The “impossible” dream

I love Don Quixiote. It’s one of the greatest works of literature in Western Civilization. When I was taking Spanish classes in high school, I read the entire thing in the original. I remember nothing of the experience except that I had to look up a ton of words because much of the language was so archaic. I’ve also read it in an English translation as an adult. And though it bears only a passing resemblance to the story in the novel, I also love the musical made of the story and in particular the “Impossible Dream” song.

As recently as four years ago I thought being a full-time voiceover performer was an impossible dream for me. Impossible because as a husband and father of four I thought I would never reach the point where I would be able to provide for my family just doing voiceover work. But, impossible or not, I keep moving forward. Studying. Building relationships. Exceeding expectations for my clients. Solving problems. And here we are four years later and I’m fast approaching the one year anniversary of my transition away from having both a day job and a voiceover business to just doing voiceovers. In fact that one year anniversary, May 1, is the day before my fifth blogiversary, May 2.

Where ever you are on your journey, living your dream now like I am or still just dreaming, keep making progress one step at a time. My friend Pam Tierney did and recently wrote about how she’s made more progress than she realized. (By the way, Pam such a good writer I highly recommend you subscribe to her feed.) The day is coming when you too are going to have a similar moment.

(edited to fix typo)


  1. Congratulations Bob!! You are very much an inspiration!

    Comment by Caryn Clark — April 5, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

  2. Caryn,

    Thank you!

    Be well,

    Comment by Bob — April 5, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

  3. d00d, you yourself should write more. You are a good writer in your own right. Thanks for the PR, I always get a spike when you mention me and I truly appreciate it.

    Comment by Pam — April 6, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

  4. Pam,

    I’m not sure but I believe that is the first time I’ve been called “d00d” on this blog so thank you for that and for the kind comment about my writing. Every time I’m inspired, I write. Often I post what I’ve written shortly thereafter. The rest of the time I like to other excellent writers and thought-provokers, like you.

    Be well,

    Comment by Bob — April 6, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

  5. Very inspiring stuff for newbies who see the challenge of getting started as the “impossible dream”! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the advice to take it one step at a time. There’s no other way, right?

    Comment by Catherine — April 7, 2010 @ 9:40 am

  6. Catherine,

    Exactly right. One step at a time.

    Be well,

    Comment by Bob — April 7, 2010 @ 9:43 am

  7. This is more inspiring than you know, Bob. Thanks for sharing these thoughts. Blessings!

    Comment by Anthony Gettig — April 7, 2010 @ 10:56 am

  8. Anthony,

    You’re welcome. Thank you.

    Be well,

    Comment by Bob — April 7, 2010 @ 11:24 am

  9. Thanks for sharing Bob, you’re always an inspiration!

    kind regards,

    Comment by Adam Behr — April 9, 2010 @ 7:57 am

  10. Adam,

    You’re welcome. And thank you!

    Be well,

    Comment by Bob — April 9, 2010 @ 8:26 am

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