Voiceover professional Jerry Reed's journal. Jerry has done a lot of things in his life and met a lot of people along the way. Often people told him that he should write a book. But, he never seemed to get to it. So this blog serves as that personal journal embracing thoughts, things, experiences, places, & people in his life. There are no limits and no one will be intentionally harmed in this exercise.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Never been fired...
but is that a good thing?
I have been laid off twice in the 50+
years I have been in the workforce but have never been fired from a
job, ever. The two times I have been laid off were due to a
company-wide downsizing or a departmental restructuring. Each of
those times the departure was amicable, without prejudice. They were
never personal in nature. I have never done anything to make an
employer angry enough to cut me loose. Looking back I wonder if
it's good or bad. In the world of voiceover, we rarely know we
have been fired. More often than not, we just aren't rehired.
Until a couple of years ago, voice work
was always a side line. I always had a core job that paid the bills,
fed a family and created financial stability. So I was never
concerned with the fact that playing it safe and never taking risks
would come back to haunt me someday.
Arguments that it was good for my
1. I have always been a good employee.
2. I did my job to the best of my
3. I strived to please, always staying
4. If I didn't feel I fit or wasn't
right for the position, I resigned and moved on.
5. I had an impeccably clean resume.
Arguments that never having been fired
is a bad career move especially as it relates to my voice work.
1. I never took chances, always played
it safe and colored within the lines.
2. I didn't experiment with new
concepts or tactics.
3. My creativity was throttled. I
didn't give it a chance to fully develop.
4. I didn't have to learn about
5. I avoided learning how to be
corrected and redirected because I didn't take a risk in the first
I don't think anyone should get fired.
But, but don't let the threat of it hold you back or stifle your
creativity. Take the risk. Be bold. “Grab the bull by the horns.”
Someday, you'll be glad you did.