Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Reconstruction




Out of bad comes good, rewiring, evaluating of self & wisdom


This week I watched the documentary on the Discovery channel about the rebuilding of Ground Zero in NY.

So emotional, so inspirational, so sad & happy at the same time.  The building of the first new tower is emotional for me to watch.  After all these years of so much pain and an empty hole, it is nice to see that there is finally restoration taking place.  In a way, it’s like spending years not knowing what you are going to do with your life and then out of nowhere, things start taking shape.  One brick at a time.  We are always rebuilding.  Whether its highways, buildings or our inner soul.  I think of my voiceover career this way.  Like I’m building a tall skyscraper, one floor at a time.  Each floor has a goal.  An objective.     

Resilience- In the voiceover business, it’s easy to get down on yourself when you are having a bad day, week, month or even year!  Focus on what has worked in the past but don’t be afraid to try new things.  Success will come back to you like a boomerang.  Some weeks are great, some weeks are tough.  It’s like a musician who makes it to the top of the charts and then has to work twice has hard to back there again. 

It seems every day there is this fine line between good & bad.  There will always be people trying to take us down, intentionally or not. Spreading negativity, trying to break down what we are trying to build.  It can be challenging because now we have social networking sites, where people can either choose to be supportive and positive or cynical and discouraging.  The beauty is that we can decide who we are going to be connected with.  This is the same in the real world.

So remember it is always your choice. Your choice who you are connected with, your choice to not be afraid, your choice to wake up every day & decide what brick you will add to your tower of life.

Build the life you dream of.....

 *Special thanks to Tracy Blowers for contributing to this blog.

19 comments:

Jack Hicks said...

Congrats on your new blog. Nice article!

Karin ~ The Red Head said...

Nice article....congratulations on the new blog!

Paul Strikwerda said...

Hi Terry, You've set yourself an ambitious goal: a new post every day.

I like the look of your new blog, and I'm looking forward to looking backward to many interesting insights from you!

Paul

Rick Lance Studio said...

Nice new blog, Terry!

Appreciate your sentiment and analogy.

Randye Kaye said...

beautiful, Terry -
so many Voice talents are writers too - is that from reading others' words so often? or are we just always driven to communicate?....anyway, I love your introspections
Randye

John McLain said...

Congrats on the new blog, Terry. Enjoyed reading!

Miné Bilgé said...

I like the look of your new blog,too.
New generous sharings and friendly advices are on the way to *some PCs*...

Happy New Blogs !
Miné Bilgé

Terry Daniel said...

Thank you all for your kind words! I really appreciate it!

Jeffrey Heedles Sr. said...

When terry speaks he definitely gets my attention. Bottom line is don't let anything get you down. If you feel that way whether your in voiceovers or any other business when things get rough thats what makes us stronger so get right back up and just do it.

David Radtke said...

Wonderful article, Terry!
And best of luck on your new blog venture! :D

Jen said...

Great article Terry! Congrats on the new blog!

Best,

Jenny Krompel

Vanessa Hart said...

Really wonderful, thank you for sharing.

Mara Junot said...

This is really beautiful, Terry. Thanks for sharing.

Dave Wallace said...

Very true, Terry. This is a great business, but unfortunately no one is immune from being bummed out from a bad day, week, or year.

About two months ago I lost a major gig for reasons beyond my control, and it REALLY bummed me out. Worse yet, my lack of enthusiasm occasionally ruined some takes for my next few projects.

I was reminded how fortunate I was, though, when I was having dinner with a friend recently and the server was someone I had briefly encountered in college. He saw me and said, "Aren't you the voiceover guy?" I hesitantly said, "I don't feel comfortable calling myself THE voiceover guy, but I am A guy who does voiceovers, yes." He responded, "Well, you're the only one in the OSU theater department that I knew who did that stuff. That sounds so cool."

That was kind of a wake-up call. We may lose gigs, we may deal with low-balling clients, we may occasionally record takes that can't be used for whatever reason, but...damn, as VO artists, we really have one of the coolest jobs.

Maxine Lennon said...

Really enjoyed the blog...

frank baum said...

Congratulations upon christening your blog.

A good look. Today's challenge is to see today, and the needs of tomorrow. Perspectives on the way through making a blog creates an heirloom quality mirror upon the times.

Good fortune to you !

Jeremy Bates said...

followed u over from karen's bbq... brought whiskey and steak! enjoy!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Terry .. good luck with the new blog and focus .. it'll be interesting to be around as you give us hints on voice-overs and stories to go with them .. cheers Hilary

Donna Hosie said...

Beautiful words.