Just Do It!!!

Ok yes so I stole that directly from Nike… please don’t judge me. But it fits perfectly into what I want to talk about today. And that quite simply is: If you want it, go and do it!!!

So what the hell am I talking about? It’s actually a very simple principle. If you want something in life, YOU need to go get it. No one is going to give it to your free. If you want something you have to work your butt off for it. And let me tell you something, the harder you work for something the sweeter it is when you get it.

This whole blog came from a discussion about taking the leap and starting your own business. I did this when I decided to started doing voice overs full time. Getting rid of “The Man” and working for myself and being responsible for my own success or failure. Now that isn’t for everyone and I do realize that. But if you have been sitting around for any length of time and saying “I want to” or  “I could” or “I should” JUST DO IT!

Take the leap. Have faith in yourself. Are you ready to jump off the cliff, quit your full time job and dive deep into something full time? Maybe, maybe not. You have to do your homework. I’m not saying take a blind leap, do the prep work, but start today. Waiting until tomorrow, or until the time is right; the time is now. It will never get better than now.

The state of our economy and the state of the employment industry these days more and more people are branching off and working for themselves and becoming masters of their own destinies. There’s nothing stopping you but yourself.

Until the next time you hear me, be good to each other and be nice. It’s not always easy to do, but it is free.

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How to handle busy days…..

I have to say that the last couple of days have been extremely busy for me. It seems that sometimes it’s either feast or famine…..

Some days it’s scraping for work, and other days it’s all I can do to keep up with the workload. Starting the day off with The Madhouse radio show, then moving the mic from that direction to the booth to record (metaphorically it is the same mic in the same booth after all) voice overs is a complete change in mental direction. Then the variety of work; auditions, quick spots, long form narrations…. the work is as varied as can be.

All I have to say is this. When you find yourself feeling a little overwhelmed with the workload staring you in the face (smile at it and be thankful you have it, I know I do) just take a deep breath, stare it right back and get to it. Don’t let it intimidate you, show it who’s boss.

With that being said make sure to take frequent breaks and keep yourself hydrated. I’ve noticed over the last couple of days my throat hurting at the end of the day even with as much as I try to take breaks and keep the old pipes lubricated.

I’m going to be doing a video about this soon My YouTube Channel regarding hydration and voice overs. A lot of people drink water or tea, I prefer Powerade (orange and fruit punch are my favorites) to keep myself going through out the day. No I don’t get anything from them, but I am open to it (hint hint Powerade if you are listening)

Just keep at it and don’t give up. Persistence is the key here. Don’t give up and believe in yourself. You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it and work hard.

Until the next time you hear me… be good to each other. Remember, it doesn’t cost anything to be nice.

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The tale of the tire….

So yeah, if you have followed the story on facebook you all know that I woke up Monday morning to a flat tire. Yeah, it happens to everyone but still it stinks big time.

So I do the morning radio show, The Madhouse with Mike, then go out to change the tire to the spare and go get a new tire. Well therein lies the tale.

1st off the truck was parked on a gravel driveway and the jack that I have just wasn’t lifting the truck up high enough. So, time to go get a new jack. Cousin James takes me over to the auto parts store, I’m not gonna name them.

The 1st jack that the guy offered me was $199 and I pretty much told him where he could stick that jack. I wound up getting one for $99, sheesh that hurt.

Get back to the house, get the tire off, put the spare on, go over to the tire place. They had to order the tire, it wouldn’t be ready til Tuesday, ok no problem. So I park the truck and just get back to work.

Come Tuesday, no call. Waiting all day, nothing. So I call them, they guy is like yeah hey one sec let me check. Oh yeah. The tire truck came but we didn’t get your tire off the truck *facepalms*

Long and short of it, it took til Wednesday and $250 dollars later I’ve got the new tire on my truck.

What the heck does this have to do with #voiceovers? Well. I got home and looked at the bank account and just said gotta get to it. Just keep on trucking (no pun intended) It’s a grind ladies and gentlemen. The marketing, the auditions, the emails, building your website yada yada yada. You can’t ever give up. It’s a day in and day out grind and you have to have the drive and the ambition to reach your goals. Start off with something small, a small dollar amount per day. Then as you are consistently making it, raise it.

Have a goal for your marketing. Have a goal for auditions.

Remember folks it’s a grind, but if you work hard at it and don’t give up, you can make it.

Til the next time you hear me, be good to each other….

Marathon audio book is done…

For those of you that have been following I was working on a 105k audio book. I finished it up the other day and its kind of a weird feeling. Its almost like, ok that’s done… so now what?

It’s not like I don’t have any other projects, it’s just that this one took the longest of any project I have done in the past and to top all that off it was a fun read. I enjoyed the story behind it. To check out the book just click here: Entitlement: Cause and Effect. Now I’m not getting any royalties off this one, this was a pay for the recording deal, so I’m not getting anything out of promoting this book other than I think that everyone should read it. Lots of life lessons in it, I know that it made me take a step back and look at things a little differently.

So what now? More voice over projects, more marketing, more videos…. just another day in the life.

