Welcome to Thursdays Exchange with Mac Griffin.

Your Amazing Life
Your Amazing Life
Welcome to Thursdays Exchange with Mac Griffin.
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Ken:

Welcome Mac glad to have you on your amazing life today.

Mac:

Thank you I appreciate that

Ken:

So to start with, give us a little background of who you are and what you do.

Mac:

I am a father. I am a husband of 16 years to a wonderful wife and I am a veteran of the United States Army, after about nine and a half years and with two tours under my belt. I am a voiceover actor that helps businesses have a digital voice in this digital world.

Ken:

Great, what is the next step for you and your business?

Mac:

The next step in my business is just to make sure that I can get the word out about what I do and how I’m able to bring small businesses back from the grave. In terms of helping them with a marketing plan and giving it a digital voice and just helping them. Being a stepping stool for them to get back on their feet to bring back people into their businesses and getting that revenue back to where it was and we’re supposed to be.

Ken:

What makes your life amazing?

Mac:

I would definitely say my faith and my family and I have to say my voice too. Because of the fact that without it I couldn’t do anything that I’m doing. 

Ken:

What is your accomplishment that you are most proud of?

Mac:

The accomplishment I’m most proud of right now is still being married to the same woman after 16 years. Still being alive every morning I wake up, and being a father. But also, I think the other thing is just being able to know that I’ve been able to help businesses grow and to narrate stories for various companies around the world. An animated short film that’s I’m a part of is going to the festival right now, currently it’ll be airing on April 14th at 5 p.m. European Time. I’ve also been able to be a narrator for a cherry TV series called Planet Wild TV which will be airing hopefully in the spring or summer TBD.  Just being able to work with various small companies like The Memory Collective and the Monumental Moments Videographer in the Indianapolis area. Just helping tell people stories.

Ken:

Oh, so tell us about helping veterans get their stories out?

Mac:

Yeah, it’s not even just Veterans that’s just the current one we’re working on right now his name was Alfred J Long he was World War II veteran who passed away last in February at the age of 97 and he has some great stories that his family was able to record. What we’re doing is taking those stories, me and a young lady her name is Carol Long she owns the company Memory Collective, and she transcribes the stories into book form. Then she works with a local binder to create a book that looks like it’s from the 16th century instead of something more modern. She has a package now because of myself and a young lady by the name of Nora Akala and we are taking those stories from book form and making them into an audiobook form. As well we can do an audio video form so we’re creating a mini-documentary for that one story. We do this for anybody, you don’t have to be someone that lived a long life you could be someone who’s 20 years old and say hey I got a great story. As long as it has as long as it’s positive and it’s not doing anything to spread hate, we’re good with it.

Ken:

What is the toughest thing you had to overcome in your life?

Mac:

Transitioning from military to civilian life, again after nine and a half years. That sucked. Being unemployed for a while, and having the idea of knowing that it took me a very long time to decide I am not afraid of failure anymore and I’m going to do exactly what I was born to do and that was voice-over work. I grew up in the theater and went to school for it. Then 911 happened and I decided to go back in the military. It was a hard struggle to get into it and then for medical reasons I was unable to keep up. I had physical issues that kept me from doing my job anymore and so I was medically retired.  Then just transitioning was hard and trying to figure out what I was wanting to do.

Ken:

Oh yeah that can be a struggle, right? What do you think are the best skills or talents you have that most people don’t know about?

Mac:

I would say the ability to adapt. If there’s one thing, I know it is that the military teaches to Adapt and overcome. Being able to do that allows me to do that not only in my own personal life, even though some days are easier than others. But I think the other thing is that it helps me to understand others and to sit back and listen to my clients’ needs. I have been able to learn a great deal from various people in my life and one of them was to “you don’t try to sell yourself to anybody.” You ask the very simple phrase “how can I help you” not you help me.  But how can I help you and knowing their story, cuz we all have unique stories and that’s what makes us so amazing as humans, and just sitting down listening to their goals, wants, needs, or loves. Then at the end when they asked me, “what do you think?” and that’s when I could say okay well, I think this would work for you, or I have some people in my network that could possibly help you out. Or even, I’m not going to be able to do this for you because I don’t think I would be the best for you. However, I do know some other voice over talent that could possibly talk to and get the same thing that you want. Then being able to communicate that properly to your clients is going to be the best fit.

Ken:

What goals do you have for yourself and what do you want to accomplish in the next year?

Mac:

The goals that I have, oh my goodness I have a list of goals. If there is one thing that I have learned from my faith. That if we will write it down, he’ll make it happen, not on our terms but on his terms. One of those things I’ve always wanted to do was to be a voice actor for Pixar in one of their movies. Also, to be able to be on Broadway at least one time in my life. But I think my biggest goal right now is just in telling people stories, that’s my biggest goal it is always my best goal. I’m always there for my clients and telling their story, cuz everybody’s story is unique and it is important. If I can do that within the next year or so and have enough opportunities to do that for people, Then I’ll be happy.

Ken:

What do you think it takes to have an amazing life?

Mac:

Not worrying what other people think about your life. As long as you do it the way you enjoy it and it’s not hurting yourself or anybody else then I say go for it. Not allowing people or even yourself to put in fears or negative thoughts in your mind.  Fears and negative thoughts, they can keep you from doing what you want and need to do. I did that for too long and now that I’m doing it, I’m happy as can be and no one can take that from me.

Ken:

If you could only leave three things for this world what three things would you leave?

Mac:

A wonderful Legacy, a legacy that they and I are proud of. Knowing that I did the best I could with what I had. Then leaving the world a better place. If I can do all three of those things then I’ll be happy, I don’t need anything materialistic to leave behind, although you know I’d like to have a 1945 pickup truck, but a pickup truck but that’s one of those things that you can have in your retirement phase and just enjoy while your here. I think the other three are more important than that.

Ken:

What are the places to find you? 

Mac:

You can find me on Facebook and you can find me on Twitter. Then on Instagram and LinkedIn. Then my website.

Ken:

I want to recognize you really quickly, it’s great that you spend time getting people’s stories out. Our stories are so important, the stories that we tell ourselves often get in our way. But as we look back on our stories, we can see them in a different light. Then when we are in them. Sometimes when we look back, we recognize how they went on to make us who we are. I think that’s a really important thing, plus there’s so many people who have gone on. We have lost most of the “The Greatest” generation right, and a lot of their stories have not been told and they really need to be. We need those stories today. Until I want to recognize you for that you’re doing a great job I’m so happy that we had you on here today and I look forward to having you on again in the future.

Mac:

I look forward to being here again. It’s a wonderful thing to have had happen and thank you very much for this opportunity

Next time we’ll talk about one of the least used wellness buckets …

I want each of you to know I appreciate each and every one of you. I’m grateful that you are spending your time with me today so we can develop this friendship. You mean a lot to me and I am glad you are here. I know you have overcome some really tough things to get here. Like I said at the beginning there are a few things you can do to help, if this message has been helpful today, please share it with a friend or family member who may need to hear it. Or sponsor it. If you haven’t yet, please subscribe to this blog and leave a rating and review. Also join the Facebook group, or to set up a time to talk with me go to my Calendar so we can discuss how you can use these tools and others to get your amazing life!

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