Balancing Work, Family, and VO
Having a full-time job, and a wife and family can sometimes make it difficult to find the time to audition and record audio for my projects. However, I've found that if I maintain a regular schedule of rising early, making use of commute time, and spare moments when I'm at home, I am able to complete projects on time, with the quality my clients expect. My voice is at its best very early, between 5 and 7 in the morning. I can get in a good 60-90 minutes of quality recording, with a tall flask of hot herbal tea in those early hours. Then, I am able to work through my editing during breaks and lunch and on my evening and morning commute time. It's important to set realistic deadlines and expectations with my clients, so I can deliver a quality product on or before the date they're expecting it. Since I'm focused right now almost exclusively on audio books, I have the freedom to set delivery dates that are reasonable and doable with my schedule. When I have voice over projects, namely promotional and training videos for my employer, I can work on those throughout the day and deliver those on time as well. It's very satisfying personally to know that people are listening to my voice and benefiting from the information I'm providing, whether it be a fun children's story or educational book, or an instructional video teaching customers how to use our products and services. All of that makes for a fulfilling experience in voice over work.