Connie Terwilliger – ISDN Voice Talent

July 10, 2009

A Day in the Life of a VO Talent

Filed under: Musings — Tags: , — connieterwilliger @ 6:02 pm

At coffee – the BlackBerry rings – it is an agent from the other side of the country. “Got a job for you today if you are available. Don’t know what the pay is or anything much about the job, but they have to have it on the net tomorrow.” I ask if it is ISDN (yes, it will be) and assure her that I can carve out some time today to do the session.

Walking back from coffee – the BlackBerry rings – it is the agent from the other side of the country. “OK, how’s 2pm? It is about a 10 minute corporate piece for a hospital. How’s $800?’ 2pm is fine and $800 is fine.

Back home and in the studio, I start working on my In Box – it needs attention – sorting email, following up on auditions, confirming upcoming work and reviewing the scripts. Some prep work for a regular client who sends scripts in crazy formats that need to be converted to something managable for my telephony software.

Then a long chat with a career consultant about what it might take to advance to the next level of voiceover success. Gleaned some great ideas during that conversation and will actually spend some money for a longer more detailed analysis and game plan next week.

Refrigerator repair man shows up – we have been turning on and off the main water flow since last week due to a hole in the ice maker hose. Can’t easily get under the house – easier to turn the water on and off. He says “Oh, you have a Northstar – we don’t repair Northstars. But here is a tube connector that might do the trick.”  The rest of the middle of the day was consumed by phone calls (my grad school development director wondering if I really AM going to kick in some extra bucks this year), a few auditions and volunteer work for a professional association – a board meeting is set for later in the day.

2pm – the ISDN unit is turned on. The phone rings with the audio engineer on the line wanting to connect. Producer is late, so we have some time to figure out why his system doesn’t want to talk to my system. He is inside a large corporate switchboard, so he needs to use a long distance code before he dials my numbers, so digits have been flip-flopped and no connection is made. Finally Producer arrives, we get connected and in less than an hour, the tracks are recorded.

Immediately, the board meeting starts…technical issues here as well. GoToWebinar is acting funky and everyone has trouble getting logged in and then we all be bumped off – but eventually we are able to see and hear almost everyone. Phone rings constantly while in the conference – forcing me to step out to handle some “mom” business briefly.

An hour and a half later, we all say goodbye and I turn my attention toward yet another audition. An audition that isn’t for a job, but to be listed on a new website as a Certified Professional.

In between all of this is constant email flowing into my In Box with questions and leads and jobs. Looking over at my job board, there are 5 jobs to be done by Monday or early next week. One I can push off for days, but others that need to be expedited. Not all pay $800 of course. ;-)

This is a strange and wonderful job.

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