Ted William, a man from Brookline, New York, famed as ‘the man with the golden voice’ has gone to Hollywood from homeless, drinking Grey Goose from drinking rotgut in a matter of minute, to a sober full-time worker from heroin addiction, to a generous fellow from penniless and from nothing to something in just a twinkle of eyes. A man who, like Job in the Bible, has never lost hope in himself even in the misery that he brought upon.
The ‘the man with the golden voice’ was holding a help-sign in a highway intersection in Columbus, Ohio, with “I have a god-given gift of voice. I’m an ex-radio announcer, who has fallen on a hard time, please! Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you and God bless you”, became an inspirational figure once overcame the misery. Even though he was already a radio announcer in Columbus, he grew antipathy towards his career and fell into drug and alcohol abuse.
Ted William from Brooklyn is famously known as ‘the man with the golden voice.
Soon he found himself involved in petty crimes and was evicted, consequently homeless. To survive and to satisfy his need for drugs he stole food from the nearby stores and things to sell. Started ignoring my family. Server prison terms for a couple of time. Lived about 20 years in the street.
He co-authored the memoir A Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation with New York Times best-selling author Bret Witter.
Nevertheless, overnight Ted became a YouTube sensation thanks to a videographer named Doral Chenoweth who was interested in William’s voice and asked him to say something while he was standing and asking for help holding a sign in the busy highway intersection. Doral posted the video on Columbus based daily newspaper The Columbus Dispatch in January 2011.
Italian poet and writer Dante Alighieri wrote: “Do not be afraid; our fate Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.” William went on a field trip to meet his favourite radio announcer in his area in his early 14. Then he realised they do not look like the way they sound. “Radio is defined theatre of the mind” answered his favourite announcer when asked they do not look the way they soul: handsome or beautiful, perhaps. William decided to develop his voice over the years afterwards, because of his look, he cannot be an actor or an impressive figure.
During his hard time ‘the man with the golden voice’, deep inside his heart discovered his own significance, the significance of his voice: the only asset he developed with much inspiration during his field-trip. The asset that helped him reincarnate as a great man of compassion and greater purpose in his life, to serve humanity.
He is not a good-looking man to be a film star, but no matter what happened in his life all he wanted is to be get back in the business as a voiceover artist. During imprisonment, William entertained his fellow convicts with fake radio advertisements.
Importantly, soon after the videos went viral, ‘the man with the golden voice’ got offers for a job from the news-based television cable channel, ESPN and many more places as a fulltime voiceover operative. All the TV shows and networks all of a sudden crumbled over him from around the world.
He says he was overwhelmed, paralysed with fear, paralysed success did not know what it feels in any given time, emotion surfaced out of nowhere, all through his homeless day he never cried, now all of sudden he obtained what he cried for and became an emotional wreck, things happened too much and too fast that.
Along with being committed to his work, William dedicated his money and efforts to various philanthropy works. Felt the need to lead the homeless, who was once homeless. With an altered heart, he did not want people to see him as a man who was once addicted to substance abuse but want to impact other’s lives as well. Reincarnated, William decided not to abandon his principle. His genuine acts for humanity are visible many where in the US. He dreams to build a laundromat, where homeless people can wash and dry their clothes.
The life, fall and rise of William apparently teach us one important lesson—that the gift you have already realized is indestructible as long as you cherish the desire to uphold its integrity. What we are fated for cannot be taken away only if we are aware of it. Sometimes, in the journey of life fall become an inevitable part of it in order to make realise what we really worth. Fall comes to take us to another level of prosperity.
The creator of Sherlock Holm Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle said: “Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.” In the world of success and achievement-driven happiness, mediocrity gets not expected attention. We all are in a constant journey of success where every step we take, every man we meet and every relationship we formulate serves a particular purpose as a network mutual necessity.
William has been accepted and accolated not because of his look, but because of the superiority of the quality of his voice. Organisation or endeavour that thought his voice might be used as a commodity came forward.
The rest is history, William found a place on Wikipedia as an announcer, radio personality, voice-over artist, sportscaster, philanthropist and author. The obvious fact is that in the world of commodification our success and achievement mostly based on the superiority of gifts, or say, skills, not on human sympathy.