Dee Bradley Baker's "All to Know About Going Pro in V.O."

Disruption: Voice acting in an age of home confinement.

Framing the Challenges Facing VO

The corona virus lock down has put most all studio-based voice recording on hold in Los Angeles and around the world. It is a shocking and abrupt disruption.

Many are unsure what to do, holed up in our respective bunkers. How can we work? How will we survive radical social distancing?

Luckily, voice actors are able work from home with the proper set up. This industry is quickly shifting towards a model that favors home records over studio records. Voice actors must rapidly ready themselves for this.

We voice actors are freelance creative entrepreneurs. Uncertainty is part of our job. Adapting is in our DNA. So, let’s adapt.

Even if confined to our homes, we can continue to feed our artistic fires while upgrading our readiness to deliver the goods from home.

  1. For starters, despite the isolation and daily changes, don’t abandon ship! Commit to still be physically & mentally ready– charged like a battery.
    1. Be healthy, feel good, radiate health and well-placed confidence.
      1. The virus: do all you can to not get it or give it. Follow the science of contagion.
      2. Get enough sleep. Shoot for 8 hours.
      3. Keep physically vital & energized by working out and moving regularly.
      4. Eat clean, nutritionally dense food.
      5. Meditate regularly to calm reactivity of mind.
      6. Affirm social connections, keeping socially connected as best you can.
      7. Have fun, practice gratitude.
    2. Don’t lose your focus on cultivating your artistry.
      1. Focus on what you have control over- cultivating the irresistible bait, not worrying about the fish you want to catch.
      2. Continue to fill your creative well with inspiration, ideas, human connection and enthusiasm- read and view for inspiration and keep learning.
      3. Keep your own creative fires burning- keep creating things you love.
    3. Keep filling your heart with what makes you happy.
    4. Ease your worry by helping others, pitching in.
  2. Keep your technical vocal skills primed; e.g. reading out loud.
  3. Have your home studio ready to deliver the goods remotely.
    1.  Upgrade to a record-capable at-home sound studio ready.
      1. Consult with a good engineer to set adequate recording levels.
      2. Have a sufficiently dead recording space, sound conditioning.
      3. Have adequate mic, pop guard (+ pre-amp?).
      4. Confirm with a pro studio/engineer your studio’s sound quality.
    1. Be able to self-record & produce with ease.
      1. Be able to seamlessly self-produce during a home recording session.
        1. Be well familiar with your recording software.
          1. Review needed tutorials/ online walk through of software.
          2. Be able to label and notate tracks and edit on the fly.
        2. Know how to transfer large sound files to a client.
          1. Be familiar with function of Google drive or Dropbox.
        3. Be set up to accommodate video conferencing for a home session (e.g. Zoom).
        4. Confiirm webcam and conferencing app work while recording with your audio software.
        5. If possible install Source Connect to your home studio.
  4.  Stay positive, stay safe and keep an optimistic long term career time horizon in your mind.

© Dee Bradley Baker 2020

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