Podcast #218 – Marc Speaks with Dean Wade a Member of the Career Pivot Community about his Pivot into the Voice Over Industry
Dean has an extremely eclectic background. She started out as a television journalist, television weatherman, then a stockbroker, then went into pharmaceutical sales, had his own uniform business and several more twists and turns and current does business development for a chain of urgent care clinics. He is in the middle of this pivot but I wanted you to hear his story now and not when it was complete.
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A Varied Past Can Be Beneficial
Dean has done quite a few things in his career. He started as a farmer, then did youth ministry, moved onto journalism, and then worked for television.
Because he was familiar with radio and television work, he then started doing “voiceovers” for miscellaneous projects.
In fact, his first project was a narrator for a book for audible purposes.
If you’d like to check out his work, here is the book he recorded.
Dean finds work in a multitude of ways.
He can use websites that connect work for his industry, i.e., Upwork.
Or he can reach out directly to contacts he already has and let them know what he doing. Because of his varied past, he knows many different types of people that might need his skillset for things such as online learning, commercials, or voiceovers.
Leveraging his background in sales and marketing has also helped him to market himself.
Getting Help From Coaches
Dean does use coaches to improve his skills.
He stresses that it’s important to separate the reputable coaches from those that have not been around all that long.
One aspect Dean looks for when finding a good coach is that they have worked in the industry they are coaching about for many years. After all, he wants to be where they are.
If they haven’t actually done the work, they can’t really coach him to do the work.
Getting Help From the Career Pivot Community
Dean said the community was a great help in giving him the “push” he needed to get started.
Because he didn’t want to be in the same job for years on end, the community was able to encourage him to take that first step toward his future.
He also thought it was great to hear their opinions about his work. When he asked for feedback, they were willing and able to give him constructive feedback that helped him improve his skills.
He found the Career Pivot Community helped him in a multitude of ways.
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