I’ve been doing voice over work online for years. I work consistently. In all that time, I’ve only done one job where a phone patch was required. For that reason, I don’t have any fancy phone patch equipment as part of my recording setup.
In many cases, just a quick phone conversation with the client before I record can iron out any details that they want to make sure are communicated.
Recently, however, I booked that one job where the client wanted to listen in during the recording session. Nowhere in the audition instructions did it specify this requirement, so I wasn’t prepared for it. The client called to book for me the job, and during that call told me he’d need to listen in.
So what’s a guy to do with no advanced warning and phone patch equipment?
A Simple Fix
The answer… my bluetooth headset for my iPhone.
If you’re not doing phone patch sessions on a regular basis, investing in equipment for such a thing probably doesn’t need to be high on your priority list. It’s certainly not on mine. I’d rather spend that money where it will offer me a greater ROI. Things like marketing, or other more useful hardware or software.
My bluetooth headset worked great.
The client was able to hear me, and offer instruction. I didn’t have to worry about background noise from a phone call interfering with the quality of the recording.
Best part… it didn’t cost me a dime because it was something I already had available.
Sometimes a simple fix is all you need.
QUESTION: Are you phone patch equipped? If not, what’s your solution when the client needs to listen in?