Voiceovers: My Dream Job! – The GKN Weekly Update 2/14/11
Being a voice actor is my dream job. The funny part is that I didn’t know it until I was well into it! Like most people, it was the abstraction of the career that appealed to me at first. Talk for money? Hell, I can do that! When I actually started doing it and discovered how hard voice acting is and was told what the odds are of making it, that’s when it became a dream job. A real challenge that I knew I could meet, though for many years I didn’t know how to meet it. It took me until the age of 35 to be truly successful in this field and happy as a human being. Coincidence…?
TIP OF THE WEEK
I talk to people all the time who are stuck in jobs they hate as a result of making a series of choices that put them there. So I ask them “What did you want to be?” and many have no idea or just some vague notion of doing something cool and highly profitable that apparently requires little or no effort (BTW that’s the curse of the VO industry!). Some of them, however get a wistful look in their eyes and say “You know? Everybody always told me I was good at X, but I just never applied myself…”
Unless it’s something that’s beyond your physical capabilities or natural talents, it is NEVER too late! It’s just a matter of how hard & long you’re willing to work at it to make it happen. That’s why they have night classes, summer courses, online courses, student loans, etc. If you really, truly want to do something different with your life, you can make the time for it and find the resources necessary. Now get out there and be what you’ve always wanted to be!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Look at that, I didn’t have to make up a holiday. I know it’s a goofy, made-up, over-commercialized holiday, but the take the time to tell the people in your life how much you love them. It makes a big difference when they actually hear it!