If I were to conduct a survey amongst voice actors regarding downtime, I’m guessing the results would show most don’t want it. We’d rather be working. Or at the very least have audition opportunities before us.
After all, this is how we make our living. The fact of the matter is, that’s not always the case. We are going to have downtime.
What we do in that downtime is important. It can be a difference maker. Yesterday I shared 5 Things To Do Between Voice Over Gigs and received some good response. Today I’ve decided to take it a little bit further.
5 MORE Things To Do Between Voice Over Gigs
1) Listen: One of the great things about the Internet is that it’s loaded with learning material. One of the greatest tools for a voice talent… other people’s demos! Listen to as many of them as you can and take notes. Listen to the way they read. Listen to the quality. The interpretation of scripts. This task isn’t about making yourself feel inadequate or intimidated. It’s about making you better!
2) Educate Yourself: Look for an acting class in your area. Or watch for a great voice over webinar. Those are happening all the time. Consider it an investment in yourself and your business. Never stop learning.
3) Write A Blog: I’ve been doing voice over work in various capacities since 1995. I’ve learned a lot over the years. The reason I write this blog is to share what I’ve learned with others. Maybe I can help new talents from making the same mistakes I did. Or maybe I can teach an old talent a new trick (to paraphrase a catchphrase). I’m sure you’ve got things to share. Don’t be afraid to do it. Plus, building a blog is another great way to get your name out there.
4) Read Out Loud: I love to read books. When my bookshelf in my apartment filled up and there was no room for another one, I got the Kindle app for my iPad. Now I’m building my virtual library. There’s no question that reading will make you a better voice talent. But if you want to take it a step further, read out loud. Practice makes perfect!
5) Exercise: I always feel better when I get off the treadmill… but it’s nearly impossible to convince myself to get on it in the first place! Don’t spend your downtime sitting in a comfy chair or snoozing on a cushy couch. Get up. Go for a walk outside. Get some fresh air. Hit the gym if you’ve got time. Get on the treadmill. Do something to keep moving. You’ll feel better when you’re done and that will translate in the next script that arrives!
There are plenty of great ways to maximize your downtime between gigs. Enjoy yourself. Stay relaxed and refreshed. Take care of your business in other ways and eventually, the downtime will become less and less!
What about you? Have any other suggestions to share?