Connie Terwilliger – ISDN Voice Talent

March 13, 2011

J.S. Gilbert Deconstructs Parade’s Annual Salary Review

Filed under: Musings — Tags: — connieterwilliger @ 5:56 pm

Sorry for the gushing, but my friend J.S. Gilbert is a crazy good writer. And prolific! Maybe not with his blog, but certainly he contributes volumes of thoughtful and articulate (albeit filled with interesting typos) content on various message boards. I want to be just like him when I grow up.

I don’t get the paper, but somehow, I always manage to see Parade Magazine’s Annual Salary Issue with all the little pictures with job title and “salary.” (From the look of the pictures, I guess people just send in their info along with their very best snap shot and someone reaches into a basket and pulls out the selections?)

The whole Salary Review is really sort of mostly pointless – to compare what I make to a movie star or a barista – or to someone living in Idaho – simply isn’t relevant. What struck me was the number of people stating that they make less than someone working for minimum wage. Is that normal for the survey? I don’t remember. But none the less, it is compelling to look at the pictures (oh, those pictures!), read a little about the person and their job and marvel (one way or the other) at their annual bottom line.

If you want to see what “profession” was listed at the bottom of the list (or close to it anyway – saw a minor YouTube celebrity who made a bit less – well, there were a couple of volunteers on the list who made nothing last year, so they must have working spouses) – then you’ll have to read J.S.’s blog.

Can’t wait? OK – right down there at the bottom of the list – The Voice Actor at $10,000. And unfortunately for the majority of those who are hanging out their shingle these days as voice talent, this is not unusual. They HAVE to have working spouses, or they would never be able to gas up the car, buy a mic, take an acting class or eat.

Check out the whole blog – great stuff. 

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