I admit I have been kind of a dork. I never was good at writing down all the credits I had for my resume. The other day I was trying to remember what I had done and was drawing all sorts of blanks. Besides what has been posted in the IMDB, there are all sorts of things that were never written down. Maybe because I’m sort of ancient and my brain is getting feeble. Meaning; I a did a lost of parts before computers were popular.
There is a site that keeps popping up on Facebook called Behind the Voice Actors that lists me as having about 30+ credits. HEEEELLLOO! I’ve been a voice actor for over 30 years and have probably done hundreds if not thousands of projects. The problem is; I can’t remember all the parts I’ve done. Oh, well. That’s OK. Does anyone really care? Probably not. I’m just grateful I’m on the site at all. In the film industry, it’s not what you’ve done. It’s what you’re doing now. Hey, that’s okay. We all evolve, especially when we get older. There are actually other interesting things in life besides acting. (although acting is really fun)
I remember when I was much younger, (before kids) and all I could think about was acting. It was “the work”, you know? I often chuckle when I hear young actors talk like that. It’s that idealist blinder focus that you have, and that’s OK. The thing is, as you get older, all sorts of things happen in your life. Having kids totally grounds you and makes you realize that there are other priorities. And then there’s travel, fun, entertainment, relaxation . . . you name it.
One thing people don’t realize about acting, and I’m not saying this to deter you from your dreams, because acting is certainly fun, but you have to plan for what may happen when you get older. You have to empower yourself to create more than one income stream than just acting itself, because it’s just too darn unpredictable. One day you’re hot and the next day you’re chopped liver.
I don’t stress about it though. I have lots of other things to keep me busy when I’m not recording. It makes it all the more fun when I do get to work or get invited to attend a convention-vacation, which I love. I have no problem imparting wisdom to those who want to know what doing voiceover work is all about. I love to share and it is fun visiting places I’ve never been before.
Mind you, I would love to go someplace exotic like Australia or Argentina. Hey, why not? Life is short. We have to enjoy it when we can. I’m not on the “convention circuit” at all, with a convention agent or what not. I’m completely independent and ready to jump in a plane if asked for a small fee. So if you know of something going on that would be fun and adventurous, let me know. In the meantime, I will try to get my aged brain to remember all the fun, crazy projects I’ve worked on. I think my friend Dave Mallow has written down every single project he’s ever done. I never did. Darn.
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