Sushi and voice-overs
When making sushi, it's mostly about the rice, not the fish. If you can't get the right mixture of rice, vinegar and sugar then it doesn't matter how fresh the fish is, it just doesn't come together. You end up with sashimi, not sushi. Learning to make the rice is the key.
I'm learning that it's the same with being a voice-over talent. It's mostly about the relationships, not the voice. Without the right type of relationships, it doesn't matter how good your voice is, it just doesn't get going. You end up with a hobby instead of a career. Learning about networking is the key.
Too often, I jump to the latest VO thing, failing to get good enough at the important thing.