A close friend of mine has been walking around with an “I told you so” attitude lately.
Several years ago, he adopted an apocalyptic religious view. He frequents the books of Daniel & Revelation in the bible, and has been chronicling what he believes is the growing proof of the coming end-times.
Lately, he’s getting plenty of fuel for his fire.
I disagree with my friend about an imminent abrupt end to the world. But have you noticed lately in your video game character auditions how the plot always revolves around survivors in a post-apocalyptic world scrabbling to survive?
What is the obsession with that story line, anyway?
Call me a Pollyanna, but I’ve always been an optimist. I’m also in my late 60’s, and over the years I’ve seen many a prognosticator warn of some sort of cataclysm about to strike that will end the world as we know it.
‘Hasn’t happened yet.
‘Last I checked, humanity is still plodding along. Sometimes it’s not pretty, but it ain’t decimation either.
Oddly enough, proof that opportunity exists in the midst of strife is most poignantly proven by fraudsters and scam artists, who inevitably (and creatively) capitalize on discord to make money.
But beyond all the hype, there is hope. And hope is not just some arcane belief in a future where all things work out for the good…a light at the end of the tunnel. Hope actually has structure, and is best described by Brené Brown who is a professor, TED-talk favorite, and author of topics revolving around courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy.
Brown explains how hope happens when:
- We have the ability to set realistic goals
- We are able to figure out how to achieve these goals (including the ability to stay flexible and develop alternative routes)
- We believe in ourselves
I don’t know about you, but those 3 points pretty much perfectly describe a road map to freelance voiceover success. Can you think of a single successful voice actor who doesn’t use those 3 principles?
I can’t either.
So stop worrying about apocalypse, start engaging in appreciation (gratefulness for what you have that is good).