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Voice Coaches Radio #545 – What’ll Your Legacy Be?

Voice Coaches Radio. Everything voiceover. Welcome to a brand new episode of Voice Coaches Radio, or should I say Voice Coaches After Dark. Yeah, I'm actually doing this on a late night. Uh, you know, my schedule's a little weird. I kind of go back and forth during the week when I'm teaching and, uh, you know, this happens to be one of the late nights and I had some time and I'm like, you know what?

I'm just going to go ahead and hop on the podcast because like, why the heck not, uh, but I do hope that you, uh, have been enjoying the summer, you know, I'm just looking at the date right now and it's like, where did the summer go? Like, can, can we bring it back? Cause we're like right around, like it's almost Labor Day.

Like I'm, I don't know about you, but I'm not, I'm not comfortable with that. Like I, um, I kind of want, I've enjoyed my summer, but I would like a little bit of a do over. Or, um, an extended. Uh, extended play if we could, you know, instead of it being just like a, a single, uh, you know, remember the singles, cassette singles and CD singles back in the day, I want the extended play where it's like five or seven, like, give me a remix.

Uh, that's what I want right now. Um, am I showing my age as well? I don't even care. You know what? I love me a good CD single. I have so many of them at home. They're collector's items. Now you realize, right? Because I mean, they just don't make them anymore. Uh, they barely. Make any kind of single, to be honest.

I feel like you go, you can't even, can you purchase songs online anymore? Like, do you do that through Amazon or like? I don't think, like, like, uh, iTunes doesn't really do that anymore. You just stream everything, right? I don't know. I'm a hard copy kind of girl. That's my thing. And I got a lot of vinyl at home.

I've got, I've got CDs. Uh, and people think I'm crazy. I don't care. I like a hard copy. Do you know how many times something I've owned has, like, pieces of technology have broken or crashed? Like, I... I want the hard copy, so I don't have to worry about that. And again, this is definitely showing my age and I'm starting to get embarrassed.

So let's just keep moving along, shall we? Um, you know, this was what was funny earlier today to talk about embarrassing. So I've talked about my, my ridiculous eye issue on this podcast before. Uh, but basically like, you know, the, the short of the long is that. I have a permanent eye issue. It happened during the, uh, whole pandemic situation.

And, um, it, it is permanent and I have to get like a shot of medicine in my eye periodically, which is really, it's a lot of fun. Uh, but that being said, I'm like a week out from getting the next shot and what's happened is. I've got like this new symptom and I can't tell if maybe allergies are starting to be the actual factor But my eye has just been watering and just the one eye just the left eye Which is why I think it's something else.

It's not just allergies because that is the bad one and Periodically throughout the day today. I've noticed it's like I'd have that one lone teardrop that would just Suddenly rolled down my cheek and, um, I started kind of warning students ahead of time. I'm like, listen, if you see one dramatic teardrop just fall from my eye, please know you have not upset me in any kind of way.

And we are not living in some kind of romantic comedy. Uh, this is just the comedy of my life and know that I am broken. Um, so it's been a fun day. I'll tell you that. Uh, now I wanted to get into something that everybody that I've ever met that's in this industry. They'll ask that question of like, you know, what, what should I focus on?

Like, where do you think my voice fits and what do you think I should do? And, you know, what, what kind of goals should I have? And it's like, well, that, I mean, I feel like all of that is truly up to you. You know, at the end of the day, you know, what you want to do and what you want to accomplish and how you want to grow to get to where you want to be like that truly all comes back to you.

And the work that you put in, right? Like, I know that down the line, like, it would be really cool for me to be able to do nothing but radio and just be at home and be able to kind of create my own schedule. And in a lot of ways, that's what I do now. Um, you know, and I never thought that would be something that was possible.

Like, if somebody had said that to me back in, like, 2019, I would have been like, okay, that's not even an option. Uh, because, like, we were not embracing technology in that way then. But we are now. And, and because of that, I've been benefiting quite, quite vastly, uh, you know, when it comes to the radio side of things and when it comes to the commercial work side of things.

And, you know, it's kind of nice to be able to, on a late day, especially like today, it's like I have my whole, whole morning time to go ahead and. Kind of just easily move throughout the first part of my day. I didn't have anything that was scheduled, it was all on my time frame of when I could get it done.

And, uh, and that is kind of the dream in my eyes. So that is kind of like my be all end all, I think. You know, being able to have that, that freedom, that, that flexibility. Um, and, and that very well could end up being what, what your goal is. Uh, but some people have. Other aspirations, you know, it's not about the schedule per se.

