Today, I signed a bona fide contract to begin work on a project that I am sure came from heaven. It's exactly the type of project I would wake up every day to complete.
Listen, I make no effort to pretend that I'm an industry veteran in the voice acting world. While I have done a lot of book narrations over the years, I've never considered myself to be a professional voice actor, voice artist, or voice narrator. It has only been recent weeks that I began this journey to make it a hobby-turned career.
If Your Day Job Quits You
We hear it all the time, "Don't quit your day job!" That's fairly good advice for most people. But, what do you do when your day job quits you? What do you do when you go through life working for the "man", putting in countless hours and your best effort toward making him rich, then being thrown out on your behind because the company has a bottom line to maintain? Well, if you're like me... well over the age of 55, then you might have a problem finding a job to sustain a decent living. It's time to look at your alternatives.
If you have a hobby, you might be able to turn your hobby into a "real" job. That's what I did! In fact, when my day job quit me, I decided to find a new, more rewarding way to earn a living. I refused to go back to living a life that depended on someone else deciding how important I was and whether or not I deserved to receive a paycheck that week.
Turn Your Hobby Into Your Job
I enjoy writing. I enjoy reading. And, I enjoy acting. I don't want to come off as bragging, but throughout the years of my life, I have written a few plays, movie scripts, and books. And, people have said I should be a voice actor. I thanked them for the compliments, but no matter how many compliments I received, I never really thought I was good enough to do this on a professional level. I'm just being honest here. But, when a voice coach suggested I seriously consider becoming a voice actor and there was nothing in it for him, I started thinking about it more and more.
Fast forward to today. In real terms, I'm a novice. But, that's OK. I'm still getting "gigs". I feel like, if I can do this, so can others. I'm happy sharing my journey with people because I want to be a living example of how we can take something that God gave us as a natural talent and use it to earn the kind of living we envision for ourselves.
My message for today is... God made you exactly how He wants you to be. So, use your God-given talent to live the life you know you were born to live. There is much more joy in being the real YOU.