Today I did something I haven’t done since 2002. I quit my job!
The past 3 jobs I’ve had, I’ve been “let go” from. Dismissed, let go, fired, or (my personal favorite) the company is going in a different direction. No matter how you say it, it all means the same thing….fired!
I’m not talking about voice over jobs. I’m talking about a typical “labor” job.
We’ve all had them. Some of us voice actors have the typical “job” AND do voice overs.
This time, I wanted to quit on MY terms! I wanted to be in control or my OWN destiny. Before I say anymore…let me back up a little.
Around January of this year I was requested to come back to the cleaning job I had before. Working for the same factory, just a different cleaning company. If you’ve ever had a cleaning job before, you know (most of the time) they don’t pay that great. It’s a dirty job. And some people even think of it as an “expendable” job. The kind of job that you can quit in a moment’s notice and you don’t really care because EVERYBODY wants a better job then THAT.
Yes…a cleaning job is the kind of job that most people get when they CAN’T get any other kind of job! It’s usually the bottom of the barrel type of job. But me, I treated it with respect. It’s - a - JOB!!! The reason the factory wanted ME back again is because the people that the new cleaning company was hiring was NOT getting the job done. Things were just NOT CLEANING ANYTHING! (come on, cleaning is EASY, isn’t it?)
Anyway…I thought that if I went on 2nt shift I could do all my voice work during the day and do my other “job” at night. It worked…sort of.
The problem was….lack of sleep! I was getting home at 11 and I couldn’t really fall asleep until 11:30 or 12 midnight. Then…get up the next day at 5:30 to make my wife breakfast or help get our daughter to school. Getting between 5 and 5 ½ hours of sleep was really taking its toll on my body! I should have NEVER went on 2nt shift!
To top it all off, this last week was really rough because I was training a new person (who doesn’t really seem that’s she capable of doing this job, let alone being ON TIME!) And…the 1st shift person was sick so I pulled a few double shifts! (yep…they used me a LOT on my last week!)
So this week has really hit my voice over business hard because I have had NO TIME to do ANY voice jobs!
Not any more…
As of today, no more burning the candle at both ends!
This isn’t an official press release, of me quitting to go into voice overs, (that will come later) but this is sort of my way of saying…to you my fans, friends, and family…thank you! Thank you for those who have supported me and helped me get through these past few months. Thank you to my clients, for being patient.
I still have a few more steps to go before my recording booth is 100% ready and my new web site is ready.
But this faze…quitting my job because I WANTED to quit, not because THEY let me go…is done! I think it’s important to do things because you WANT to, not because you are forced into it.
Have you ever quit a job and took a giant leap forward like I’m doing now?
Thanks again for reading.
I’m looking forward to the future!
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