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Positive Thinkers UNITE!

A place to share the great experiences that have happened as a direct result of Positive Thinking. Also quotes and inspiring stories to encourage others. Need a boost? This is the place to get it! All positive thinkers are welcome!

Website: http://www.pennyabshire.com
Location: San Diego, CA
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Penny's Story:

In college I studied journalism and theater arts. My dream was a career in the theater. I was also a trained classical pianist and had aspirations of going on tour. But, alas, it was my heart that turned me from that direction. I fell in love and put homemaking and motherhood ahead of those dreams. Mind you, I have never regretted it!  I have been married to the same great guy for 46 years – have two amazing sons, two equally amazing daughters-in-law and four beautiful grand kids! But as one does, as I grew older I often wondered what "could have been."

As my kids got older, I went back into the work force as a secretary and then later as a paralegal. It was good, steady money, it was safe and I was very good at it. But for the most part, I hated it! For a creative person, that kind of repetitive work is just a slow, lingering death. Please don't misunderstand and think I don't admire those who work as secretaries or paralegals - I certainly do! It just wasn't where I was supposed to be. But because it was “safe,” I continued working and justifying to myself that I was doing the responsible thing.

I went to my very first voice over class at the ripe old age of 47. In fact, I went kicking and screaming! I didn't want to go and a friend practically had to shove me through the door! Mostly it was because I was afraid of looking foolish or failing. I am so glad I did it anyway! I left that first 3-hour class (taught by James Alburger) KNOWING that voice acting was what I was supposed to be doing with the rest of my life. I can't explain it, I just KNEW. This short introductory class literally changed the direction of my life! It seemed I had been asking God for so many years what my "real" purpose was in life and that night I got my answer.

Then, the "voices" started talking to me. . . "You're too old! What's wrong with you? This isn't the type of career you start when you're almost 50 years old! You idiot! You’re going to look ridiculous in class. Everyone there will be younger and more talented than you!” And on and on and on and on. It was a continuous flow of negative thoughts. Like most people, those voices in my head were VERY loud and for almost a year, I let them win. My family would ask, “Are you ever going to take those voice classes, mom?” And I would reply, “Oh, yes – definitely. I’m definitely going to take them. . .someday!” One day, my youngest son asked me that question and when I replied with, “Someday . . .” he said, “Mom, admit it – if you weren’t scared to do it, you would have already done it!”

Out of the mouths of babes…… Well, he was 22 at the time, but still......

Anyway, I called Jim that day and signed up for classes. And it was hard to make that call. My "voices" were extremely loud! But because of my son, I finally had the courage to tell them to shut up! I finally found the courage to follow my dreams. One of the things that got me "off my duff" was this thought - In 10 years I will be 57. Do I want to look back in 10 years and say, “Darn, I wish I’d done that!” Or do I want to look back and see all I have accomplished in the last 10 years doing what I love? It was pretty much a no-brainer in my book. But imagine my very conservative husband's face when I announced I was quitting a good paying job with benefits to work as an actor! Fortunately, after 29 years of marriage, he understood me pretty well. But I'm sure at the time he thought I'd lost my mind! Now he can't tell enough people what I do and he brags about me and my accomplishments constantly --- I really love that!

That was 17 years ago this year (2015). Today I work full-time as a busy voice actor, director, copywriter and producer. I have written my first book. I am the Executive Producer of the only Voiceover Convention in the world – VOICE (VoiceOver International Creative Experience) and I have hundreds of students who I now call dear friends! I have traveled all over the world and met some incredible people while teaching. My days are filled with excitement and anticipation - something I never experienced as a secretary! It's something new every day. New projects, new scripts, new techniques, new teachers and best of all - new people! And I work with the nicest guy on the planet - my first teacher and now my partner and best friend, James Alburger.

Yes, the last 17 years have been absolutely wonderful and I believe I’m only getting started. My goal for the next 17 years? It's the same it has always been. . .

I want to help as many people as I possibly can to realize their dreams!

When 10 more years have passed, I know I will again look back and be excited about what's been accomplished!

