When I think of a coach, for whatever reason, I can close my eyes and picture Coach Bill Cowher standing toe to toe, right up in the face of one of his players on the sidelines, a firm grip on his face shield, spit flying from his mouth, a death glare in his eyes.
He’s not patting that player on the bum telling him how great he is.
He’s ripping him a new one, and making sure he learns to do better.
For the record, this is not my coaching style. However, it does shed light on what I believe is the most important quality of a great voice over coach.
We live in a world where everybody is offended by everything, so we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. We also live in a society where everybody gets a trophy.
It’s pathetic. A disservice the upcoming generation.
The fact of the matter is, sometimes we stink at things and telling us we’re great isn’t actually going to help us get better.
Trophy’s should be earned!
A great voice over coach will tell you what you need to hear. Even if that’s not what you want to hear.
That’s the only way you’re going to improve your craft.
Whether you like it or not.
On this particular day, I’d like to extend thanks to J Michael Collins for being that coach.