My plan for this week’s post was to tell you all about how your voiceover journey is unique to you. Then I got in the car to take my son to school and looked in the rearview mirror to back out of my driveway. The image in the mirror struck me. A hundred memories flashed through my head. It was one of those profound moments where your brain skids through hearing Meatloaf telling you that “Objects in the rearview mirror, they appear closer than they are.”, Steven Tyler pointedly reminding you that “Life’s a journey. Not a destination.” And Boston telling you, “Don’t look back”. (That’s how my brain works. There’s virtually nothing that doesn’t trigger a lyric.)
I grabbed my phone and snapped the picture, pulled out of the driveway and took Dev to school. But the image kept poking at my brain. The contrast of the grungy driveway and dirty snow below the new day busting through the silhouette of a winter tree. It felt like the perfect analogy for my life. The sometimes cold and muddy path that took me through seasons of winter, blurred by the potential of today.
Life’s a journey. Not a destination.
The idea was to tell you about some amazingly successful VO artists who seemed to go from zero to sixty overnight. One audition that changed their career and made them a “must have” for projects and conference rosters. I was going to ask you to not compare your success to theirs. To encourage you to see that every step on your career path is uniquely yours and how you should embrace it. Be inspired by them. Don’t be discouraged if that’s not your story.
Don’t look back.
Except that for three days now, I return to the broader image in the rearview mirror. Sometimes to appreciate where we are, we need to look back. Examine the steps that got us to this place. Parts of that trail may look like a boulder field somewhere along the Appalachian Trail. You have NO idea how you got across it without snapping an ankle. Maybe you DID snap an ankle. But in time it healed. Other seasons may be walks along a beach. Waves lapping your toes and the warm sun on your face.
Whatever your objects in the rearview mirror look like, they got you here. Today. Where you are is exactly where YOU are meant to be. Every day that you wake up is another step on your path. Mundane and challenging? Maybe. Exciting and full of opportunity? I hope so! Sometimes it’s good to look at the objects in the rearview mirror. But keep your focus on the sunrise. Make the most of your brand new day.