Gratitude is a tricky thing. As voice actors we are grateful for a courteous producer, a great piece of copy, heck we are just grateful for a paying gig!!! In our daily lives the hustle and bustle of work; home, family and miscellaneous obligations weigh heavily upon most of us as an albatross of responsibility. We love our families and our jobs and our crazy, hectic schedules but gratitude for the most part is not something that we easily live into. Why is that?
Yesterday was a day where humility and gratitude were bountiful. As a training facility we are lucky enough to have students from all walks of life. We have many enrolled in our program that are veterans or currently work for veteran’s affairs agencies. These dedicated individuals not only protect and serve but they also carve out time to pursue their dreams in voice acting.
I have tremendous respect for any individual who puts him or herself in the forefront and goes after that dream that makes them fulfilled. Whether that be serving your country, being a stay-at-home dad, or pursuing your dream in voice acting, the goal is that we all stand by those convictions and goals and strive for right in all we do. With that said, gratitude then creeps into focus. Gratitude for where we are at this very moment and what sacrifices we have made to get there. A vet giving his life on the front lines, an office worker coordinating veteran aid, or a voice actor donating their services for the cause. We must have gratitude for what we have, where we are at right now and what it has taken for us to get there. With this gratitude comes humility and with that humility, in my opinion, comes great opportunity; an opportunity to see someone in a new light, to judge an experience from a different angle and an opportunity for growth in our lives both professionally and personally.
I extend my personal gratitude to all of the Vets out there on this day and every day, as your sacrifice makes my dreams a reality. With that gratitude comes the opportunity to pursue fulfilling interpersonal relationships with varying members of society and with that interaction comes the growth we all crave.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson