VAM 122 | Q & A Session 24 – Should You Pursue a Career that Pleases Your Parents or Follow Your Voice Acting Dreams?

VAM 122 | Q & A Session 24 – Should You Pursue a Career that Pleases Your Parents or Follow Your Voice Acting Dreams?

Welcome to episode 122 of the Voice Acting Mastery podcast with yours truly, Crispin Freeman!

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In this episode, I continue answering questions from my podcast audience! For those who may not be as familiar with the podcast, in past episodes, I’ve given out a phone number where you can call in and leave me a question about voice acting as a voicemail. From time to time, I’ll pick the most relevant questions I receive and answer them here on the podcast.

For this round of Q & A, I answer a very important question from Jessie of Chicago, IL.

Jessie wants to know if he should live a stable, conventional life that makes him miserable, or should he take chances with his future, live unconventionally, and lose everything.

I’m grateful to Jessie for his very philosophical question! It’s actually a really important subject to cover, so I’m going to spend this entire episode making sure I address it fully.

I begin by exploring the false dichotomy that is at the root of Jessie’s question.

While it’s true that making choices about one’s career is not something that should be taken lightly, Jessie’s articulation of the issue is a little extreme.

So I do my best to help Jessie avoid such a no-win scenario by taking a step back and assessing what it is he is really trying to accomplish here. I start by clearly articulating the issues that are at stake for Jessie and for anyone who find themselves in a similar predicament.

It seems to me there are 3 topics implicit in Jessie’s question. 1) his financial well being, 2) his personal satisfaction with his career, and 3) his parents’ respect and approval. While I believe it is possible to achieve success in all three of these areas, it can be challenging depending on your situation, your abilities, and the cultural values of your family.

After exploring each one of these topics in detail, I share with Jessie my own experiences trying to balance what I wanted to do with my life with what was expected of me by my parents.

Because this topic is a concern that many aspiring voice actors have when they contemplate pursuing an artistic career, I’m hoping that answering his question in detail will benefit a great many of my listeners!

If any of my listeners would like to call in with your own thoughts, thank you’s or questions, the number is:


Please don’t forget to include your first name and what city in the world you’re calling from. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks for listening!

Download Voice Acting Mastery Episode #122 Here (MP3)


4 Responses to “VAM 122 | Q & A Session 24 – Should You Pursue a Career that Pleases Your Parents or Follow Your Voice Acting Dreams?”

  1. Eric Rivera says:

    I had to show my parents the “I Know That Voice!” documentary for them to get when I meant when I said I wanted to be a voice actor. They’re not too worried. They said that as long as I’m okay, they’ll respect my decision.

  2. Kalyn McCabe says:

    My parents simply raised an eyebrow and were like “…Ok.” and that was pretty much it. They are supportive in my decision even though they have the same reservations any parent has.

    Every hospital needs doctors, every school needs teachers, and every TV show has an actor to entertain them all.

    Plus episode kind of alludes to “Being rich and miserable vs being poor but happy” problem in a sense. In which case, choose the latter. You last much longer in something that makes you happy rather than being in misery.

    Thanks for the deconstruction of a reoccurring theme! Always a treat.

    Can’t wait for the next one.


  3. Jason J. G. says:

    Thank you for breaking down this question Mr Crispin because it helped me to be honest about myself. I need to question myself about things that I like and don’t like so that I can plan ahead for my future. So thank you for discussing this topic Mr Crispin.

    Thank you to Jessie to for asking this question. Cheers!

  4. Ian Pabito says:

    Thanks you so much Crispin for addressing this topic further because its such a hard gap for me. Whenever I get worried that my parents wouldn’t be as ecstatic to hear me being a voice actor I tend to listen back to the podcast and listen to Stephanie Sheh’s story on how for her parent’s it was more of a concern rather than “If you follow this you’re dead to me” and just easing them and showing that it is a possible is all it takes.

    Thanks Jessie for asking this question and Crispin again for tackling it.

    Break a lip guys 🙂

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