That doesn’t mean I couldn’t always use more 🙂 If you have a voice over project you need “the voice” for, send me a message and we’ll work out the details.

Until you hear me again, be good to each other, it’s free…

Sometimes Voice Over work is really fun…

So I was talking to my sister Carina yesterday, just about this and that. Then out of nowhere she asks, “Didn’t you say something about you doing radio commercials too?” Yes I do occasionally get some offers for radio commercials and I know there are a few out there right now of me touting some product or store or something.

So she tells me that she heard one the other day and was like, “I think that’s my brother!!!!!” Pointing at the radio all proud and stuff. Well she knows my voice really well so I’m gonna go with, yeah it probably was me.

I have to say it was a pretty cool moment. I mean I know I’ve done a lot of work that a lot of people have heard all over the country and all over the world, but to have your sister just hear something out of the blue, it’s a special kinda cool.

That’s all for today, I just wanted to relate that short story. I’ve got to get back behind the mic and do some more work on this big book project that I’ve been working on for the last week or so.

Until you hear me next (and it could be anywhere at any time apparently) be good to each other….

The ups and downs of a voice over artist…

So we’re not going to talk about how I burned my arm by spilling coffee on it this morning (yeah ok it hurts and it’s actually making typing tough but I’ll soldier my way through it)

I was sitting here looking at my inbox at the work that was waiting for me this morning. Being very thankful that I did have some work sitting there, as I did yesterday morning; it got me thinking about the way our days go sometimes.

1 day we can have more work than we think we can handle (we get it done) and other days we spend more time marketing, sending emails, calls, blogs, videos, etc.

I am very thankful that things in my voice over business have started to pick up. The last couple of weeks have been pretty good, and last week specifically was a really good week. On top of that I signed the largest book narration deal that I’ve ever done. The bonus of that is that its actually an interesting book 🙂

The long and short of what I’m trying to say this morning is this. Don’t let the “slower” days get you down. If you work hard, market yourself well, and deliver a fantastic end product quickly the “better” days will come. Keep at it, don’t let up…. You have to work and want it and the harder you work today, the better tomorrow will be.

Take care all. Have a great day and fight the good fight. If you want something… go out and get it, no one is going to do it for you.

Until you hear me again… be good to each other 🙂

90 Videos in 90 Days

So I recently did a book for Audible on marketing secrets on YouTube and in the book the author issues a challenge to do 90 videos in 90 days. I said what the hell?

Then it hit me, what the heck am I gonna talk about for 90 videos in 90 days? Um…. STUPID PEOPLE IN THE NEWS!!!!!

Yep that’s right taken right from The Madhouse I have accepted the 90 day 90 video challenge and will be presenting video versions of Stupid People In The News for your enjoyment.

The 1st one is here: Stupid People In The News Video Segment on my YouTube channel and yes I started it off with the best, the Bedazzled VaJayJay.

New videos everyday with the antcis of the people we don’t want to be in the news, coming your way. Check out my channel: My YouTube Channel give the videos a watch, like and subscribe for all new ones every day for the next 90 days. And who knows, I’ll probably throw some other stuff in there as well.

As always, thanks in advance, and you’ll hear from me soon.

Sincerely,

Michael

What a busy week, love it

Yes it’s been a busy week and yes I’m pretty happy about that. Voice over work been pretty good this week, just finished up a self help book that not only was a good book but something that I think I’m going to implement into my life.

Really good news is that The Madhouse radio show is now available on ITunes The Madhouse with Mike on ITunes, Stitcher The Madhouse on Stitcher and on Tune In radio The Madhouse on TuneIn

Please head on over and like and share as much as you can. The more the better 🙂

Be sure to check out my voice over website: Mike Hatak’s Voice Over Website and contact me for all your voice over needs. Feel free to share my website anywhere you like as well.

Till the next time I see you, or the next time you hear me…. Be good to everyone.

Mike

I tell ya….

It’s getting harder and harder to find time to do some of the things that need to be done. Whoever said there aren’t enough hours in the day was completely right. That being said… WHAT’S UP EVERYONE????

I hope this finds everyone well. I know that aside from the standard “life” thing here and there things are good in the camp on this end.

Just submitted both The Madhouse and Get Outta My Head to several podcast providers to help the distribution of them. We’ll see how it goes and I’ll keep everyone updated. I especially think on Get Outta My Head Marie and I share important messages that can and helped and touched people that have listened. It’s really for this reason that I’ve submitted the shows to be distributed to a wider audience. When she and I started Get Outta My Head the real intent was to provide content and talk about subjects that were/are in people’s minds and ways to help with common every day issue and problems. So like I said, we’ll see what happens and where it goes.

As far as the voice over career. Why ya think I haven’t posted a blog in awhile? I’ve been busy which is a really good thing, the bad part is that some things go missing and I have to find a way to budget the time better.

Anyway, just wanted to drop a quick little note to let everyone know that we’re still kicking over here in Winterwolf tower and things are full speed ahead. I promise to talk to you all again very soon.

So until I see you, or you hear me…. be good to yourself and each other.