How To Beat The Clock & Do It All:
Top 5 Tips For Voice Over Talent
By Moneen Daley
Voice Actor / Performance Coach / Producer
We are all looking to save time, enjoy time, keep time on our side and make time.
In voice over, we especially need to heed the clock as we are making deadlines, delivering to precise times, and often working in multiple time zones.
So my offering to you is: The Top 5 Time Efficiencies for Voice Over Talent.
1. Protect Your Peak Performance Time
Some talent thrive in the early morning hours, some come alive at 10 pm.
Figure out when your peak performance time is and protect it. Do your recording (that doesn't require scheduled directed sessions) and auditions during this personal prime time.
2. Warm Up Your Articulators and Resonators
In a perfect world, we'd all be on the floor for an hour employing the Linklater Method. When that is not possible, give yourself at least 5 to 10minutes of warming up your articulators and resonators so you work efficiently.
Many "one take wonders" are simply properly warmed up talent.
Example: Tiny Mouse and Roaring Lion:
3. Eliminate One Toxic Relationship
There may be a colleague, neighbor, family member or associate who is the quintessential Debbie/Donny Downer. Someone who is looking to be the victim, always has a complaint, wants to suck your positive energy and time like a vampire.
Don't let them.
Guard your privacy and work schedule in your studio just as you would in a corporate office.
Example: In the past month, I have saved myself about 90 minutes a week by (kindly) curtailing a particular relationship that was not serving me.
You can, too.
4. Schedule Everything
Warm Ups, Paid Work, Auditioning, Colleague Coffees/Lunches,Relationship Building, Bill Paying, Administration, Social Media Everything!
Example: Be specific in the kind of time it takes to do essential tasks so you may adequately prioritize.
Often times when someone says "I don't have time," they are really saying they are not in control of their time.
5. Create & Relate To Your Big Picture
Your big picture is where you want your craft, your business and your personal life to be.
It can motivate you to do the tasks we can easily eschew (like agent pitching or cold calling a studio).
What will it feel like in 3 months if you stick to your schedule and maintain your commitments no matter what?
You'll feel empowered and motivated - and you'll learn to trust yourself!
Moneen Daley The Mo of MoVibe Productions - is a voice actor, performance coach and audio demo producer has spent somewhere around 37,000 hours at the microphone over three decades. In addition to performing, she coaches and directs worldwide from her home studio in Seacoast New Hampshire (featuring a Neumann U87 mic). Moneen has produced Audie Award-winning content for Scholastic Books, has been recognized by the Massachusetts Association of Broadcasters and the New Hampshire Broadcasting Association. Career highlights include co-hosting a Morning Show with the Emmy Award Winning Tom Bergeron, narrating with The Boston Pops, and interviewing celebrities like Rosie O'Donnell, Joy Behar and Linda Ronstadt. Moneen received a diploma from The Todoroff Advanced Performance Conservatory in NYC and is a recent graduate of The Wisdom School led by Cynthia Bourgeault.
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I truly appreciate your thoughtful, concise words of wisdom!
I, too, will be printing this out!
Vocal performances, yes, but wow, you are absolutely right! Energy sucks are also time sucks. Thank you!!