Earlier this week, I re-tweeted a great comment from casting director Dana Bowling:
Since several people asked me about my journaling process, I thought this post with a few ideas might help you start or further your own.
Since I haven’t posted an article in over 6 months (gasp!), you might think my blog went into hibernation and never came out. However, I’m busy creating content that remains unseen to my audience.
First, I have several articles in progress for this blog to aid narrators with research.
I’m also writing a series of articles for my author blog. I’m basing them on the presentation I gave to the Atlanta Sisters in Crime chapter about the stages of audiobook production. I provided members with this rack card to plan their trip to Audiobook World. I recorded and transcribed my talk to re-purpose the info into a format I could share on my site. The articles relate to the stops on the map. I wanted to write all of these articles before I posted them so I could schedule them to publish on consecutive weeks.
Beyond developing stories for my blogs, I’m excited to tell you I recently launched a new site NarratorsRoadmap.com. This site will expand my work to help narrators of all levels. I’m gratified by the enormous positive reaction of the narrator community to this endeavor!
Currently, NarratorsRoadmap.com contains loads of terrific information and resources from a number of pros about getting started as an audiobook narrator. I’m working with Voice Actor Websites, a wonderfully creative and highly responsive team, on the design and implementation of the full site. Meanwhile, I’m creating the content. I hope you’ll sign up for updates! The first one will go out soon to give everyone the preview of coming attractions. (This tweet is a hint!)
Starting today, Tuesday 28 May at 10:00am and concurrent with this article, I will post quick tips on my Twitter account. I’ll write my #TuesdayTips on a postcard, naturally, and they’ll cover a range of subjects, from online safety to software usage to marketing tactics.
Even though I am a full-time empress of information, I continue to narrate books! If I don’t have an assignment from a publisher, I create my own projects. I’m prepping a comprehensive biography about Mary Todd Lincoln.
I wanted to share these activities with you to illustrate that just because we don’t see things happening, or our desires aren’t manifesting on our timetable, we shouldn’t give in to discouragement. Hidden forces are moving conditions around in our favor!
Here here are 4 quotes that sustain and inspire me while I’m on the path toward unlocking the next achievement. I hope you find them helpful, too.
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it,
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
I would like to urge you to embrace the art of slow-motion multitasking. Not because you’re in a hurry, but because you’re in no hurry at all…If you have another exciting, challenging project to work on, being stuck on one is just an opportunity to do something else.
Most people think that you start off not thriving. Then you get a TV show or some other amazing opportunity, you get fame, you get fortune, and then you thrive. That’s certainly what I thought earlier in my own life. But what’s interesting to me is that Chip and I got to a place where we were thriving — as a couple, as a family, as business partners — before any of this new success unfolded.
I read where an elephant is pregnant for two years. Because the animal is so big, it takes more time for that baby elephant to grow and develop…People around you may be giving birth. They’re seeing their dreams come to pass. Be happy for them. But the reason it’s taking longer for you is because, like that elephant, what you’re carrying is not ordinary. It’s not average. What you’re going to give birth to is going to be bigger, more rewarding, more fulfilling than you’ve ever dreamed. Don’t get discouraged by the process.
Do you have a favorite quote to help you stay inspired and motivated? I’d love for you to share it in the comments!
It’s finally here! Settle in for the 4th and final article about analyzing the questions on my Audiobook Narrator Self-Assessment Quiz. If you’ve missed the previous posts in this series, check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
This time, we’ll talk about the Financial Considerations section of the Quiz. I was taught to never discuss money in a job interview until you know you are a good fit for the position. I saved this section until the end for the same reason.
We’re halfway through with the questions on my Audiobook Narrator Self-Assessment Quiz! To catch up, start with Analyzing the Audiobook Narrator Self-Assessment Quiz Part 1.
Most of this blog’s readers know about the audiobook production site ACX.com. Each year, ACX produces educational programming called ACX University. I had the great pleasure of being a guest speaker on the topic of Acting With Intention in one of the 2018 ACX University sessions.
During and after the video broadcast, I chatted with viewers. As usual for the Queen of Links, I shared a number of resources in that chat session. I also answered a number of questions.
While the chat is embedded with the video, I wanted to post all of the ancillary material and discussion here on my blog to make it easier to reference. That way, you can watch the video and not worry about missing anything.
After I published my last article, Drew and I moved to a new house! We had lived in our other house for 30 years, so it took 6 weeks to get everything relocated from there to here. We’re STILL unpacking and hanging artwork in between our other activities, including actually doing some work!
Like finding the right place to live and physically moving in, choosing the right career — even if it’s a career change — should start with significant self-reflection about the way you want to structure your life, the activities you enjoy, and your skills. I think most people spend more time planning their vacations than they do in planning their lives!
Many people think they want to become an audiobook narrator until they realize that being successful in this career entails a large number of skills and personality traits they may not have considered. I therefore created my Audiobook Narrator Self-Assessment Quiz.
In the first article about analyzing your answers, I explained the rationale behind the questions in the Baseline and Language sections.