My VO2GoGo Pro client, Dan Price, asked me this question:
What is it that a newbie like my self, should be doing, in between webinar classes, and Pro Connects? Most if not all of your other students are working pro’s. I’m still learning how to enunciate, and getting on with ACX, and that’s a little scary. My tech buddies are around, but availability is always in question. Some direction would help. Thanks.
Great question. And it got me thinking about all the different ways you can move your tools, career and skill set forward in between learning opportunities.
So, I started a list.
- Practice with all the clips on the class notes you get. Record them all. Record them again.
- Join a Facebook group that revolves around VO.
- Pimp out your LinkedIn profile, and make it more professional and relevant to your VO career.
- Do domething to make your recording space quieter.
- Get out of the house, and meet other people local to your area that are in VO. See if there are VO related meetups in the area – I’m going to one tomorrow night in Burbank, so I can meet other VO talent.
- Invite an engineer at a recording studio to lunch. Get to know them as a person – don’t spend all your time peppering them with audio questions.
- Practice more – with magazine ads. They’re written for the ear as well as the eye.
- Watch TV (and listen to the VO on the commercials), and listen to the radio (and critically listen to all the VO there: commercials, imaging, etc).
- Make some time to get to know your equipment better. Crack the manual or do some googling on your AT2020-USB Plus (or whatever microphone you have).
- Join Paul Licameli’s Audacity Voiceover Users’ Group to get more familiar with Audacity and what it can do.
- Start a podcast. Start talking about (and recording using all the tools and techniques you’ve learned) something your passionate about.
- Create your own content. Look around for material that can help you make a product you can sell (legally – no copyright violations allowed).
- Enjoy life – achieve something great, solve a mystery, get your heart broken. It will all make you a better actor and story teller.
What do you do to stay sharp and get better between gigs and classes? What are your downtime recommendations?
Let me know in the comments below.
Hope this helps!