A Special Thanks to Steve Blum and Crispin Freeman

As one of the founding partners of fledgling podcast network Thunder Grunt, I do a lot of research in my field. As a voice over actor, I want to study my craft as much as possible. I highly recommend shows like Talkin' Toons with Rob Paulsen, Voice Over Experts, and Voice Over Marketing Podcast. However, I've just stumbled over Crispin Freeman's Voice Over Mastery, and I have to say, it just stole the #1 place in the VO podcast chamber in my heart. And it was all due to the four part interview with Steve Blum and follow up episode. [audio src="http://traffic.libsyn.com/vam/46_VAM_046___Interview_with_Steve_Blum_Part_1.mp3"][/audio]

I've been particularly interested in Steve Blum's story, as hearing one of the pre-eminent names in the video game and animation industry started out learning as he earned is very inspiring. Hearing his full story in-depth has given me hope that I too can overcome my shortcomings and continue to grow as an actor and as a working voice artist.

The first year of any business can be extremely difficult, and this career is certainly no different. I've felt the elation of a successful day, week, and month, and I've dealt with the lows of literally months with very little of note to do when it comes to paid work. But, overall, I absolutely love what I do and no matter what it takes, I'm going to stick it out. I'm at a point recently where that resolve is really being tested, and thankfully I listened to this podcast in that time.

While the whole story is well worth listening to, Mr. Blum's emphasis on the effects of meditation on his career and his life led me to start practicing the next day. It's now been two days, and I've felt the effects almost instantaneously. I feel more energized, more at peace with myself, and looking forward to each day again. As hokey as that sounds, it's true.  It's been two days and I already feel a profound resurgence in my body and spirit.

So thank you, Mr. Blum for your inspirational story, and Mr. Freeman for hosting a consistently fantastic podcast. So long as you're still podcasting, I'll be listening.

Rex