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Hey, neighbors, it's your buddy next door, Mason Stewart. And I'm so excited to be back with you. And today we've got a fantastic episode that I don't think you are going to hate at all. It's going to be wonderful. It's going to be spicy. So let's jump in right away to our weekly recap. So beginning of the week hit really hard for me. I was listening to a podcast and reading a voiceover blog, voiceover podcast and a voiceover blog that I frequent to make sure that I'm staying on top of everything I need to be staying on top of as well. My hair is also not cooperating, so you're just going to have to deal with that. But and it was kind of a heavy topic because it was about when to know when to tap out. Like in wrestling, you know, you do the the tap like I'm done, it's over, do the tap out for voiceover. And it got me really reflecting on everything and like the goals that I had and I think it was Tuesday either to Monday or Tuesday, I think it was Tuesday, but. I had this very internal struggle because obviously voiceover is not progressing as fast as I would like it to be. And my problem is when I go and I talk to coaches, they say, Yeah, your voice is great, your demos are great, you should be booking jobs. But I don't book the jobs even though I'm putting in my time marketing, I'm putting in my time doing auditions. And so it's really frustrating. It's like, is this even worth my time? And for for a brief moment that day, I felt like a failure. And that's the only word that could come to my mind was that I failed. And it was really, really struggling. Really, really a big struggle for me because. I dropped out of college, right? College wasn't my thing. It was not working for me at all. It just wasn't like. That's just how it goes sometimes, right? Things just don't work out. And so I'm pursuing voiceover to be my full time thing. And they say, you know, give it like five years of auditions. And that's usually when you should start seeing, you know, five years of work and different things like that. I'm approaching about year six and of year six and it's not been going like amazing, right? I'm not like breaking out on the scene. I'm not like the hottest new thing, which is fine. And I wasn't expecting to be. But that mentality in that thought process, that imposter syndrome, if you will, crept in. And I was able to sit down with my dad over some dinner this week and have a really good conversation about what does failure even mean. And we've all heard kind of the old the old thing. Right where. Edison Wright, inventor of the light bulb. Failed numerous times to create a light bulb, an incandescent bulb that would work in homes that we use today. He failed like a thousand some odd tries. And there's some famous quote, I'm going to butcher it. I know. But along the lines of, you know, I didn't fail. I found out, you know, X amount of ways to not make a light bulb. And so I'm trying to really internalize that myself to make sure that I know that even though my path is not looking like everybody else is currently, in the end, it is going to it's going to work out. That's really what it is. You put in the work, things are going to work out. And if that means that in a year or so, voice over is not my focus anymore. I need to come to terms with that. I'm still going to give it my all. Don't you guys worry, I'm not going anywhere. But it was just one of those things where it was really good to reflect and sit on that. Another great thing that happened this week was I was able to go to my sisters performance. So my sister is a professional dancer and she was able to do a piece for a local choreographer. It was very interesting. Modern dance, not. My thing is it's definitely out of my wheelhouse. But being able to see people that have taken time to be able time and effort to be able to put on this program to express the thoughts and the feelings of the of the choreographer and not just the choreographer, but the dancers themselves pouring into their emotion, different things like that. That was so cool to see. Definitely missed doing things like that. As I you know, I did stuff like that for my siblings growing up. But, you know, as you get older, things, things change, things happen. Bump my desk. Sorry about that. But. As far as the rest of the wheat goes, lots of auditions, lots of contacts sent out for marketing, trying to get in touch. As a reminder, voiceover is Any time you hear a human voice but don't see a human face, that's what voiceover is. So if you your company that you work for or any anything, you have any leads, make sure you send my way. Shoot me an email mason SVO at gmail.com. It's at the end of every video as well. Make sure you do that. I would love to be able to work with you guys and to bring any project or thing that you have to life, whether that's like a really simple how to video, whether that's an IVR, phone messages, anything