Once again, I fell asleep long before the ball dropped on New Years Eve. I tell myself every Dec 31st that THIS will be the year that I stay up till midnight, but inevidebly I drift off to dreamland around 11pm. So, HAPPY (belated) NEW YEAR!!
This past year flew by & although we expect 2012 to move just as fast as 2011, our hope for Voxy Ladies & our friends is that we can make this one even better than the last. Of course that means dreaming bigger and working harder but it also means telling a better story.
I read a book recently that captured my attention within the first paragraph. It read:
“If you watched a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for years to get it, you wouldn’t cry at the end when he drove off the lot, testing the windshield wipers. You wouldn’t tell your friends you saw a beautiful movie or go home and put a record on to think about the story you’d seen. The truth is, you wouldn’t remember that movie a week later, except you’d feel robbed and want your money back. Nobody cries at the end of a movie about a guy who wants a Volvo.
But we spend years actually living those stories, and expect our lives to feel meaningful. The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives, won’t make a story meaningful, it won’t make a life meaningful either.” ~Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
If that resonates with you, then you’re not alone. I used to pass by the Porsche dealership in Beverly Hills on the way to my first agents office. I would drive by in my ’73 Beetle and salivate over the Cayenne SUV. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with driving a Porsche. However, that seemed to be my motivation for success early on in my career.
In 2011 the Voice Over community really pulled together and offered some wonderful opportunities for folks to tell better stories! From our friends at Prime Time Voices for Children to Terry Daniel’s Holiday VO Challenge. And although we’ve packed away our most of our Holiday decor, let’s not wait until next December to get into the spirit of giving back!
Here are some opportunities for you to get involved with some fantastic organizations that are telling incredible stories:
Butch Hartman, creator of Fairly Oddparents started the non-profit organization The Hartman House Foundation who’s mission is to improve the lives of children and families throughout the world who suffer from poverty and hopelessness. You can submit an application to volunteer here.
Voice Artists & Friends is a Kiva Lending Team who are a part of a worldwide network of microfinance institutions. Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. You can learn more about Voice Artists & Friends here.
One of the most recognizable voices on television, Patrick Warburton hosts an annual celebrity golf tournament “Golf for Kids” that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. So grab your clubs & purchase tickets to hit the links here!
The Voxy Ladies will continue to work alongside our friends at Patches Kids to bring hope and healing to children that have been victims of abuse and neglect.
As for my story, well 2012 will mark my 10th year volunteering for Young Life. Young Life is a life changing organization that helps high school students tell better stories and has exponentially increased my quality of life and understanding of what matters most.
Lots of love & Happy New Year from the Voxy Ladies. May you tell an even better story in 2012!