Way back in 1995 I started in radio. That lead me to television. That lead me to the music industry. That lead me back to radio. There was a brief stint in there where I worked in patient transfer, but eventually I got back into radio again. It would seem I couldn’t escape it.
I started a radio job in August of 2011 that was, by all accounts, my dream radio gig. Afternoon Drive at a very respected station in one of the Canada’s top 10 markets. I was number one in ratings and I was having a great time doing what I loved to do.
Then I got downsized.
After 5 months.
That happened at the end of January. It’s now the middle of April. Each day I get an email or a Facebook message or a tweet from at least one person (usually well-meaning) asking if I’ve found a new job yet. I tell them that for now I’m just enjoying some time off while focusing on my second career as a male voice talent.
Most of them proceed to ask the same question. “But when are you going to get a real job?”
That’s when I accept my defeat with them on this particular topic of conversation and politely state, “You’re right. I’m actually a full-time volunteer firefighter.”
For some reason, they buy that!
A lot of people think this voice-over thing is a phase or something. It’s not. I’ve been doing it for 17 years now, and it’s always provided a nice second income for me. Now that I’ve got more time on my hands, maybe I’ll work this deal until it provides a nice full time income for me.
In the meantime, I’m a full-time volunteer firefighter.
But if you need a voice-over I’ll get off the fire truck long enough to chat. 😉 Send me an email. firstname.lastname@example.org