Happy New Year to everyone who visits my voice over site. I appreciate your interest. Some of you are fans of my work, others are aspiring or working actors, friends, and the rest of you are a mystery. However, I’m glad you’re here.
I want to send out a wish for all of you to have a happy, healthy and successful 2014.
The last part of 2013 was a bit challenging work wise. This is partly for good reasons as well as not so good ones.
In July of 2013, I suddenly fainted at a party. I got checked out by every doctor available on the planet and was told I was perfectly healthy. I was happy to hear that, but not so excited about the doctor bills I now have to pay. Insurance with high deductibles can suck. I think the fainting episode was a fluke. In fact, I’m convinced it was, because I went swimming in a pool that morning that may have just been disinfected. I’m sort of sensitive to chlorine. From now on I’ll stay on dry land. Unfortunately falling on my face caused my equilibrium to be a bit out of whack for about 3 months. Luckily, I’m now good as new.
In November, I was invited to be a guest on Combat Radio hosted by Ethan Dettenmaier. The cast of Robotech was on hand, including Richard Epcar, Ellyn Stern, Tony Oliver, Melanie McQueen, and Greg Finley. We all told stories about our experiences with that 1980’s anime phenomena.
I also worked doing a voice on a video game and got a gig straight from my website doing narration for an educational project. Yee Haw!
In November and December I left the US for a 3 week trip to Eastern and Central Europe. My boyfriend was invited to a Film Festival for Cinematographers called CameraImage which was held in Bydgoszcz (pronounced Bid – Ghost – with a ch at the end) We had an amazing time and partied every night at equipment rental house sponsored events.
Since we were in Poland already, we decided to visit Warsaw and Krakow as well. Both cities were not only interesting, but beautiful, especially Krakow.
From Krakow, we flew to Budapest and then took a River Trip on the Danube through Vienna, Salzburg, Regensburg, Nurnberg, and then ended the trip in Prague. We saw all the gorgeous and festive Christmas Markets along the way. It was an amazing and fascinating trip.
Sadly, when I was in Vienna, I found out my 90 year old dad had passed away. It definitely was not news I wanted to hear. After my trip, I flew to Colorado for his VA Military memorial with a 21 gun salute because he had served in the Army Air Force in WWII. Unfortunately, my mother wasn’t doing well either and while I was there, she passed away as well. It was a double whammy for our family and we were sort of numb for a while.
Then came my birthday, It was a BIG one (29 again) in mid -December. Sort of alarming actually. Then came the holidays. I’m just coming back up to the surface for air and am now ready to work again. It’s time to set goals for the New Year and get re-organized.
One thing that’s really sinking in for me, because of my not working in the last month and ½, is the importance of having multiple streams of income, especially passive streams. You can’t depend on people giving you gigs or other income opportunities. You have to create them yourself. That way, you can go on vacation, be sick, or take care of other business while income is flowing in automatically.
In addition to my voice over work, I also have a blogging business. I set up blogs for entrepreneurs and do various online marketing work for them. I’m thinking about imparting some of the knowledge I have in that area on this site to help aspiring voice over actors learn to market their businesses online using a blog and social media. Working as an actor is all about networking, and these days you have to be somewhat savvy and network online if you want to stand out. You also have to develop ways to sustain yourself during slow times, because otherwise you’ll always be living paycheck to paycheck. That’s no fun. Not everyone can be Nancy Cartwright who seems to have endless work on The Simpsons playing Bart. Even people who work constantly, will see their money get depleted if something happens and they aren’t able to work for some reason.
With such fierce competition out there these days, you’re missing out if you don’t find ways to create your own projects and products. It’s so rare to even have the chance to qualify for SAG-AFTRA insurance anymore because so much work has gone out of the union’s jurisdiction. It seems like private insurance companies are doubling everyone’s premiums. Heaven help you if you’re as old as me without a nest egg put away.
So, anyway, that’s what’s been happening with me. Hope you had a great 2013 and have an even better 2014. Much love and good wishes.