'AUDIOBOOK WEEK' - PART 2
How To Protect Your Voice During NYC
'Audiobook Week' ... Plus APAC Success Tips!
May 21, 2019
By Tom Dheere
Voice Actor & Coach
You've got lots of opportunities next week to learn, network and have fun during what we're calling 'Audiobook Week' in New York City (May 27-30). If you missed our annual guide to all events and more, click here for Part 1
Now, focus on this: Your voice is your career. So protect it from noise, booze, and Conference Crud!
Here's what I've learned over the years of conference-going:
Take Airborne before and after
you get air-borne.
Avoid shouting, singing etc.
- Project from your stomach, not
from your throat.
- I take
a Ricola lozenge before and after any situation where I'm going to speak loudly or
- Drink lots of hot tea with
honey and lemon.
- Drink Throat Coat tea.
- Drink lots of water. I drink
coconut water. It's got lots of electrolytes and I think it's yummy!
Keep your alcohol and soda
intake to a minimum.
- Get as much rest as you can.
If you have additional vocal health tips or
tricks to share, please post them in the "Comments"
FOR APAC SUCCESS ...
The anchor event for the week, of course, is the Audio Publishers Association Annual Conference (or APAC), on Wednesday, May 29, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Sorry: it's sold out! But if you have a ticket, remember this: publishers, narrators, producers and retailers are at APAC to do business. Yet your time is limited. So make sure your interactions are productive and respectful of everyone else's time.
'Cloud Advice' from the online audiobook narrator community for APAC success:
hand out crap
- Go every event.
- Be professional,
courteous and friendly.
- Don't underestimate the value of meeting other narrators!
- Challenge yourself to hold a conversation with someone
without using the word "I" or "me".
- Don't forget about personal safety. Try to
always do things with a buddy or group of people. There's safety in numbers.
- Don't drink too much alcohol; you'll feel
crappy the next day.
- Say hello to anyone who walks by you.
- Sit with
people you don't know at lunch.
- Pace yourself!
- Talk about more than
- Resist the introvert that you
- Ask for someone's card
rather than handing over yours unasked. They'll probably ask for yours as well.
It's you proactively showing interest in someone else, which they will usually
enjoy more than a person insisting someone show interest in them.
- Wear comfy clothes and
layers, take a wrap or a cardigan, the air conditioning is vicious though it
generally gets warm later in the day.
- When you're in a conversation, whoever
you're talking to, keep your eyes on them, avoid looking around the room to see
who you can nab next.
- Have a short list of
people you want to meet. If you can't find them, mention to someone that you
would like to meet a certain person and see if they will point you in that
person's direction. Nice way to meet people, too! BTW, the ladies bathroom line
is great for chatting. Take advantage of it!
- Be respectful of people's
Bonus: 'Cloud Advice' for having 'outside' fun ...
- Come early. Stay late.
- Take Open
- Take Big
Red Bus Tour
- Get 7-day
- Admittedly touristy, but
definitely fun: www.theviewnyc.com/lounge
And from long-time APAC-goer, top narrator/coach Johnny Heller ...
- The day is divided into tracks for narrators and tracks for producers. Your job
is to learn things and meet people.
- Dress comfortably. It may be hot outside
(it always seems to be for APAC), but it can get cold inside.
- Be open to
chatting and be warm and be interesting. If you are none of those things, find
someone who is - hang with them and be quiet. No one will know how horrible you
are if a nice person is with you.
- Give out your business cards, but much more
importantly, get cards! And then send "nice to meet you notes."
- Avoid being
catty about anyone until later and you're hammered at the Not Naudies. Then -
tell me all about it!
- And don't forget that the day before (May 28) is my workshop! Join us
for a day of learning from the top names in the business!
Over more than two decades, Tom Dheere - AKA 'The VO Strategist' - has narrated thousands of projects for
clients in over a dozen countries and voiced more than 40 audiobooks. He
is also a voice over business consultant, a coach at Edge Studio, was the marketing consultant for the Voice Over Virtual online conference, and is also writer/producer of the sci-fi action comic book Agent 1.22.
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