It's about the type of work that they're doing now I read an article recently. I think this guy does he voice Bugs Bunny? he had voiced one of the I think it was one of the Looney Tunes characters in the recent Space Jam movie and like does like the actual cartoon right now and you know, the thing was is like He ended up obviously not being the original Bugs or Daffy or whoever it might be because I mean that first time that was done was so long ago.

It was before like, you know, even our parents were born. Uh, that. He was following in somebody else's footsteps. Like somebody else created that character. He happens to be good at like mimicking that character and putting his own little spin on it. And, and that now is what he's done. And he actually threw it out there.

It's like, would he like to be known? for just the voice of, of that character that he didn't even create? Or would he like to be known for something else that he did create? You know, maybe the, the future Bugs Bunny. And, sure, that is something that he would like, but he's also not upset with the fact that he is followed In some big footsteps, with a very, not just like, widely known character, but like a nationally, globally known character.

Bugs Bunny is everywhere, you know? So it's like, how cool is that? And Sure. I mean, maybe we have those aspirations. It's like, you know what, you want to get into some character work, and you really do want to go ahead, and you want to create your own character. I mean, that, that's possible. You might very well be able to do that.

But if what you end up getting is something so cool, like you are the voice of Bugs Bunny, how can you possibly be mad at that? Like, that guy has to be making some decent money, you know? And he's an iconic character, and that's... His name is always going to be attached to that in some kind of way when they look at the credits and that is, uh, that is kind of cool, but your, your legacy is up to you.

So the, the, the thing is, is like, I think, you know, you've got to, you've got to build up to what the big goal is. You know, you can think of big picture and like, this is my be all end all. This is what I really, really want to be able to do at some point. And right now it might seem like it's so far out in left field, like it's so unattainable.

But you take the small steps to get to where you want to be and you keep growing and you keep building And you can eventually get there You know, so you've got to kind of create the roadmap for yourself to understand how can I make this happen? And everybody's path is going to be a little different, you know, and everybody's path has little bumps and hiccups in the road.

And, you know, there's going to be days where you're just like, ah, what am I? doing, but you got to fight through and you've got to keep going. You know, how many times have I said that those two words alone, keep going are so incredibly important because you just, you don't know what's coming. And in the moment of feeling defeated and feeling like you've been run over by a truck and like, how many more times can I go through this?

You better be able to go through a handful more times. Because that's just how life is. If I've learned anything over the last few years, that is exactly how life is. You know, you can go ahead and you can plan as much as you want. You can plan everything, every minute of every waking day, you know, but at the end of the day, we're not really truly in control of anything.

We just have to. Keep going with everything that is handed to us, and what comes our way, and what our day to day ends up being like, and what path we're on. And we have to make do with what we've got, and what is given to us. Uh, you know, because things are gonna start to slightly change, you know, as you are going and making those steps and those improvements, and, you know, reaching one lily pad to the next, if you will.

Uh, but, But, you know, there are going to be those tough moments, uh, just because the universe is in control. You know, we're just, uh, we're just a player in its game, you know? So the best thing that you can do for yourself right now is understand what is your big goal. What is, what is it? Like, I'm sure I said that and like something popped into your head.

Write it down. Write it down. Let that be the top of like the pyramid. And you now go down to the bottom and figure out how can I climb my way up. You know, and, and just, you know, give yourself the, the small things that you could do daily that can start putting you in the right direction, in the right place, in the right position to start making some of those moves that can get you a little bit up at a time.

And just know there might be a time where you do take a step back or you fall down a little bit and you're going to take those steps to get right back to where you were and then you're going to progress a little further. You might fall back again a little bit and then you're going to build yourself back up.

It's an, it's an always growing and learning and building process and it's going to take some time. Um, and everybody's timetables a little bit differently. But what you get and what you put in is what you get back. Uh, you know, so just know that the hustle never stops and keep on going. Uh, if there's anything that you want to discuss here on the podcast, info at voice coaches.

com. Of course, brand new episodes coming at you again next week. And, uh, We're not going to be in September yet, right? No. If I carry the four now, it's still going to be August. So, so thank God I'm not ready for labor day yet. Okay. Uh, I'm going to keep wearing white and, uh, I will check in with you next week.

Enjoy the rest of the summer. Keep me in state and I'll talk to you soon. Visit voice coaches. com for more voiceover news and information.

This Week on Voice Coaches Radio, Marissa talks about an article she recently read and the question that came along with it. What will your voice over legacy be?