Wow, that is hard these days! But it continues to be a theme for me as I forge ahead on this journey. It is incredibly difficult to project JOY and have FUN while what you're feeling is a general sense of STRESS and FEAR. I hope you're not reading this expecting any answers, lol, but I will keep in touch and let you know how it's going!
I had a great mentoring session the other day, where it was pointed out that what my read was lacking was that sense of fun and joy. Honestly, I thought, yeah, not surprising. I'm stuck with the feeling of "please let this be the one!" and trying to check all the boxes I've put on my list- "slow, down, but not too slow, keep the energy" "sound natural, but also super excited, but not too excited" "smile more".
On the bright side, he did say that my audio was top notch and my second read was actually really good and, yes, I'm on the right track (phew). And just remembering that the he started with "I went to your website and so the bar was set high, and then you exceeded my expectations with your audition" (it was a self tape assessment). But, yeah, have more fun. THIS IS FUN.
To aid this mindset, I just quit a vo job that I had accepted a few months ago that was really bringing me down. Honestly, the budget didn't even come close to appropriate and I only took it in a moment of desperation when things were really slow (also called non existent). It was one of those "yes the pay is low, but it's ongoing, so it adds up". Well, it doesn't add up to enough. And boy is it a drag to be working on a project you're not excited about AND doesn't pay respectfully. I had to be true to myself and just say no. When I go into my studio, I want to look forward to it.