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Voice Coaches Radio #449 – Social Distancing Edition

Voice Coaches Radio. Everything voiceover. And welcome into this week's edition of Voice Coaches Radio Social Distancing Edition. Hopefully everyone is, uh, is doing well, uh, in this twilight zone in which we are currently living. Um, but, uh, from all of us here at Voice Coaches, obviously we, we hope everyone is, is feeling all right.

Everyone is holding up okay. Uh, in these, uh, in these strange times. I'm coming to you live from my house. Uh, as, uh, as with most people, I am, you know, quarantined into my own residence. So, uh, I'm coming to you live from my house. Um, residence isn't quite as good as you might get in the regular booth, but that's all right.

We're going to make it work. We're going to make it work. But again, thanks so much for tuning us in, uh, this week and every week here on Voice Coaches Radio. Again, first and foremost, I hope everyone listening in is doing okay, is hanging in there alright. This is a, uh, this is a strange new world we're living in right now, there's no question about that.

I certainly have no doubts that we will get back to, um... To normal life, as it were. But, uh, but for now, we're kind of all flying by the seat of our pants right now. But, you know, it's, it's tough. There's no question about it. It's, it's scary. There's no question about that. But, uh, you know, we are all in this together.

Not, not just, uh, not just the voice acting community, the country, the world. We're all, we're all battling this together. So, uh, hopefully you're, you're listening to this. in your house, um, as, uh, as that's where we all should be. Again, as I said, that's where I am voice coaches right now. The studio is, uh, is currently as, uh, as is mandated by, uh, by the state.

And as it's certainly, uh, trying to do our part, uh, to get control of this as best we can flatten the curve, as they say, is, uh, is currently not open. So again, coming to you live from, uh, from my house. In, uh, in Rotterdam, New York. So again, thanks so much for tuning in. But it is interesting, uh, since we are coming from my house, that, uh, you know, it makes one think that...

But voice acting is something you can do from your house, right? We're living in uncertain times right now, and again, this is not going to be the norm, certainly, but it does allow one time to think, because you have very little else you can do. But it does allow one time to think, and, and certainly, you know, with what's going on, you know, with, with everything with, you know, with the 19, with what's going on with the economy right now and, uh, and everything really being shut down and being forced to stay home.

So many people getting laid off at the moment. Uh, you can only hope that most of those people will be able to, uh, to get back on their feet once this finally does come to a conclusion, but there are going to be businesses that are not going to be able to recover from this. Uh, and so, you know, when we look at something like that, We always want to have control.

We always want to have a little bit more control of our own, you know, our own well being, our own success. And, you know, in times like this, that's more and more crucial. And for those of you who have been thinking about doing voice acting, who have maybe gone through the training but haven't really put in the work to get out there, or those who are out there but really haven't put in as much work as they want to, uh, really haven't marketed themselves as much as they should, this, this should be a wake up call for, for everybody.

Right? I mean, we say it all the time in our adult ed classes that most people won't do the things that they want to do. Well, this is a good wake up call that, you know, life is short. You never know what's going to happen from day to day. If you asked me a month ago, I would have told you I'd be doing this right from the studio like I always do.

And yet, here I am at home doing this because that's just the way the world goes. We don't know what's going to be around the corner. You know, take the opportunity to, to invest in yourself, uh, and, and do what you want to do. And if that is voice acting, then by all means, go for it. Absolutely go for it.

The other thing. That this really does highlight is, again, that importance to have some control over your own career. Companies are, unfortunately, closing down. Companies, unfortunately, are not going to be able to bounce back from this. And a lot of people are finding themselves out of work. But for those who can create their own work, for those, you know, who are able to and have the flexibility to, to do their own work, to do work from home, this is a, a, a great opportunity to, you know, to, to try that out, to, to, to really realize that this can be a huge benefit for you and kind of insulate you a little.

Bit towards things like this. Voice acting is such, and we always talk about it. You, you have the opportunity to work for yourself. You have the opportunity to, you know, take the jobs you want. You have the opportunity to create an entire new income stream where right now you may be struggling to do that.

The other thing, and I'm a perfect example of this right now, You can do this from home if you're comfortable with it, and you don't need to have a ton of equipment. You don't need to have, you know, uh, your own recording studio as it were, but you can do this from home. And frankly, right now, that's where you should be doing this, right?

Because studios are closed down right now, right? We're, we're quarantined. So you should be able to do this from home, and that's what you're able to do with this industry. So, you know, things to keep in mind. Obviously, this is a terrible situation right now, but we try to look at what's going to happen on the other side.

of it. Are we going to be stronger for it? Are we going to be better for it? Maybe we can be, even just a little bit. Maybe we can be, because maybe we can see that, you know what, the things that I've been putting off, the things that I've been thinking about, that, yeah, it'd be great if I did it at some time or some point when I get a chance, well, maybe now's that time.

Maybe now's that time, and maybe voice acting is that opportunity. So when, I, who knows if this will ever happen again? I never would have assumed this would have happened in our lifetime, but who knows what's gonna happen next? Who knows what's going to happen? The world is a volatile place, we never know.

We never know, but this can help us be a little bit more prepared for... The eventuality that something's going to happen, because it always does. And the more prepared we can be, the better we can be self sufficient, the better off we're going to be. The better off we're going to be. So, again, hopefully everyone is doing okay.

Hopefully everyone is feeling okay. Hopefully all our families are doing okay. I know we're getting a little stir crazy in here. I know I certainly am with my four year old son. Unfortunately, we had to cancel his birthday party, which, uh, it was crushing, to be honest with you. It was, it was... It's tough. But you know what?

They're small sacrifices. These are small sacrifices when we look at the big picture. We look at what we're trying to do and who we're trying to help and we're all in this together. So, uh, obviously, uh, we'd love to have everyone come out to the studio and get some work in and that really right now is, uh, is, uh, is kind of in pause at the moment, but.

We are certainly thinking about all our students. We're certainly thinking about everyone who's come through here and everyone who's dealing this together, because that's what we're doing. Voice Coaches is, is, is here if you need us. You can always reach out to us. You can always reach out to me, podcast@voicecoaches. com, to get in touch with me. Uh, again, that's podcastedvoicecoaches. com. And again, if you want to discuss any kind of topic, if you want me to talk about anything in particular, please do let me know. But... First and foremost, please, please, please take this seriously. Please do your part. Please stay safe.

Stay smart. Stay healthy. Because we need you back in the studio. And we'll have you back in the studio as soon as we can. Thanks again for tuning in. Again, [email protected] if you need to get in touch with me. Stay safe out there, everyone. And until next time, so long, everybody. Visit voicecoaches. com for more voiceover news and information.

In the first recorded-from-home episode during the Covid-19 quarantine, Josh considers the effects of staying at home all the time. You can still record voice over from home!