Andrew Carlton voiceover artist, continues his story toward voiceover success when he went to New York and discovered the strategy of balancing his artistic pursuits with business.
Now in 95 I went to New York- I was awarded a drama scholarship at a drama school in Manhattan and I took off to move there and live there.
Now it was here that I discovered more people blending a performing arts career with voiceovers. In fact there were quite a number of artists earning equity minimum On and Off Broadway by night, so you know- and let me tell you that is not enough to survive in a city like Manhattan but they were making good money in voiceovers by day.
So the other thing that I discovered in New York was although there was some incredible talent there, I didn’t really feel it was better than the Aussie talent. I mean the same- I would say the same percentage of good people, you know, of extraordinary talent to ordinary talent was probably about the same. I mean, you know, look at something like the Oscars, you know, our best rub shoulders with US and the UK best and I felt good about that.
But the big difference was, that I really noticed was their approach to their craft and their approach to their business. They understood business concepts- so they were like these two guys. There’s the artist- like probably not as dashing as this guy but there was the artist and then there was the businessman. Pretty stylish business man here but I think, you know, they would definitely these two people combined and that’s when I really started to really realize that this was something that I needed to start to incorporate if I wanted to be successful as a performing artist, no matter what realm I ended up in.