like that. That's what I'm here for. But I think the most important thing. That I learned this week. Is that? Everything revolves around faith. Now, whether that be faith in a god, I know that is for me, whether it's faith in yourself. Faith is a huge part. I've been playing a video game recently. It's called Hades. A Haiti's follows. The son of Haiti's in Greek mythology, whose name was Zagreus and Zagreus, is trying to escape his father's hellish domain. Right. And there's a whole bunch of family issues and stuff going in there. But more importantly, it plays off of a lot of, you know, obviously recorded information about the Greek gods and the myths surrounding them. And there are two that I want to focus on. It falls on to our faith. And that's Orpheus and Ulysses. Eurydice, these Eurydice, these angel. I, I know pronunciation. Come on, Orpheus and Eurydice. Now, if you don't know the story, I'm going to give a brief breakdown, because I think it falls perfectly into what faith needs to be. Orpheus was the son of Apollo. Now, Apollo being the God of music, different things like that. He gave his son Orpheus a liar, right? A little. A little harp. A little U-shaped harp. And it turns out that Orpheus had a gift. And Orpheus music. Nobody could resist it. Everybody that heard it was amazed by it. They loved it. Orpheus was a prodigy. Now Orpheus fell in love with a woman, an absolutely gorgeous, stunning woman named Eurydice. And one day Eurydice was out dancing with the nymphs, and a snake came up bitter. And she died. Super tragic. I mean, it's a Greek tale. What do you want me to do? They're all super sad. Any who. Orpheus was devastated, so much so that all of his songs turned and focused towards his sadness. And it says that not a single living thing on the planet and even the gods knew of his torment, of his sadness. While. He wanted to be reunited with Eurydice so bad he found his way into Hades, right? He found his way into the realm that Hades controlled the underworld. He passed through, you know, Cerberus, the three headed dog. He passed through all of these different things. The Temple of Styx finally gets to Hades, and he makes a plea to Hades and Haitis wife, Persephone, and he says, Please let me be reunited with Eurydice. That's all I want. Let her come back to the world of the living. And his plea because he did it through song. Like I said before, nobody could resist the songs that Orpheus sang. Haiti's agreed that Eurydice could come back to the world of the living under one condition. And that condition was that as they left, Haiti's Orpheus could not look back on your odyssey until they reached the surface. The world earth. Orpheus was like, Oh, yes, 100%. Let me do it. So they start walking. And as they're walking, you know, you have to remember in Greek mythology, when somebody went to the world of the dead, if you think very much like the Disney adaptation of Hercules, they're kind of this this erythritol spirit kind of ghost like thing. And so. They called shades. I was trying to think of the name sorry called shades, so obviously don't have any feet. So as Orpheus is walking, he can't hear Eurydice. He walking behind him and he starts to doubt himself. Maybe the gods had tricked him because he was just a mortal man. Right? Maybe. Maybe Eurydice wasn't following him, but he knew that he wanted to see her again. So he continued onward. And just before they reach the surface, they reach the point where you were to see would once again become mortal. Orpheus could take it no longer his doubt overcame his fear, and he looked back. He saw Eurydice, see? And then she was gone forever. Mattel of Orpheus is very sad. There are many different accounts, but more, more or less he dies. But the nymphs find a way to keep his head. And he continues to sing sadness about losing year, a sea for the rest of his life. It's absolutely tragic and depressing. But if you think of it, we're a lot more like Orpheus than we think. A lot of times we know the end result, especially, you know, those of us that have some type of religious background and different things like that. We know that there is this end that we're getting to, but a lot of times our natural self takes over and we don't want to see something through to the end. We want it now, right? This is America. I want to now quote Tom Haverford. But this is America. I want to now. We have to find a way to be patient, but not only be patient, but to have trust in whatever promises we're given. And that's kind of what I've been focusing on this week, is that. Even though we don't necessarily know the exact outcome of things that are going to happen. We have to have faith that it's going to work out in our favor. So that's what I'm going to leave with you today on the weekly recap. And now we're going to get into our food section. If you want to check out this weeks food spotlight check out my YouTube video https://youtu.be/eZ2KUZ4varM