Has the bleak midwinter got you down?
Are you taking voice over too seriously?
Enjoy some laughter and holiday cheer in this contribution from voice over talent Vicki Amorose!
Winter Solstice, Time to Lighten Up!
By Vicki Amorose
During the holiday season, you’ll hear how it’s time to do this and time to do that. I suggest that it is time to pause and have a good laugh–at ourselves. In this dark month of December, let’s lighten up.
How many voiceover talents does it take to screw in a light-bulb?
Just one. But that one talent has to audition to book the gig, negotiate the fee, understand the client’s light-bulb needs, rehearse, take direction, screw it in, do re-takes, edit out imperfections, send an invoice, make sure they get paid, try to secure the client’s future light-bulb screwing, blog, tweet, podcast and post about it, then make up a joke and send it to Vox Daily.
Yes, we must work hard to keep our businesses moving forward. But honestly, what we do is not all that important. We don’t cure illness, clean up the environment, or prevent planes from falling out of the sky.
Of course I appreciate everyone in the VO community who seeks meaning in what we do and contributes service where they can. Offering help and seeking meaning are always worthwhile endeavors.
But must we take ourselves so seriously? I think not.
Last night I was at a party and someone told me what cool job I have and how they’ve thought about getting into voiceover themselves. Instead of going in my usual direction with that comment, I replied, “You mean you want to talk good like me?” Everyone laughed.
Consider the following bit of wisdom. I don’t know who introduced the concept originally; I heard it from a friend and I’ve been thinking about it ever since:
When you laugh, you are outside of your ego.
During the time when you are genuinely laughing, you are fully in the present moment, connected to the bigger picture and divorced from your own repetitive thought process. You are not connected to your ego during that moment of joy.
Take what laughter brings. Create laughter everyday. Give your ego a rest.
This is what I wish for all of my voiceover community during the holidays–may you truly BE MERRY!