My mom made a comment to me once that I never forgot even though she did.
“If it feels wrong, don’t do it.”
This has helped me navigate past some real issues in my life. I’ve avoided some (not all) dating catastrophes and hopefully made more good choices than bad based on this simple, but solid advice.
Recently I was contacted by a potential client with a decent offer to narrate a promising project. As a voiceover artist you always are on the lookout for the really cool and rewarding projects. This was starting to look like one of those. But as the days progressed, the offer got better and better. Long term with rates better than I would have charged. Prepayment via business check (NO PAYPAL FEES!). No uncomfortably short schedule or deadline crunch. It was a freelance gig made in heaven. Or so it seemed.
The check showed up at my door for DRASTICALLY more than I was expecting and for a moment, staring at that check that would have covered multiple mortgage payments was emotional, until the words rang again in my head “if it feels wrong…” So I started doing some investigation and nothing was adding up. Long story short it was the crafty work of a scam artist that was targeting voiceover actors and narrators. It was a little disappointing that the project wasn’t all I hoped it would be, but it was more validating to know that I haven’t forgotten the lessons I learned long ago and can not only apply them to dating and voting, but also to business.
I am still looking for and believing that another great opportunity is coming my way, but until then; if it feels wrong, don’t do it.