By Stephanie Ciccarelli
June 10, 2008
If you've seen the movie "Pay It Forward" you know what it means to give back to your community and help build other people up.
Everyday there are people around the world investing their gifts selflessly to benefit others.
One example in the voice acting community is how generous people are with their time and knowledge when participating in community fora, such as the VO-BB forum (Voice Over Bulletin Board) and the Voice-Overs.com forum.
Every little bit that you give back, even something as simple as a heartfelt compliment, is worth its weight in gold to the person who receives and makes you feel really good, too.
Something else I'd like to talk about is mentorship.
Paying it forward doesn't have to mean that you are engaging a large group. It can also be reaching out to people on an individual basis to guide and shape lives and or careers.
Last year, Bob Bergen, a voice acting instructor and one of Warner Bros. voices for Porky Pig and Tweety Bird, surprised a great number of us in attendance at a conference by offering to mentor someone for life! The lucky recipient of that mentorship was Canadian voice actor Tom Edwards.
From time to time, our company is presented with opportunities to share our knowledge, talents and expertise to help others in the industry.
Yesterday, David gave a lecture at his alma mater the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART) that gave the students a unique perspective on how to start their own audio recording businesses. He speaks annually to OIART classes and gets a real kick out it as do the students.
I try to get out to the schools too, and if you remember, I had the privilege of speaking and observing the broadcasting communications class at Clark Road Secondary School and see the future develop before my eyes. It is an experience unlike any other and being there among those high schoolers made my week.
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