Plugging Your Stuff

Wow, is that a title rife with double meanings! But well, you know how it is – when you create a buncha stuff, you can’t just leave it sittin’ around…

So, in January I plan to hang out my voiceover shingle. I told my 30-year-old daughter this, and she asked “What are you talking about?”

“Shingles, you know, signs.”

“I thought shingles was a virus or something.”

“No, it means opening up a business. You know, doing voiceovers.”


“You know, for fun…”


Of course you know: back in the old days, before the Interweb, stores would hang a descriptive sign in front of their shop. Doctors, barbers, apothecaries, lawyers, wheelwrights… we could spend a whole day making a list of occupations. The sign was referred to as their shingle.

So, what’s with this shingle? I do voiceover. I’ve always done voiceover. Now that our last kid has gone, well, if you’ve done voiceover, you know how fun it can be, and hey, why not?

But wait, I also do motion graphics. Mo who? Yes! It turns out that the stuff I do at work all day long is called Motion Graphics – I are a motion graphics artiste!

So, shingle number two goes up in January.

The customers? They’ll come flocking through the gates of those intermediary companies that link freelancers and work-seekers together.

The Fred Flintstone part? Well, Wilma, nobody else is doing freelance voiceover or motion graphics, right? So I should pretty much make a kajillion dollars by next week.

So, in Janury:

  • Publish the Novel
  • Launch the voiceover business
  • Launch the motion graphics business
  • Pay more attention to

And, yes, shingles is a virus. Just not my shingles!

Author: John D Reinhart

Author, technical writer, videographer, actor, and naval historian John D Reinhart is a very busy guy. You can find his novels as

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