Arguably, no one has had a better start to 2011 than Ted Williams and on Monday his year got even better.
The voice of Entertainment Tonight, Randy Thomas, along with other top voice-over talents such as Beau Weaver and Nita Whitaker, gathered their resources to pay Ted's union initiation fees for SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists).
Ted was given the news of his free membership at the Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab in Los Angeles. With guild membership Ted is able to work high-profile voice-over jobs, be eligible for health benefits and has access to expert training from the best in the world.
"There's no charge for a Screen Actors Guild or AFTRA actor to walk in these doors and learn about the craft of voice over," said Randy Thomas.
Don LaFontaine's Voice-Over Lab was established in memory of the legendary vocal actor who voiced thousands of film trailers, setting the standard for the industry. Don died on September 1, 2008.
"You've inspired the nation that second chances happen -- that good things happen to good people," said Don's widow, Nita Whitaker.
Ted was formerly homeless, receiving media attention when a video showcasing his "golden voice" went viral on YouTube -- getting over 11 million hits in just a few days.
I am humbled to be part of this community. From the moment I saw Mr. Williams on that video I wanted to come up with some way to help him find his way back into the profession for which he is so naturally and uniquely suited. I should have known that our VU community would open our arms and embrace him as our prodigal colleague. Welcome home, Ted.
It's best you say nothing at all if you have nothing positive to say. This is not AOL, Yahoo, TMZ or Facebook. If you have a problem with one man's success, maybe you need to clear your mirror and take a deeper look at yourself.
It's easy to banish you, but it's important that people see that personal attacks will not be tolerated.
Good on you Nina, Randy and Beau!...but SAG should take a good look at itself.
I suppose they need some good publicity after the recent fraud there.
Hopefully by the time Ted is doing some promos we will only have one union.
Bring on the merger.....so the next homeless guy doing voiceovers only has to join one union.