It has been done before.
A million times.
Stop trying to sound like someone else,
Or look like someone else,
Or act like someone else.
When you do,
You lose what makes you YOU.
And YOU is what we want to see.
Learn from the best.
Find inspiration around you,
And use your imagination
To create a career
Only you can create.
Make time for what moves you.
Eliminate the irrelevant.
Cut the clutter,
And surround yourself with people
Who support your dreams
And keep you down to earth.
And have the courage
To stick out
And stand out.
And charge a decent fee
For decent work.
Use your wits.
Trust your intuition.
Enjoy the Now.
Play your own game!
Paul Strikwerda ©nethervoice
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Debby Barnes says
It’s a double Amen from me, brother! 🙂
Lynne Darlington says
Well said Paul – there are many good T shirts in this one too!
Justin S Barrett says
Love the succinct simplicity, Paul. Thanks!
steve hammill says
Good post, Paul.
When you think about the really great VOs and actors, in nearly all cases, they play themselves in different modes and situations.
jill goldman says
Yes, yes, yes. Lovely. Thanks, Paul!
Rosi Amador says
¡Pues claro que sí! But of course, as always you nail it and I love the poetic treatment you gave these. And what does doing all of this require? Courage as well as embracing vulnerability and fear. One foot in front of the other as you build towards these. Thanks again Paul. And happy new year. Thanks for all you bring to our community and the world. ¡Feliz año nuevo to you and your loved ones!
Mike McGonegal says
Yes truly – very well said Paul! Happy New Year and here’s to an absolutely phenomenal 2015!
Paul Strikwerda says
Thank you all for your warm responses to my semi-poetic post. “How to play your own game” is certainly going to be a theme for this blog on 2015. May the new year bring all of us continued success, personally as well as professionally!
Paul Payton says
Two experiences popped into my mind reading this:
1. For years, I was asked, “Can you sound like James Earl Jones?” My answer would always be, “I can sound like myself in that style. and my session costs less than his.” I’d usually get the gig!
2. A fellow VO was in New York at an agent’s office and overheard someone talking about “getting a Paul Payton type.” My first reaction: “Wow – I’ve made it – I’m finally a ‘type’!” My second reaction, a few seconds later: “Hey – they could have the original – but no one called to ask me!”
Not sure what the above observations mean, except that your very well-written piece inspired them. Keep up the good blogging, my friend – and have a happy, healthy and successful 2015!
Rick Lance Studio says
Hey… a new format! Cool… and of course, well stated, Paul!
Sally Blake says
So very true ! Happy New Year Paul
Kent Ingram says
Advice well-taken, Paul! Thanks!
Ruth Weisberg says
Best. Script. Ever. That is all.
Debbie Irwin says
I think I auditioned for that script last week!
Then heard it on the TV this morning!!
Or maybe I was just dreaming….
Keep the vibe alive. And thrive.