Regardless of how much I am working, after each job I instantly start to brainstorm on ways to capture that perfect read. Sometimes it can be finding which studio hardware can give you that perfect sound. It can be figuring out how to capture the essence of what you are reading just that much more. Then, on occasion, something I often forget comes to mind. That something, is taking a break from the mad dash so many actors and entertainment professionals do on a continual, never ending cycle.
I often forget to enjoy the things that life has brought me thus far. My mind sees all the others running, and I start running along side them, and many times I try to run even faster. When I stop running and remember that it's o.k. to open the door to that sound booth and walk out, or let my mind leave that set after the day has wrapped, I can rest assured, that whatever I am enjoying, other than work, will only make me a better performer, and artist.
I had the opportunity to work in Oklahoma for a few weeks over the course of the past few years. Nothing is quite like the Heartland of the United States. People are people. Thats it. They don’t try to put on a show of what kind of car they drive, who they know, or how they are the next big thing. They are kind hearted, with sweet smiles, friendly waves, and are always excited to talk with someone “not from around these parts”.
After having an excellent Skype lesson today with master teacher Marc Cashman, I realized... WHY NOT have 2 way video with your director and clients during the recording session!
We all have heard those "back in the day" stories about how people went from studio to studio for their recording sessions. They all talk of how relationships were built and the face time with their client made the job so fulfilling and fun! Well, I don't see why we can't have our cake and eat it too!
Its as easy as putting a $99 monitor, and $30 webcam in your vocal studio or booth. When the session begins, everyone can chat face to face about the spot and then get the recording underway. After the session, you can say your thank-yous, wave goodbye, and be happy knowing you not only gave them a great read, but a great smile to remember.