Tribute to Steve Jobs impact on voice overs

Posted on October 6, 2011 by

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I wrote this post at 5:45am in NYC, after going to bed early last night. I woke up and looked at my iPhone, in bed, to find out that Steve Jobs had passed away at the age of 56. Due to his innovation,  I was probably the last person to know. I use the iPhone to stay in touch with voice talent, so the first thought that popped in my head was, “Wow Steve Jobs had such a major impact on the voice over industry! This is awful!”. Voice over talent talk online all the time about Apple products, as we one day hope to have an iPhone that does everything. It is ironic that we write/speak of Steve Jobs, like we do when rock stars pass away. Think about it…Do you remember what life was like for a computer geek in 1986 when he acquired the computer graphics division at Lucasfilm Ltd, which later on became Pixar?

Being computer-savvy was not as widely accepted as it is today. But over the last three decades, he made computers…very cool. It is cool to be a voice over artist/computer geek working from home. In fact, the word “geek” is now a term of affection, if you are a DIY-voice over talent. There is no doubt in my mind that voice talent who started out in the last three decades were inspired by him, either directly or indirectly. He was, after all, given Executive Producer credit for “Toy Story”  in 1995, and has also made working from home (and on the road) as a voice talent, extremely convenient.  Living life as an artist was not always considered a “real”  job. He seems to have changed that notion. Maybe his strongest impact on the voice over industry was/is that he made “getting work from home” a very real possibility. His belief system mentioned below seems to have extended all the way into the minds of those who buy from Apple. They “think different”. As we are all artists, we invite you to watch Steve Jobs’ commencement speech in 2005 at Stanford University. He states within, a quote all voice artists can live by, and some already do:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

How do you think Steve Jobs impacted the voice over industry in the last 30 years? What has Apple done for your voice over business from home or on the road?

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