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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How Your Voiceover Career is Improving Your Health and Wellbeing

Chances are, if you are a voiceover talent, then you are working on a freelance basis.  That means that the health insurance options offered by your company (and by ‘your company’, we mean you) are pretty horrible.  The good news, though, is that you may not need health insurance as badly as those poor souls who don’t know the joys of working in this industry.

According to research, a healthy mind can actually have a big impact on your physical health.  It has been found that an active mind can reduce the risk of these common medical conditions:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
How can this be the case?  The first couple are easier to understand.  If you are keeping your mind active, you are more likely to feel fulfilled, and therefore less likely to suffer from depression.  Even anxiety is less likely to claim an active brain.  Because you are succumbing to depression and you are feeling fulfilled, you are more likely to make healthy food- and exercise choices.  That means less risk of obesity, which, in turn, means less chance of obesity-related illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease.  Additionally, it has been found that regularly challenging your brain can actually reduce the risk of falling victim to Alzheimer’s disease.

How does voiceover work help with all of that?  In this industry, you regularly challenge your brain.  You are forced to be a bit creative, to interact with others, and to complete a wide assortment of tasks related to voiceover and the running of the business.  Thus, you don’t give your brain time to get bored, and, if you love the work as I do, then you will most definitely feel fulfilled.  This type of work is sure to improve your vocabulary, your reading speed, your comprehension, and your listening skills.  It is wonderful for your mental health, and as demonstrated above, pretty fantastic for your physical health as well!

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