Valentine's Favorites

Lisa Rice wrote this.

“The art of love… is largely the art of persistence.” -Albert Ellis

Looking for a great story to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Below are a few of my favorites. What are some of yours?

A true love story…

Letter in the Wallet

Some flicks…

Wives and Daughters

Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken

The Count of Monte Cristo

Pride and Prejudice

Far and Away

Becoming Jane

Jane Eyre

The Notebook

And tunes…

Fix You

This Kind of Love

Happy Valentine’s Day!

The Magic of You

Lisa Rice wrote this.

In voice over, one of the foremost things every talent can bring to a project is themselves. Literally. We each come fully loaded at birth with an incredible package of uniqueness. Combine our life experiences, personality and individual perspective and one script can be interpreted multiple ways.

If you’re not familiar with biometrics take a moment to learn more here. The movie Minority Report highlights ways this technology might be used with advertisers in the future. See the short snippet below.

But before you go there, treat yourself to the fascinating information from this TED talk. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. Each of us can rejoice in this fact!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Between extensive to-do lists and bustling crowds, it’s easy to overlook the unadorned gifts in plain view. The sights, smells, tastes and sounds of Christmas can become muted and bland. Sometimes, I even sense a little humbug moving in.

To prevent it, I’ve decided to carry last month’s holiday into this one. Determined to count blessings regardless of how stressed out I’m tempted to be. In fact, I’ve started a list. Some big things. Some small. Each makes me smile.

  • Twinkling lights galore, expressions of wonder from the little ones in my life and other surprises that pop up unexpectedly.
  • The aroma of goodies baking in my oven, crisp winter air and the woodsy fragrance of a crackling fire.
  • Laughter from family and friends, songs that tug heartstrings and movies reminding me life is all about perspective.

Simple blessings easily ignored. Recognized and appreciated if consciously counted. Will you join me in this endeavor? What are some of yours?

The video below reminds me that “presents” are opened daily and they’re truly significant when compared to what billions of others have worldwide.

Merry Christmas from my heart to yours!

The Greatest Gift

Grateful, Thankful, Appreciative, Awed

Lisa Rice wrote this.

When it comes to blessings, I’m reminded how important it is to count them. One-by-one. Day-by-day. Continuously throughout my life. And in doing so, surprising myself to see all that God has and is doing in both my professional and personal life.

  • The opportunity to record and send clean voiceover files to customers near and far. Collaborating with them on commercial spots, telephony, narrations and e-learning projects in Virginia, California, North Carolina, Indiana, Arkansas, Nevada, Michigan, New York, Georgia, Florida, Minnesota, Canada, Ireland Poland, England, Dubai…the list goes on.
  • A voice. Without it, my career comes to a screeching halt.
  • Family, friends and voiceover peers who encourage, challenge, and support.

And now, for what are you thankful?

Failing Up or Falling Flat?

Lisa Rice wrote this.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a failure. I miss the mark personally and professionally every day. The tyranny of the urgent hijacks my To Do list. Auditions I spend time carefully preparing and recording are passed over and sometimes not even listened to. Calls made to potential clients are met with icy responses. I’ve foolishly spent time looking at my smart phone and allowed precious memories to fly by. I catch myself worrying about what might happen instead of savoring the moment that is happening. I fail to let my anchor down.

Inevitably, setting high expectations means we might not meet them. Yet, how can we hope to succeed if we’re not willing to fail?

Failing is good. Failing is certain. Failing helps us see where we can improve. In fact, I discovered my voiceover niche this way. My voice, personality and season of life makes me better suited for some genres of voice over work than others. I’ve learned to turn projects down.

Success is sweet but failing up teaches us more. Falling flat, not so much.

Staying stuck in a rut, giving up or shying away from learning from our failures is a good way to fall flat. Failing up, however, offers at least three productive choices; assessing our strengths and weaknesses, changing directions or beginning again.

Assessing Strengths and Weaknesses

In freelance, we have the option of learning by trial and error or working with someone more experienced who can objectively administer constructive criticism and advice. Partnering with a voiceover coach has helped me in many ways. I’ve been encouraged in what I do best and put through my paces with what needs improvement. I feel like Stretch Armstrong afterwards but my performance is always better for it.

Changing Direction

What we think might work in the beginning sometimes needs to be changed. I wrote about this in an earlier blog entry. I thought my sky was falling but it was actually opening up.

There was a day when Instagram, Twitter, PayPal and Groupon were startups. Each came to a place where they had to pivot in order to survive. They found success by changing direction.

Beginning Again

So, where are you on the road called Failure? Watching from the stands or struggling in the arena? Failing up or falling flat?

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt

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