I have had a very slow couple of months and I had all but given up hope. I was starting to look up jobs in the paper and on-line. I had already broke the news to my wife that I was going back to regular employment. I just didn't have enough savings to make it another month without a paycheck. Then all of the sudden the floodgates just opened up. I have been busy for several weeks non-stop with work. I have worked on over a half dozen trailers for movies and tv series on DVD... even a Jean-Claude Van Damme Direct-to-DVD movie. :D It just goes to show that dreams never die. So you should never give up on them. Sometimes, you may have to pause your dreams, but don't ever give up on them.

 

We're still looking for agents and my SAG application should be approved within the month and I'm hoping that improves business. My VO coach said that I'm very talented and that I'm one of those guys "who can just do anything... from trailers to commercials." He said that any agent would be proud to represent me. He said the only thing I lack is "perspective" which is not a term I'm familiar with in this industry. Anyone else heard that term? Apparently it has to do with confidence and knowing how to nail auditions and how to approach a script and some other stuff. How to determine the difference between the read for a comedy and an action film, for example. I'm really good at taking direction from producers. I often call myself the "voice monkey" because my friends and family treat me like one of those sidewalk performing monkeys when it comes to doing voices for them. :/ But when it comes to work, I usually handle myself very well and very professionally. Apparently, it's not actual sessions with the producers that the coach is worried about, it's the auditioning process. He is trying to help me master what the client wants to hear. My only concern is, the things he was teaching me, I don't hear in any commercials, promos, or trailers. So I took what he had to say with a grain of salt. Can't hurt to have some extra VO coaching on my resume and let's face it, we all can improve. I know I'm still a rookie at this compared to most VA veterans so I'm in the constant state of improving and reinventing myself. Apparently, it's all about creating a unique brand for myself.

 

I look forward to what the future holds and I am very proud that God took me from nothing and made me into something. We truly have a rags to riches story and I'm always hopefully that our dream will never die and things will always get better and better.

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Comment by Jason Rooney on May 24, 2011 at 3:43pm
Good for you buddy!
Comment by Eric Funk on May 13, 2011 at 8:22am
Great inspiration for all of us Jon!  There's a great quote from Thomas Edison who said "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up".  I recall an email from Don LaFontaine - king of the movie trailers, who said it was years before he realized his v/o career wasn't over every time he went through a slow period.  Ha - I tend to lean on that advice a lot!  Congrats on your rebound.  Rembember, when it gets slow - you're in good company.

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