"Just One More Audition And Then
I'll Go To The Gym" - Is That YOU?
June 24, 2014
By Amy Taylor-Fernandez
Perhaps some of you fellow booth-dwellers can relate to this:
Sound familiar? That was me.
LOVED JOB - IGNORED HEALTH
Sure, I had accomplished a lot during the course of a day. I had connected with people in various cities, recorded fun voices and had a blast. I love my job. But sitting and standing day after sedentary day was taking its toll on me.
Although I avoided mirrors at all costs, I knew I had gained a lot of weight. And as the years went by, I kept doing the same routine.
After all, I was making decent money at the best job in the world, right? That was all the justification I needed for ignoring this problem. I rationalized:
"Iíll get to the gym some day. I really need to concentrate on my career right now. Itís not like Iím home watching TV. I donít even watch TV. I canít remember the last time I sat on my couch. I voice and edit 12 hours a day. I donít have time for a gym.ĒBut, of course, sitting in an office chair or standing in a booth for hours on end is just as bad as sitting on a couch.
HEALTH WAKE-UP CALL
For some, making the choice to get in shape comes after hitting a certain number on the scale. For others, the wake up call comes in the form of a medical diagnosis.
For me, it was simply time to pay attention to the signals my body was giving me.
I noticed I was editing a great deal of breaths out of my reads - way more than I did when I was in shape. One of my vocal coaches pointed out each catch breath I was taking in between sentences, and I became hyper-aware of them.
In the eight years Iíve been doing voice over full time, Iíve hired seven voice coaches. Theyíve all been great.
One beat the radio announcer out of me with a stick. Another taught me how to bring characters to life. Each has played a pivotal role in honing my skills as a talent and for that I am eternally grateful.
But the coach I am working with now is perhaps the most important one of all and he does not teach voice over.
BOLD MOVE, DAILY COMMITMENT
I first met with Peter Bergamo in March 2104. (That's our picture above).
I was really out of shape, completely foreign to gym equipment and paralyzed in fear.
I was apprehensive about this "personal trainingĒ cutting into my session availability, audition-to-booking ratio, and just about every other obstacle that popped into my head.
But I told my inner voice to shut up and started going to the gym anyway. Religiously!
THE PAYOFF DOES COME
How many auditions do we do in a day? 10? 20? More?
Some days we get nothing in return. Then one day we hit pay dirt. Well, the gym is like that for me. Most of the time itís a lot of tedious repetition- and sweat- with very little ROI.
Ah, but then all at once it pays off either on the scale, in the way my clothes fit or a nanosecond glance in the mirror where I think, "Who is that?Ē
I wouldnít dream of not auditioning tomorrow just because I didnít book a gig today. Thatís just crazy talk! So I began to apply that mindset to exercise, and now I canít imagine not going to the gym tomorrow, either.
WHO HAS TIME FOR GYM?
I treat my sessions at the gym just like a session with a client. Weíd never blow off a client, would we?
I go three times a week for personal training. Most other days I go in to do cardio.
All of this is making me physically and vocally stronger. I carved out the time to work out. I reprioritized. I got rid of a few clients that were a lot of hassle and little profit, but thatís another story - see the Pareto or 80/20 principle.
If you truly want to improve your health, youíll make it work however you can. Taking that first step is probably he most difficult. But ultimately, itís an essential lifestyle change. Itís one that only you can make.
Amy Taylor-Fernandez's voice was recently featured in ESPN promo work during the World Cup, National Vonage TV spots, Clorox, Kaiser Permanente, and Dominoís among others. Amy specializes in U.S. English and Neutral Spanish voice overs.
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