We had the good fortune of connecting with Donovan Corneetz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Donovan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk is a necessity for reaching success. Risk sets you apart from the talkers and lazy people. Risk shows that you’re willing to take chances on yourself and to have the confidence to believe it will work in your favor. I’ve had to take many risks in my career, in order to reach where I am today. Starting a career in entertainment, while living in NC (not a media powerhouse by any means) meant that I was going to have to go out and create opportunities in places that were fertile ground. Early in my career, I had to take trips to conferences, networking events, and other similar things, so that I could be around decision-makers that I didn’t have access to at home. These all included travel expenses and event fees that I could not afford, at the time, but the potential benefits outweighed the risks… and I went for it. Those decisions have made all the difference for me and my career.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The world of voice-over is very competitive. Having a “nice voice” and a microphone isn’t enough to stand out. I think my commitment to building and cultivating relationships sets me apart. Just being a genuinely good person has opened more doors for me, than I can even begin to count. On top of that, I have worked extremely hard on honing my skills and being among the best in my craft. It definitely wasn’t easy… or fast. This was a slow, steady journey, but it’s one that I started preparing for very early on, once I knew this was what I wanted to do. Throughout my career, I’ve learned to appreciate that, when you get down to it, people just like to work with other good people. Skilled, yes… but kind and good to work with. I’d like the world to know that I’m very good at what I do and that while there have definitely been some “lucky” moments, I’ve almost always put myself in the position to succeed. No one does it alone, but it’s certainly up to you to be ready for your opportunities.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The funny thing is, being that I work from home, in my recording booth, pretty much every day, all day, I don’t know much about the area. I do enjoy hiking up to the top of Stone Mountain and around the surrounding trails. Downtown Atlanta has so much to offer, but I simply don’t usually have time to experience much of it. I’d probably be a terrible guide!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My wife has been my biggest support system, from the beginning. Her belief of me and my dream has made all the difference through the difficult times.