Ah, the perils of expressing yourself in 140 characters or less!
This week I got involved in a little bit of Twitter to-and-fro about a particular aspect of our industry. The subject matter is irrelevant. Suffice to say people expressed their opinions, and most of those people acted respectfully and with dignity.
But as we all know, Twitter is not the place to get a nuanced and complex point across. Many have fallen foul of it – just remember Emily Thornberry’s White Van debacle. We’ve all seen examples of people who put the ‘Twit’ in ‘Twitter’.
The voiceover world is a great place to be, and there are so many helpful and supportive people in our community. Something I’ve never experienced on quite this scale. There are tremendous people who go out of their way to offer a helping hand to those on the first rung of the ladder, and it makes me proud to be a part of it.
Abbe Holmes – (www.abbeholmes.com)
Derek Chappell – (www.thevoiceofyourbusiness.com)
George Whittam – (vostudiotech.com)
Dan Lenard – (danlenard.com)
Bill DeWees – (You Tube Channel)
Gary Terzza – (www.garyterzza.com)
And there are MANY more.
Yes of course, no one is going to deliver your career for you. Each of us has worked hard to get wherever we have got to, and these people know that giving something back helps to grow the business.
There’s a difference between ‘community’ and ‘charity’. None of us do what we do just for altruistic reasons. But almost everyone I’ve had the privilege of coming across enhance that sense of community. That can only encourage more people to join our ranks.
No one is going to deliver your career for you
I want more people to come into voiceover. It’s a dynamic, interesting and inspiring business. The more people coming in, the stronger the competition, the more it inspires me to do well. And so we all grow.
Yes of course there are people who will take a ‘self-centred’ or judgmental approach – there always will be. I don’t need their affirmation any more than they need mine, and they can go on their way.
Howsoever you define ‘success’ in our business, it takes perseverance, determination, hard work and a positive attitude.
The difference between our community and many others I have worked in is that VO people encourage success among their colleagues. That’s healthy and totally the right way to grow our industry.
So this is just me saying ‘thank you’ to those people for helping me be part of a tremendous industry. For supporting me in my early career, and just being one of the best bunch of people who I am privileged enough to call colleagues.
And in some cases ‘friends’ (and you know who YOU are!).
Have a GREAT week