Ducks, Drag Queens, and Dedication

So, I’m a little late with the post today… and I confess, it’s because I was recording more chapters for an audiobook. Plus, I needed to catch up with Drag Race this morning.

What? I adore RuPaul’s Drag Race. I love the costuming, the characters, the makeup… the visual shift is gorgeous. I’ve been watching it since the second season (thank heavens for online LogoTV) and I love watching the pageantry.

If you’re one of the handful of people I know who watches… I’m all for Jinkx this season. Perfect combination of wit, versatility, and inner beauty. Love her.

Anyway…

I had a short yet interesting conversation with one of my in-laws over the weekend. Although they know that I do voice work, I don’t think they often realize just how much time it takes. I was telling this person about the new short story gig I’d landed, and how it was at a pro rate ($200 per finished hour! Score!). The response I got was, “When do you do this recording?”

I blinked. I smiled. I responded, “Between 6:30AM and 7:45AM, and then between 8:00PM and 10:00PM.” The look I received was a bit stunned, but I kept smiling and the subject changed. It never fails to amuse me when I honestly answer how I balance my time and the person getting the answer looks shocked. I’ve been doing this for… five, six years? If I want to continue to make this part of my repertoire and be a good narrator and voice talent, I have to make the time to do it. No one is going to do that for me.

No one is going to just hand over a book or a short story to narrate if I haven’t proven my ability to manage my time and consistently deliver a quality product for multiple people. No one is going to just hand me an hour to write because I deserve to become a better writer.

Creative ventures are not reactive ventures. One has to make those opportunities… I mean, I look at the Drag Race contestants. No one winds up on that runway because of the ability to look good in a dress and heels; it requires dedication, a willingness to learn, the ability to work with people, courage, and a whole lot of sacrifice. Similarly (but with less sequins and makeup) becoming successful at writing and voice work requires dedication to a schedule, the willingness to learn and grow by studying alongside others, the courage to put yourself out there for critique, and the sacrifice of things that do not bring you closer to that final goal.

I don’t think I can rock a glittery eyepatch and blonde hair like Jinkx Monsoon… not without a lot of work and serious help with my wardrobe. At the same time, I can continue to devote time and effort to refining my crafts and working up the courage to put my work out there.

(And when you do get that biting critique that’s hard to hear or that’s more distraction than assistance? Water off a duck’s back. Quack, quack.)

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