Thank you 2014

And so here we are at the end of another year. Well, I say “we”, but of course you really could be reading this at any of other available 364 days of any given year. So to you, Happy Easter/Halloween/Birthday/Valentines/Anniversary/Labour Day/Presidents Day….well, you get the idea. As long as you leave this blog feeling appreciated, then my work will have been done.

Many people have taken the time to post a look back at their years on Facebook. A year of highs and lows – you know, just like EVERYONE ELSE ON THE PLANET!!!! Don’t get me wrong, I do see the value on social networking, but to point out to your nearest and dearest that a full year has had its mixture of joy and sorrow is about as interesting and surprising as telling people that you saw an interesting drop of rain some time around March.

So, like all of you, my year too has been a roller coaster ride of circumstances and emotions, but as this is my last blogpost of 2014, I think I’ll focus on the good stuff, and allow you to keep in mind that there were days which were not all that great, and that there’s no reason to dwell on them.

My biggest change was in finally hanging up the 9 to 5 and plunging into the world of being my own boss. It’s only been a few months but so far I am loving it. Naturally, I do miss the office banter, but if I’m looking for conversation, I pick up the phone and call clients, so it’s all worked out well.

The major advantage is that I am so much more available for voice over work than I was before. Now, whenever my agent calls to ask if I’m available on a certain day, the answer is an emphatic ‘yes’, and of course, being available for more work has naturally lead to more work, which is fantastic.

I’ve voiced so many different things this year; commercials, e Learning programmes, informercials, apps, corporate presentations, explainer videos, telephone systems, foreign dubbing productions and so much more. In terms of characters and accents, I’ve been English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, American, upper class, middle class, decidedly working class and utterly lacking class. I’ve been a dog, a detective, an army of zombies, an entire solar system of talking planets, an old lady, and for the last couple of months, Santa Claus – numerous times.

I also started to teach, as students of a Performing Arts A Level were tasked with completing a module on how to find work as a voice over. We had a great afternoon’s workshop and I’ll be talking about that in a future blogpost as I am keen to see where else I could run the same workshop.

And through all of that, I have had an absolute blast! I simply cannot wait to get stuck into 2015. As I write this, my schedule for the first few months is already starting to fill out nicely, and I still get a pang of excitement every time the phone rings or an email from either a new or existing client comes in.

I’ve always worked to a simple philosophy when it comes to work – When it stops being fun, stop doing it. I don’t see myself anywhere near that point in my life, so I wish all of you reading this in real time a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.