Sometimes, you just have to step back and acknowledge those feelings of gratitude:
Terry and I have been married for almost 30 years – how in the hell did that happen?!? Anyway, we’ve gone through a lot of stuff over the years. A lot.
Lately, I’m grateful for his attitude about my voice over career. Terry is not a huge fan of non-regular income. In fact, he talked me out of pursuing voice over a couple of times over the years.
This time, he knew I was serious. So even though I’m not sure he totally ‘gets’ the whole performing thing, he’s trying really hard to get it and be supportive. And he’s getting better at it all the time.
No one’s parents are perfect. They can only use the tools they were given as children, plus whatever they learned on their own afterward, in raising kids.
Being the oldest, my dad flat out told me I was an experiment. No first time parents have a clue what they are doing.
My point here is that between them, I got to try a LOT of different stuff – some by my choice and some by theirs. I’m not saying I’m an expert at any of it but I at least have a clue how it works. Here’s a partial list – it’s kind of amazing…
- Concrete installation
- Drywall tear down and install
- Girl Scouts
- Changing tires
- Cake Decorating
- Gapping Spark Plugs
- Shoulder Massages
- Snapping Green Beans
- Camping – tent and RV
The VO Community
The voice over community is different than most performing arts, from what I’ve been told. Nearly everyone is willing and eager to help each other. You can post a question on a group and get a dozen answers pretty quickly. And the subjects can be anything from rates to how to handle customers to branding…..all over the board.
It is the VO community that keeps me going on frustrating days. A quick chat, an uplifting article, something to get you over that hump.
Gratitude is a good thing even when it isn’t Thanksgiving.
What are you grateful for today?