"Test..test..test. Mic check 1, 2, 3. This is take 1."
It is great to be able to sit down with a man who knows the important of sound and quality VoiceOver. John, the amazing father to Lisa and husband of Theresa has immense knowledge of sound and recording equipment because his background was in radio and advertising. I had a great opportunity earlier this year with John to learn about VoiceOver recording techniques and process. He makes what is usually a complex process, extremely simple and quick because this is what he is passionate about! It was a great and insightful time! Not to mention, we had a great discussion about the importance of sound and how the overall radio and commercial industry works.
Just wanted to share this moment before diving into what we discussed. John is a great storyteller, a well-spoken, knowledgable and undoubtedly funny man. A great father figure to Lisa and her brother, Christopher. Throughout the filming process, he explained his point of view on family, balance and the importance of teamwork. As I mentioned in my previous posts, John and Theresa are fantastic parents but most importantly, they are a wonderful couple. It was great to hear John's take on how much of a great team they are--how they are able to raise two beautiful children together and adapt their parenting techniques.
As one may or may not know, parenting for a child with disability is very different from parenting one who does not have a disability. The responsibilities are different, the methods are different and most importantly, the expectations are different. John and Theresa experienced (and still continue to) both worlds. As he describes, "You have to rise to the occasion, like anything in life you constantly learn," which pretty much sums up the spontaneity and challenges of parenting one or the other.
This in my opinion, raises a very important aspect of parenting: being open-minded, curious and spontaneous. Having two heads are better than one, as one might say. This is why teamwork is essential in working your way through parenthood. I will definitely keep this in mind for future reference.