STAYING IN THE GAME
That’s the goal, when you get to my age. Just had another birthday and I’m not sure it’s a cause for celebration in these advancing years. The problem is – this in-between stage…you’re too old to be taken too seriously, to be offered jobs, to make the effort with the people you don’t like and so on and so on…..but you’re too young to be bored, to not love life, to sleep all day, to forget who you are, where you are etc,etc…..you get the picture!
I bumped into Anthony Hopkins awhile back and he said ” well, we’re both still here!” and that basically said it all. So I will say no more except to say I’m still in the game and planning to stay in a bit longer…for this much thanks and of course Tony’s still in the game – again much thanks!
I have just finished writing a little handbook for aspiring actors…that will be published soon and I have now completed narrating two delightful books for Audible about a coven of old witches living life in the modern world – a little fun for the winter darker days. I enjoyed doing this very much and learned a lot about the audio business and the challenges…I take my hat off to all those narrators, who do it all the time and with such ease. I thought at first that I could do it all myself – the narration, creating the characters, using the software needed, doing the editing, uploading etc….wrong! Just doing the narration took all my energy…it is after all a form of acting – only using just one of your instruments – your voice. There were a lot of different characters in the books and I really enjoyed creating these colourful people…the tricky part was remembering which voice belonged to which character…
Anyway…my technical skills needed weren’t good enough for me to do everything- although I know people who do – and I ended up taking on Nyk Fry, to do the audio engineering…get an expert to do the job. Nyk is a man of many skills in the industry…necessary in the world of indie lower budget films, video and audio work. He did the editing on New Chilling Tales – the Anthology and About Andy for me.
Just been watching the wonderful Greta Thunberg being interviewed on PBS Idaho. This little Swedish girl is amazing…she is passionate about her crusade against Climate Change and although it is not her native language, she gives interviews in English and she’s only 16. Could you – an adult step into the glare of the American headlights and do that? Not sure I could and in a foreign language. Greta has just arrived in Washington and is already spreading her message….I am in awe. Thank goodness for the youth of this world….as always, we hope they will be the ones who ‘get’ it and ‘will figure it all out’!
Here’s a little memory…I would have added pictures of Ken Burns and Greta Thunberg, but everyone is so paranoid about their copyrights …you’ll have to put up with me!
Till later friends