Voiceovers And Workflow – The Not Silent Blog 9/27/16
Sounds dirty, doesn’t it? Dirty as in a grownup, cubicle-like, stop-chaining-me-down word.
Well, I love it! But you wouldn’t expect otherwise from me, would ya? 🙂
Here’s why I love it. I, am a selfish bastard. I want my selfish bastard voiceover career to run as smoothly as possible so I can take my selfishly-earned money and do fun, selfish stuff with all that free time my selfishly motivated workflow provides me. Selfish, right?
I divide workflow into three categories:
- Physical Workflow
- Digital Workflow
- Mental Workflow
Break it down for me, fellas.
Physical Workflow: Basically, where you put all your physical crap. I’m talking about your desk, your recording booth, your filing cabinets (you do have them, don’t you?), etc. Is there a place for everything and is everything in its place?
Digital Workflow: Basically, where you put all your digital crap. I’m talking about your email, your social media platforms, your important digital documents. Is your email organized by folder or do you have 12,391 messages in your Inbox? Do you have your online login information in an accessible, safe location? Do you back your up hard drive every day?
Mental Workflow: Basically, where you keep your, um, mental crap. You know, your brain. Do you have a Mission Statement? Annual goals? An Action Plan? Do you often feel prepared & ready to take on the day or are you distressed & lacking focus, not sure what to do next or how to do it?
TIP OF THE WEEK
Clean your desk. Have a place for your receipts. Build binders for each part of your business to store and quickly access important documents.
Using Outlook or your email site, create folders for each area of your business and for each client. Use an app or your browser to store your login and password info. Use a Bookmark Manager like XMarks to store your favorite websites. Use a service like Carbonite to back up your hard drive. There are a bunch of other great online backup services you can check out by clicking here.
Craft a Mission Statement. Create Annual Goals, Build an Action Plan to realize those goals on a daily basis.
Be a selfish bastard. Make your life easier!
NEWS AND NOTES
- Infinivox has just released their latest compilation, “The Year’s Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 8” featuring myself and the wonderful Nancy Linari. Click here to hear a sample. Wanna win a free download? Be one of the first three people to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
- The VO Strategist is coming to New England! I will be speaking before the West Connecticut Voice Over Meetup Group at The Carriage House in Stamford, CT this Saturday October 1st from 1-4 PM. We will talk about how to build your voiceover business with a focus on marketing. You can join the group and register here.
- I and fellow Agent 1.22 co-creator Angelo Panetta got interviewed! You can read it here.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
There are probably few more obvious emblems of soulless success than a children’s beauty contest. David Rooney
From my village to yours; this is Tom Dheere, GKN News…
Tom Dheere is a 20-year veteran of the voice over industry who has narrated thousands of projects for clients in over a dozen countries. He is also a coach at Edge Studio, voiceover business consultant known as the Voice Over Strategist, and is currently writing & producing the comic book “Agent 1.22”.