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doors flying open - Ldy, the lemony, ligerish ducttaparian's Magic Treehouse of Lost Thoughts
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doors flying open
I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time - namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.        --Joseph Campbell

So, strange things have been happening with the voice thing. Paul and I had lunch the other day, and discussed the Very Real Need for a true Business Plan. It is, after all, what I would recommend to any client in my shoes.* I jotted down some notes.

When I get back to my office, I see that Voices.com has just come out with a full Business Plan kit for the voiceover professional. The timing is absolutely bizarre. Even freakier... although I often poke at other voice actors' sites for ideas, there was exactly ONE voice actor whom I'd bookmarked-- I found his site when I was researching rates, and was very impressed with his work and his marketing. I even stole his rate card (OK, I didn't steal it... but I did model my rate structure on his).

The big testimonial underneath the banner headline for the Business Plan? Yup, his. Seriously, what are the odds? He is the ONLY voice actor whose name I'd even vaguely recognize, and I didn't even know he used Voices.com!

I can take a hint. I paid my $50. I start looking through my email, and see that I got a note from Voices.com while I was at lunch, offering me the Business Plan free when I pay for an annual subscription. It's a tremendous deal. I've put in a call to their offices to see if they can refund the $50 or take it off the price of the annual subscription. After all, it's already paid for itself.

And then last night, I couldn't sleep a wink, so I spent some time working on my website. I want to add a podcast eventually... so, knowing nothing about podcasting, I decided to take a peek at Voices.com's own podcasts.

It's 4:30 in the morning-- a surreal time of day to begin with. This week's podcast is from the guy who did my demo. And the marketing statistics he's quoting? Um, I gave him those.

Now, what are the odds of THAT?! I've never even looked at podcasts before!

Meanwhile, I'm looking for a crash course on Adobe Audition, and find this one I think I like... next thing I know, I've stumbled across a company that has the first several episodes available for download. And then I discover that instead of paying $100 for a single course, I can access that course, and as many additional courses I want to for just $25/month. Including one I need on the basics of audio theory and another on Dreamweaver MX. And then I discover that I can get a week of access (which is all I'd need) absolutely FREE.

I swear, my life couldn't get more surreal if Charlie Kaufman wrote it and David Lynch directed.

Thank you, Universe :) It's nice to know I'm on the Right Track.

I desperately need sleeps. I will catch up with comments soonishly. Everything's just going so fast...

~Hugs to those who need 'em, those who want 'em, and those who don't run away quickly enough~

* Why are my clients wearing my shoes?!
8 tall tales or Tell me a story
surrealist_geek From: surrealist_geek Date: August 26th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC) (permalink)
That is so cool... :-D

And yes, very subtle hints there. Totally.

Hi, incidentally. I'm sgeek, otherwise known as Patty. You probably know this. Who are you, apart from random and apparently rather awesome?
ldy From: ldy Date: August 26th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Hi there! I'm Ldy, otherwise known as Carolyne. I've seen you in the Kingdom, and I think we may even been staying at the same place in Phoenix (if I'm mistaken, please to forgive-- my brain's been overfull of late and data's leaking out).

I think I found you initially through Hester's journal. Speaking of, you don't happen to know what happened to it, do you?
surrealist_geek From: surrealist_geek Date: August 26th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Hi, Carolyne. I do believe you're mistaken about Phoenix, since I've never yet visited North (or South) America. Totally forgiven, though ;-)

Until you asked, it didn't occur to me that anything had happened to her journal. LJ reckons it's deleted, and fairly recently (within the last 30 days). I'll ask her next time I 'see' her.

Incidentally, a friend of mine is known as "the duct taped tiger". I mentioned your LJ heading to him, and I think he still thinks I'm making it up ;-)
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surrealist_geek From: surrealist_geek Date: August 27th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Hmm, not sure what happened. I just checked her scarlethester LJ and it's all there, but I checked the exact same address before I posted my previous comment and was told that the account had been deleted. And I know it's the same address, because I cleared my browser history not long before then and the address I just checked again was auto-completed for me. Mmm, weird. Glad Molly's not gone, at any rate.

And no, no secret LJ account as far as I'm aware. Besides, she'd could just use filters for that stuff anyway ;-)

Hi, by the way. Connection made, +friend returned :-)
happymrlocust From: happymrlocust Date: August 26th, 2007 01:54 pm (UTC) (permalink)
That is a pretty amazing story, but it's also pretty damn good all round.

...it is terribly exciting to read how you're doing with this I hope you realise. :)
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surrealist_geek From: surrealist_geek Date: August 27th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Is your icon playing "Scissors, Rock, Paper"?
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surrealist_geek From: surrealist_geek Date: August 27th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Ah. Easy mistake to make ;-)
price From: price Date: August 28th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC) (permalink)
They say that synchronicity increases when you're doing things that you're excited about. One could explain this as simply being more aware and cognizant of the details of daily life.

I like to think it's just wei wu wei.
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