Man, if only I could tell Jeffrey from six months ago what was in store for 2020. I was gearing up for VO ATLANTA 2020. It would be my first major Voice Over conference and a huge opportunity to meet industry people, get to meet my mentor, and really dig in. My business cards were coming in. I was working with my coach and mentor and prepping to take some classes and really make the most of my experience.
Then the reports of COVID-19 started trickling in during January and February. Events started to cancel slowly. Every day I woke up and checked if the event organizers had made a decision. It wasn't surprising when they finally called it off. In fact, I was also relieved because I was looking at making a hard decision. Should I still go and risk it, just to keep the opportunity alive? Thankfully that decision was made for me.
It was a bummer, for sure. We all were excited to get to meet one another and spend three days mired in Voice Acting and learning.
Then my day job made the decision to let us work from home and we were furloughed for one week out of the month. We packed up our company computers and hauled them away with us. That is when something magical happened. Being able to work from home and having a full week off I was able to take on more freelance work animating. Which then afforded me the money to do the one thing that's been in my way for a long time. I finally was able to get a professional demo produced.
I contacted my mentor Cliff Zellman, producer at A-Mazing Demos (seriously, if you're needing a Commercial Demo go to Cliff!) and we got to work. In just a week we had amazing spots recorded and then he produced an incredible demo for me. I also took that time to revamp my website and branding.
COVID-19 has been devastating. It's taken its toll on my family relationships as I haven't been able to visit with many of them for a long time. But I am certainly grateful for the extra time I have been given to work on my career. I am pumped to really jump start to the next level.