… is change
As quoted in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible: Ecclesiastes 1:9:
“What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.”
This is not just “reflective Dave” waxing eloquent on a Thursday. This is the CourVO who has time and time again been reminded (even in my 7th month of retirement from TV) that there’s some profound and fundamental truth to that quote.
Even the shiniest new toy, and the trendiest new social media platform doesn’t gloss-over the core of human experience:
*excellence rises to the top
*there is a hunger for originality
*we’re tribal at our core
*humans are competitive (and sociable)
*unique, creative content is rewarded
*we seek joy and happiness
There’s more — of course there’s more — and I’m not a philosopher or psychologist. Basic human selfishness fits into the equation somewhere, too. Ego. The urge to HAVE things. But we come into the world alone, and we go out alone, and in between, it’s what we do to/for/in service of others that seems to matter most in the final analysis.
That’s why I find such reward in the freelance voice-over work I do. I’m actually providing something of value to someone else. In the course of providing it, I get to make a new relationship.
I’m expected to be excellent in my work…original, unique. It brings me joy, and hopefully it makes my client happy. What’s not to like?
When you lose sight the fact that you’re relating to and for other human beings in the voice work you do, then you’ve lost the heart ‘n’ soul of your endeavour.
Then it’s just…business.
So, I’m not…you’re not, doing anything new under the sun; but in serving someone else, in being creatively unique, you’ve enhanced the definition of being human… you human being.