Positive Thinkers UNITE!


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
Members: 1126
Latest Activity: Apr 10, 2019

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 Derek Chappell on May 26, 2008 at 10:24am
Thanks for guiding me to this site and to allowing me to join the group of Positive Thinkers. Thanks to your words of wisdom when we met in San Diego, I am now chasing my dream of becoming a top notch voice actor. Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring others like myself to not only chase that dream, but to know that it can become a reality. I look forward to sharing more and hearing more from others in this group, and to seeing you in LA in August. -Derek
Comment by Penny Abshire on May 25, 2008 at 12:12pm
Anthony - you are such a peach! Remember, I am of the age that when the Beatles were brand new, I was only a teenager! YIKES! I remember ALL their songs really well! And I agree - we all need a little help from our friends.

I admire you greatly, dear man. You have taken your idea of producing VO workshops on the east coast and made it a reality - keep up the good work! The world needs more people like you!
Comment by Penny Abshire on May 25, 2008 at 12:10pm
Hi Amy! Thanks for joining and for your great comments! It really does feel good to be living your true purpose, doesn't it? I'd love to hear your whole story someday.

Like minds have a way of getting things to happen, so I have no doubt we will meet someday. WELCOME!
Comment by Anthony Piselli on May 25, 2008 at 9:52am
Thank you for sharing your stiry and for putting this group together!! Their are soooo Many people out there who take the easy road and fall into negative thinking and patterns!!
I soo look forward to living my dream too -with a little help from all my new friends here--hmmm- it hink I hear a Beatles tune coming on-- :-)
Thanks Penny
Comment by Amy Taylor on May 25, 2008 at 8:23am

I knew I had to join this group as soon as I saw the title! Your story parallels mine in many ways. Suffice it to say that since I stopped playing it safe and gave in to my "true" purpose on the planet, I can't imagine living my life any other way. I look forward to meeting some great, like-minded souls here. Thank you for creating this forum!!!!


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Comment by Penny Abshire on May 24, 2008 at 5:33pm
Thanks, Bobbin, Rick and PraiZe! So far, this group is attracting just the right kind of people. Please share it with others. We can never get too much positive thinking out there!
Comment by Bobbin Beam on May 24, 2008 at 5:13pm
Thank you for the invitation, Penny. I look forward to being part of something so....positive!
Comment by VU - Founder - Zurek on May 24, 2008 at 3:51pm
You are an amazing person, Penny:)

I love when you wrote,"I want to help as many people as I possibly can realize their dreams!"

I often say, "Greatness is defined by your service to others," and YOU exemplify just that.
Comment by praiZe on May 24, 2008 at 7:13am
Hi Penny! I THINK this was a POSTIVELY GREAT idea for a group!



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