Advances in technology have made it almost impossible to compete in the international marketplace without understanding at least the basics of how to use a computer. While each profession requires certain skills, there are some that span all industries, making it absolutely mission-critical that one has them. Let’s take a quick look at the skills we’re referring to:
- You need the ability to find instructions and read directions: You’ll be surprised how many people are intimidated by technology, even though the instructions may be very simple. A quick tip: understand that common sense is uncommon. Don’t get frustrated and always play to the lowest common denominator. Never think “I don’t have to do this because they’ll know…” They won’t.
- Get to know the basics of your chosen computer’s operating system. If you get stuck and either don’t understand something or can’t do something, find someone who can show you how. There are some fantastic free resources like www.coursera.org available for you to consult, too. The World Wide Web, in fact, is very well-stocked with How-To explainer videos as well as walk-throughs that can help you solve niggling technical and software problems. Don’t let technology get the better of you! Make a point of regularly learning something new. There are any number of computer skills you can pick up that will make your life as a voice-actor easier. Skills are never wasted.
We’re not for a moment suggesting that you need to become a master, but gaining a basic grasp of the operating system and its associated applications will make clients more comfortable with you and will, inevitably, result in more bookings. For example, learn how to:
- Use an FTP site or any other cloud-based file transfer service to share files, like Dropbox.
- Create your own website (using wonderful online website creators like Wix, or Weebly, etc.; we’re not suggesting you need to become an advanced programmer!)
- Share photos and videos of you in action doing your voiceover work.
- Use various types of cloud-based software (applications, services, or resources) via your internet browser.
- Use online video-conferencing tools like Skype, email follow-up services, Google Hangouts, and more.
- Stay on your toes and learn how to adapt to change. Always remember that change is the only constant.
Knowing how to do things saves time, and for clients time is money. If you save them money, they’ll be back.