This is a day in the life of a voice. My voice that is. It’s 6:30am and my phone is buzzing. I swear I never set it this early. I ignore it and roll over, assuming it was a bad dream. At 7:30 am it buzzes again. Recurring nightmare? Hard to tell. This time, rolling over isn’t accompanied by sleep.
A third call gets me out of bed—but not ready to pick up the phone.
Someone wants to talk to me badly. But I can’t tell where the phone number is coming from. Must be foreign—there are too many numbers to be anything else.
I listen to the messages…… “We want to hire you. Today. We need the job ASAP. Please call. I sent you an email through Voiceovers.com.”
Pop open the computer, sign on to my account at Voiceovers.com, the marketplace where voice seekers and voice talent find each other. I read through the instructions. They’re detailed and specific but I don’t sweat it. I’ve done this before and set up my mic and sound board to begin recording.
Let’s Get our Real Play On!
I do various takes. Stay hydrated… I always have to remember to stay hydrated but it’s hard sometimes, right?! I edit my takes and send them over to the client! Day finished? Not even close!
Emails and texts have been buzzing through all this time! I get on a conference call with another client, I answer emails and compose emails to prospective clients, and make Saturday lunch plans with my daughter. Mmm food… what’s that gnarling feeling in my stomach? Oh right, hunger. Oops! Must have lunch!
After I get some food in my system it’s time to get back into the recording studio. I record a job that was scheduled earlier this week before the job that came through this morning. I edit the real and send it through.
More water, more emails, more texts.
Sometimes I take a break and go to yoga. It is just as important to keep my body healthy as it is to keep my voice healthy. Other days I have acting class because it’s vital to me that I continue to hone and shape my craft.
Every Day in the Life Must Come to an End
When I get back to my apartment I answer more emails, return calls or have meetings about other projects. A lot of my job and day is spinning a lot of plates. But I always have a cut-off time, a time where the work is done for the day. I switch off, have dinner with my husband, curl up with a good book, head to the theatre or is it the NY Philharmonic tonight?. Work/life balance is something I work very hard for and its important to have a healthy mindset when getting up for work the next day.
Which reminds me! Time for bed after a productive and successful day. Ahhh hello bed, I’ve missed you!