Earlier this week, for the first time in years, I had auditions scheduled in actual recording studios.
Up until now, my audition regimen went something like this:
It may go without saying, but having a home studio is a very nice luxury to have when it comes to voiceover auditions. But this time, I had to actually…take a shower? Brush my teeth?! PUT ON CLOTHES?!!!?
(Seriously, you’d be surprised by how many of us are making it happen in our drawers these days- those booths get hot!)
At this point, I had two options: Reject the idea of having to leave the comfortable confines of my home (a great way to make my agent want to kill me), or get off my butt and make the most of my journey into the city (and possibly book a pretty sweet gig).
So, rather than panic over the possibility of sunlight actually hitting my skin, I used the opportunity to listen to my dogs, and made it a goal to enjoy the outdoors.
With auditions in different parts of town & three hours in between, I did my best to stay off of my phone and take in the world around me. I people watched. I found a new donut spot. I met up with my wife for lunch (something we don’t get to do very often). Most of all, I enjoyed the world outside of my world.
In my time as a voice actor, I’ve found that it gets very easy to forget that there’s an actual world outside of my door, and I know I’m not alone. In fact, I won’t limit it to voiceover; I’m sure there are plenty of us out there who get stuck in our offices or cubicles and hardly ever come out.
Well I’m here to tell you that a little fresh air won’t kill you. I know- I’m as shocked as you are- but it’s true! That, or my ghost is currently writing this blog, in which case it’s pretty cool that we have computers in the afterlife. Also, Tupac & Abe Vigoda say hello (I roll with a unique squad up here).
But seriously, to everyone who’s stuck inside all day every day for whatever reason, I leave you with these four simple words:
Get the F out! (of the house) (once in a while) (when you can) (I really whiffed on that ‘four words’ thing) (I probably should’ve just edited out this entire section) (oh well) (I’m hungry) (let’s see what I have to eat) (ehh, nothing but mayonnaise and bread) (I could go to the market) (but that would mean leaving my house) (nah forget that) (mayonnaise sandwiches it is!) (…I really should’ve edited this part out)