Schools Out: Summertime Interruption . . . or Opportunity?

Summertime is here, and you know what that means. The kids are out of school, more camping excursions are undertaken, the BBQ is lit and ready to go, day trips are planned, and a whole lot more interruptions are present to stop any work at home.

If you have kids like mine, then you know they live in this bizarro world where they do everything the opposite of what you ask. So it’s imperative to avoid statements such as . . .

  1. Keep it down!
  2. Can you turn the TV down?
  3. Can you play outside?
  4. Why can’t you guys play nicely?
  5. I don’t think the neighbors appreciate that.

Keep in mind that’s just a short list; I can keep going. As a voiceover talent though, my biggest bane is noise outside the recording studio. And like most voiceover talent, my studio is a self-constructed hodge-podge of audio dampening foam, loose military uniforms and an assortment of other clothing/blankets lining my space to offer some noise dampening. Personally, a monument of pride. However, I’m convinced I could set up my studio in a cold war missile silo buried hundreds of feet beneath rubble, and my kids will still find a way to let their voice be heard.

Yes, it can be irritating, but I’m actually okay with that.

Hear me out before you call me crazy.

Summertime can be a great time to step outside that voice booth, and focus on other important voiceover activities that may be neglected.

Yup, I’m talking about marketing and other administrative excitement!

  1. In between those squeals and screams, make those cold calls.  It’s not as bad as it sounds, and can actually be fun.  Just like auditioning, you get better the more you do it.  Call those people damn-nab-it!
  2. If you have to audition, strategize when you do it.  Take advantage of those periods your kids actually do go outside and finish that audition, instead of catching up on Marvels Agents of Shield *guilty as charged*. If that means auditioning in the early hours or late at night, then so be it.  If that audition matters that much to you, you’ll find a way.
  3. Update your website and any other voice casting services you’re affiliated with.  Rates change and demos get updated.  Keep up with that.

Since it is summertime, take the initiative to have fun!

One thing I do that my kids enjoy is I try to involve them with what I’m doing. Set aside some time and show them what you do. Have them record something silly. Involve them in the entire process to include any post production. For the longest time my kids thought the closest was the dad lair that was off limits, and were completely detached from what I actually did. Putting them in the hot seat and showing them their voice wave, they have a little bit of an understanding, and appreciation of what I do.

Most importantly, take care of yourself. Whether its physical fitness, mental relaxation, or spiritual restoration, you’ll notice a general improvement in your quality of life, which directly impacts your ability to cope with those stresses that might affect your ability to perform voiceover.

Have a great summer folks!

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