The Holiday Rush by Dan Lenard

Posted on December 23, 2011 by

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The Holidays, for a voice actor are a time when things are pretty much the same except that…. you’re more rushed. You have parties to go to, shopping, and travel plans. Everyone says voice work slows down for the Holidays. I’ve frankly never seen it. A lot of corporate media guys are in a hurry to get stuff done before they take off for the Holiday. Face it, we’re always at the bottom of that process.

So, what do you do when pressed for time?

Rushing is never a good idea, no matter what business you’re in. In the creative/technical arts you really can’t cut corners. If you’ve got work on a tight deadline, because you don’t have much time, instead of rushing, take your time. I have found that if you put the clock out of your head, and prioritize the task at hand, you do it on time and do it better. In a home studio, keep more of than headbourne checklist. Write down your process and make a habit of making sure you’ve done everything:

  • Noise gate
  • Compression
  • EQ
  • Proper file format?
  • Who’s the client?
  • What do they want?

Slow and steady always wins the race. NEVER compromise quality for time. We get hired for the quality of the work we do. Remember that and make it a priority. Also, communication with your client is essential. If you have a great relationship with your client, they’ll accommodate you as much as you accommodate them. Another real important thing to remember:

  • If you’re the voice on a longer format read, it’s not going to get done without you. They know it and they need you. Thats why they hired you.
  • If they have a deadline of Christmas Eve, what kind of a company are they? (Aside from another culture) Make them understand.
  • If you have travel plans, give them a heads up. A two week and one week heads up.

I understand that if you’re doing image work or commercials, there’s an immediacy that must be adhered too. But again, remember, immediacy has a value. They expect the same, in shorter time, at a critical time of the year? Make it clear the extra effort it takes, and charge accordingly. We’re not social service agencies!  We do this for a living!

I’ve got a head full of other home voice over studio tips that I plan on sharing with you in 2012.  More acoustics, processing, logistics and the answers to your questions. Send them in!

On behalf of the Home Studio Master’s family, have a wonderful time this Holiday Season! Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2012!

Any questions or comments? Let The Home Studio Master know!

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