If there is one thing working in media has taught me, it's that no one is going to come a long and hand things to you on a plate. You have to be pro active, be your own manager and make things happen.
Recently my voice over agent sent me a break down of the jobs I had been put forward for that month stating which ones I got and which ones I missed out on. One of the jobs on the list that I didn't get was for a kids channel, next to this it said.,'Went with a more mummy sounding voice'.
Well, I am a mummy and I can do 'mummy'. The problem was I then realised there was a big hole in my Voice Reel that didn't represent this. So I wrote a couple of demo adverts and recorded them , one for Marks and Spencer and one for Aptamil baby formula.
Once recorded I added music and made them sound like a real advert and sent it to my agent. Within a week I had landed an online advert for M&S. This proved to me how being pro active really can pay off. People in television are busy, they have deadlines and no time to consider what people might or might not be capable of. They want to know there and then if you are right for the job.
In my line of work, reels, websites , pictures and demos must be constantly updated. It is also a great excuse to send people an email here and there with your updates. Remind them who you are and what you can do!