of their accomplishments.  I love sharing these figures; I wish everyone did!  When I first started in voiceovers, I wanted to know if I could live off of this.  And so I hope in my sharing, you take encouragement that it is possible to fund your dreams through a successful career in voiceovers.

I am truly overwhelmed with BELIEF that this thing is possible, and that one day I will make quintuple.

So, at ease, and bite me, Viper, Sir.  There ARE points for second place.  And those naysayers and doubters?  They will probably eventually die from stress; that is, if someone does not send Luigi The Friendly Kneecap Remover after them.  On that note, if you ever have to bury a body, be sure to cover it with endangered plants so it is illegal to dig it up.  Follow me for more gardening tips.

No matter where you finished this year, even if it was in the single digits, you can do thisI mean it!  I truly do.  If I can do it, so you can you.

May you truly soar this year.  You, dear reader, are a Top Gun.  If not now, then it is just a matter of time.

And coffee.  😊

By the way, if you experienced any difficulty reading this blog, I apologize: it may be due to interference from deep space, as I am on my way to Jupiter. Naked. With my microphone.

 

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On another note, this will be my last blog for a while.  Due to external circumstances including, honestly, burnout, I will be taking a break.  I want to thank all of my readers for taking the time to read and partake of my blogs.  My driving desire has always been to inspire.  Thank you for allowing me to do so.

 

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22 thoughts on “There ARE points for Second Place”

  1. Josh, Josh, Josh!!!!! My husband, John (a defense contractor – not a voice over actor) and I, are going to miss reading your blogs together every week! Thanks for the humor, the great insight, and the SUPER inspiration!!! Kudos to you! I will definitely remain in touch…Happy New Year!

  2. I am still a fan, even if you kick my ass in the earnings department. 😜 indeed, your success is an inspiration; if YOU can do it, certainly I can do it! 😉 Enjoy your break. Let the stress flow around you for a while as you stand firm in your place of rest. I know you will come back stronger than ever.

    1. PS. I’m still not happy that I won’t get to see you at VOA. 😞

      Oh, and you have inspired me to try dancing inside with clothes on. It is always good to have new goals as we head into a new year!

  3. oh MAN – and just as i was starting to get into them! hahaha 🙂 🙂 its ok Josh – take your needed break. thank you for sharing your honestly with us, and i wish you a very happy new year!! congrats on a >>>FANTASTIC<<< 2022!
    someday ill make quintuple too. *wink*

    1. As far as most of us are concerned, you went out in 2022 with a huge bang of accomplishments and goodwill! No doubt you’ll return stronger and more sarcastically than ever before, and we will look forward to it. Hug your family and all the best for a truly blessed 2023, however it may manifest for you. I’ll miss seeing you at VOA, but know we’ll cross paths again sooner than later. Besides, as I told you when we first met at VOA 2022, you have a very cool name that can’t but help bring a smile to people’s faces. At least mine. My son’s name is Josh and my husband’s Alexander. 😆☺️

  4. You work hard. You deserve R&R. You have earned every right to step back and take a breather! Congratulations on another very successful year. And kudos for recognizing burnout and the need for changing gears. That in and of itself is doing something very big and important, big picture. Self care pays its own forms of dividends.

    1. If anyone would know that to be true, it would be someone in the medical field. I so appreciate your knowledge and expertise…and your encouragement. I know you know where I’m at. Thank you for feeling my heart, brother. Happy new year to you and Karina!

  5. First off, THANK YOU for calling me better looking than most everyone else. It feels extra special coming from someone as handsome as yourself 😉 Second, Just stop bragging about how awesome you are! It makes the rest of us look lame. J/K, it’s inspiring to hear about it and know what we are ALL capable of if we put our minds and effort into it! And finally, you better go and take that damn break SIR! You work hard for yourself and for (the entertainment) of the rest of us, so enjoyr your time off, relax, recoup, spend time with the family, and return at your leisure in 2023 ready to show 2022 who’s boss!

    1. SIR YES HANDSOME SIR!!! Thanks so much, Nevin. Yeah I really need it. I’ve been going nonstop for about 2-3 years now, haha! Need a bit of a break. But that doesn’t include auditioning and business ops: gonna hop back in the saddle on Monday and start the process of kicking tushies and taking names for 2023. May you have a fantastic year! Go git ‘em!

  6. I am amazed at your accomplishments and sincere CONGRATS on all of it. I grew exhausted just reading it ☺️😯. You sure earned that break! Enjoy it, and Happy New Year to you and your family 🎆❤🎆.

  7. Josh!! Congrats on another SUPER year, my man! It was really inspiring to read where you are, and how far you’ve come. Thanks for your honesty, and your humor. You sure do talk about being naked a lot, though. 🙂

    1. Thank you Marc! I will work on being naked. I mean NOT being naked. WOW! Naked does sure make a lot of flashy appearances in my blog. I should naked – I mean, MAKE IT a point to watch my nudity. I mean the use…uh…of my nudity. Of the naked use of naked, that is. I promise to do this on Jupiter. While naked. I mean nude. GAH!

  8. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments in 2022, Josh! Amazing! And good on you for knowing when you need some R&R. As solopreneurs, we do so much and have so much on our plates, that it can get very overwhelming. I also felt like I was burning out at times in 2022, and cut back on certain things to make sure that I didn’t. I’m sad that you will not be at VOA, but I totally understand why you are skipping it. Take care of yourself, and thanks for all that you do for the VO community! I wish you all the best in 2023!

    1. Thank you so much, my friend – I am very grateful for you, and for all you bring to the world of VO. May you have a STELLAR and FANTASTICALLY successful year. I’m looking forward to seeing it unfold for you! Keep those great blogs coming!

  9. No worries Josh – all the cool kids are not going to VOA! 😁 In fact. I think I wrote a blog last year about how cool it is to not go to VOA. 😂

    But speaking of “places”…. I had a dismal 2022. I mean, the rest of the runners have left the stadium and finished their showers and I’m still stumbling up to the finish line… the very tired official gives me a sympathy clap as I cross… 😂

    2023 will be better! 😁

    I for one am feeling very inspired and motivated by your accounting of your accounting as well as by your consistent, idk, keep-going-ness. Consistent and keep-going-ness are probably the same thing, but you get my drift? Thanks again for all the super inspiration, Josh.

    1. Sumara – I totally hear you. You are deeply inspirational to me and to many. That has to come around in bounty. I pray that ’23 is the year that it does so. The next time you are stumping up toward the finish line, it will be because you are wiped out from all the recording and production you’ve been able to generate. The crowds will press in against you and you will be inundated with new business. You’ll probably be hard pressed to come up for air! I pray all of this immeasurable bounty befalls you in this new year. Go git ’em, my friend!

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