So, for any of you out there who think you’re too old (or any other excuse you're currently using) to pursue your voice acting career, please don't let your age be an obstacle. Age is only a number. I know I don't feel (or act) like I'm 64 but that's what the calendar says. Actually, I'm darn proud of being my age and to be doing what I'm doing. Sadly, I've seen too many people hold themselves back from accomplishing their dreams because of what other people might think. You just have to say, "Ah, to heck with them!” If you have a dream (and it is truly your heart’s desire) the ONLY person who can stop you --- is you.

You only have one life. Choose to enjoy it doing something you love!

Will you share YOUR story with us?

My best wishes to you all!


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Comment by Denedria Banks on November 1, 2010 at 7:30pm
Hello PTU!!! It's been a great Monday for me....marketing...Marketing...and more MARKETING!!! Whoever said the life of a voice over talent was easy (especially for a newbie!) LOL
Comment by Jack Hamlett on November 1, 2010 at 3:48pm
Monday morning are great what better way to start the week than by doing 6 demo for new clients. it rocks. Mondays are a fun way to start your prosperous and yet fun week out .All my new friends have a great Monday and remember this is the only Monday you get this week. make it count.
Your friend Jack
Comment by Lauren Sowa on November 1, 2010 at 3:26pm
I am new to the VO world, but I am a long-time positive thinker! I come from a theatre background where positive thinking is all that will keep you going when you're constantly being rejected! Nice to meet a group of like-minded people. I look forward to getting to know you all better! :)Lauren
Comment by Diane Merritt on November 1, 2010 at 3:19pm
Mondays are ALWAYS my best day!
Comment by Penny Abshire on November 1, 2010 at 3:12pm

You all are so great!

I posted this on Facebook this morning:

Hello Monday! It's going to be an AMAZING day!

Within just few minutes, several of my wonderful PTU friends were already telling me how amazing their Mondays are!

It reminded of just how much of our lives are based upon our choices. So many people think they have no control whatsoever about how their days will unfold. How many times have you heard someone say, "Yuck, I HATE Mondays!"?

I used to be one of them! It's probably no surprise that I experienced some pretty miserable Mondays.

On of the greatest realizations of my life has been that I am in control my PRESENT! No, not my FUTURE - definitely not my PAST, but today....well, THAT I can decide to either make miserable or wonderful. . . my choice!

So, I've decided that Mondays are the most wonderful day of the week - the first page of what will be an incredible week! They are full of possibilities and opportunities! By Friday - WOW! I will have so many successes to look back on from the week!!

WOO HOO!! Bring on the Mondays!!!

Today will you give it some thought? Are you programming for light, love and happiness in your life? Or are you expecting rejection, despair, and darkness.

It really is your choice. Whatever you expect, that's what you'll get.

Love you guys!

Big hugs,

Comment by Vanessa Hart on October 31, 2010 at 3:27pm
Welcome home Darla! Sounds like you had a blast - parasailing -WOW - I'm impressed as well - can't wait to hear all about it -
Comment by Darla Middlebrook on October 31, 2010 at 3:18pm
Back from Cancun. Parasailing was great! Just sooo cool!! You don't get wet at all and when you are up there you can see for miles and miles. Wish I had taken my camera up with me.

Resting up today and tomorrow so that I can get back to VO work.
Comment by Andy Boyns on October 29, 2010 at 5:04am
Thanks Denedria - stay focused and believe.... you'll find the way!

You know we all have some sort of disability, and I just love this community which focuses on developing, and nurturing our abilities... these we can use to overcome the negatives, and reach new heights (even if Darla is currently using this to paraglide safely down to earth!). Have a great weekend, everyone :-)
Comment by Penny Abshire on October 28, 2010 at 11:56pm
Just read on FB that Darla went parasailing in Cancun today!

Darla, you are my hero! I've never had the nerve to try it and have always wanted to. You GO girl!!!!!
Comment by Denedria Banks on October 28, 2010 at 11:08pm
I've been away for a couple of days, but must say that Andy's comment was very touching for me. I, too, have a form of Muscular Dystrophy. I am not in a chair, but my physical issues are visible. "The Golden Rule" takes on so many different meanings for so many people.

Thanks Andy for sharing that story. I will visit his blog.

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