Okay. Ed Victor works hard for the money. He actually makes me LMAO. I’m so glad to be a part of his VO group because he tells it like it is without any sugar-coating and the rough side of this business. He’s made some money and still feels and shares the heartache that comes with being in entertainment. I’ve learned a lot from the people who post on the Working Voice Actor Group and Ed’s sense of humor as well.
Obviously, I like to audition, and I enjoy the business. However, you want to make that money as well. Enjoying it and all is good, but when it’s time to make that money, honey, we all know what time that is. 🙂 We all want to book that big gig.
Why did I place this post in the VO category? VOs, entertainment, music, & drama careers, are fantastic. However, I’m learning that I can wish whatever the hell that I want, but there are no guarantees in life, except the time-tested truth (death and taxes which is a cliché but true).
Happiness is corny but that’s what I want. I don’t need more money, I need to manage the money that I have, then maybe God will give me more (hint, hint).
I’ve done this for a long time now (music, drama, education) that I can’t get too excited about anything anymore. Folks, entertainment is heartbreaking. If I knew at 7 years old what I was going to get myself into, I would not have done it (some folks know in their single digits what they want amazingly enough – maybe they are the lucky ones).
I don’t want to blow it (the big job if it ever comes). However, I just don’t expect ever to become a female Don Fontaine. If you had asked me 5 years ago that I would do VOs, I would have said, “What? I will have a VO business? For real? You have to be kidding.”
Life is strange, and entertainment is even more strange, so I just want to be happy in the “present.” All I have is now, with my lovely parents, my beautiful 95-year-old grandmother, my heart-warming disabled brothers, my engaging students, and my HMO managed (knock on wood) good health. Some of my close relatives/cousins have passed early in life as well. Cash doesn’t help me with their loss. I sincerely grieve that they are not here now among us.
Where ever I land, prayerfully not in jail or 6 feet under (anytime soon), I want to be happy in my heart and live in peace. Peace is what I need, truly, peace is what I desire. Peace in my heart (clichéd but true) and true happiness in my Spirit. Humanity is too hard and lovely – time is too fleeting to desire cold hard cash as my daily happiness quota. I’m a part of God’s creation and I want to slow down and take in the world more. Cash will help me live a more comfortable life physically, but spiritually, it won’t last (I’ll spend it all viewing/traveling the world). LOL
Okay, back to work. I guess that I would like that big gig after all (so that I can view/travel the world). LOL
The honest cold hard advice that I know at age 40 is this: there is nothing secure in entertainment and don’t expect happiness from this business.
My warm loving advice is this: Enjoy and strive for the highest quality work, and the connections that you make with people around you. Happiness comes from the people who love you and your love in return. I will also add that God’s love gives me complete peace (a pleasant surprise – my feelings anyway).
PS: Yes, I will start making my batch of fresh corn bread, which I also love. Thank you. 🙂