“Inspiration” Starts with “I”
She did indeed, and Anne wanted to let me know that she was tickled I had mentioned her in so many accounts. The truth is, I never forgot the act of kindness she showed me at a time when it would have been easier just to forget about it. Instead, she was good to her word and followed through with her promise. And because of her sense of integrity, my life was changed forever.
As it turned out, Anne lives, in all places, Englewood, Colorado! Can you believe the coincidence in that?! I told her I was coming to Colorado to speak at this conference and we agreed to meet. She brought her daughter, who was so instrumental in bringing us back together, along with her. I must confess, it was one of the most anticipated reunions I have ever experienced. We had a great time!
I think back to that earlier time in my life when my dreams were so big, and wonder if I had not spoken up and told my boss how much I loved doing voices, where would I be now. I never would have had that part on the radio and he never would have introduced me to Anne. I never would have connected with Daws Butler who eventually inspired me to move Los Angeles, and who took me to Hanna-Barbera, where I pursued my dream and was hired to do shows like Richie Rich, Pound Puppies, Popeye and Son, Snorks, Galaxy High, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain and dozens of others!
You see, you never know how valuable a person will be to your life, so do not be afraid to speak up when the appropriate time presents itself. If you are willing to receive help, and someone is willing to give it, then your life will be changed forever too. I know this is possible and I only wish the best for you! Just like in the movie Its a Wonderful Life, the choices you make in your life, actually are your life. Believe it. I would not be where I am today were it not for that one choice of speaking up to my boss, and then following through with Anne. Dreams do come true!
Nancy Cartwright is best known as the voice of spiky-headed Bart Simpson on The Simpsons. She has voiced dozens of cartoon characters in her career that has spanned more than 20 years. Currently, she can be heard as the voice of Rufus the Naked Mole Rat on Disneys Kim Possible and Chuckie on Rugrats and All Grown Up. To learn more about Nancys career, listen to her audio book My Life as a 10-year-old Boy.