Hello, hope you enjoy! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Day in the Life of a Voice Actor

I’ve been seeing a lot of these “day in the life of…” blogs lately, and I’m always fascinated by them. It’s so interesting to get a glimpse into the everyday life of another person, and see it for what it actually is, without any boasting or grandstanding involved. Just a real, genuine explanation of “hey, this is what I do on a typical Tuesday.”

So I thought I would take a turn at it and share with you what goes on in my day-to-day life as a voice over actor. Mostly it’s pretty mundane, but there are moments of “wow! I LOVE my job!” that make it all worth it. Like getting feedback from a client on a recent project.

Here goes!

5:45 a.m. Wake up feeling refreshed and amazing (most of the time anyway). Then bring in or turnout (depending on the season) my horses, feeding, grooming and treats for my dogs and cats.

7:00 a.m. Breakfast, shower, regular morning stuff that most people do.

8:30 a.m. Head to the studio, fire up the computer, spend about 10 minutes going through emails. I’ve found that emails are a huge time-suck, and if you don’t stay on top of them, it gets even worse. So I plan on a few minutes each morning to sift through the junk and read and respond to anything important and record a few choice auditions

8:45 a.m. Schedule my day. I always map out my day, and here’s why: I am much more productive when I have a plan in place, and especially when I include general timeframes for each item I want to accomplish.

9:00 a.m. Script review and record. Could be a phone patch session or two, Skype, iPTDL, Source Connect NOW, answer more email, maybe a phone call or two, more recording

12:00 p.m. Lunch! Usually short, just a quick bite to fuel up.

12:30 p.m. Editing, software treatment, sending audio files. This is where I spent a big chunk of each day, because 2 minutes of recording usually equals about 20 - 30 minutes of editing.

4:00 p.m. Email check again. I pretty much check my email often throughout the day. Since it comes in from so many different sources. No matter what I'm doing I need to stay in touch and reply quickly when necessary. I keep phone calls short in favor of saving my voice for recording. Depending on workload, I'll post, comment, read, blog write or interact in some way with social media.

5:30 p.m. Done for the day! Or at least that's my goal. But, of course, these time slots are approximate and just meant to determine my basic plan for the day. If I have to do a session or have a deadline to meet this whole schedule can change instantly to accommodate a client or two. And it can get hectic since I've only got one mouth to work with!

Then it's off to the gym 3 or 4 days per week or to do the typical household chores most of us do. Or just catch up on my emails or read posts, blogs, etc.

And there ya have it... a day in the life of Rick Lance. Obviously, not every day looks like this. Some days are shorter, some days are longer. But for the most part, this is what it’s like to be a voice over actor; or at least, what it’s like to be me. 

No comments:

Post a Comment