Sitting at my desk, sipping my first coffee of the day – I was thinking about my journey in this world of VoiceOver.
Yes – I know we’re NOT supposed to take too much caffeine, but I don’t smoke or drink – so I’m struggling to discipline myself to manage my coffee intake, I love it too much (sorry Gary).
You may know that, among other things, training was part of my background before I started doing VO. I see the things I learn about VO through my eyes as a trainer, and I find it really interesting to consider what we do in those terms.
Some of you will be familiar with Abraham Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs’ theory* which he published in 1943. It basically said that things which motivate us do so in different ways, depending on where they sit in a list of needs.
Later on, this theory became represented as a pyramid:
It can apply to a small activity – like cutting the grass, or larger-scale activities like career choices.
I was trying to work out, where VO sat in the hierarchy, when it struck me (as the caffeine kicked in) that it actually covers the entire range:
Physiological – We get income, sometimes intermittently, for food and drink
Safety – Employment (see income!) resources to provide for family and a roof over our heads
Love/belonging – Well I can’t think of a body of people outside of my immediate friends and family, who create a real sense of belonging like the VO community do
Esteem – We all work hard to produce the best quality work we can, and a small part of this is about feeling good when those efforts are respected
Self-Actualization – Well this is the most obvious, it’s where creativity sits. There can’t be many activities more ‘self-aware’ than recording your voice, playing it back, and reviewing what’s good (and not so good) whilst sitting alone in a padded cell
A real sense of belonging – like the VO community
I guzzle my last mouthful of coffee, really glad I took the decision to get involved in this world. I knew VO felt satisfying – know I realise why, it ticks all the boxes!
Apart from the box which says “drink less caffeine”.
Now, which chores shall I tackle first, the lawn or the washing up? Hmmm, looks like rain, I’ll have a coffee while I think about my motivation.
Have a great day everyone,
* Other theories are available, but if you’d like to read Maslow’s in full it’s at http://psychclassics.yorku.ca/Maslow/motivation.htm