I AM SO not IN THE ZONE!!!

Every now and again, you might not feel "in the zone" when it comes to; your work, a relationship, or perhaps reaching a goal. Well, don't fret! Sometimes when I'm in the zone I am so focused on being perfect, and getting everything exactly as I planned, there is no room for that accidental ahhhh! moment. I don't leave room to fail and in turn find something new! Many of my greatest creations or triumphs so to speak have come from a screw up, or just playing around having fun instead of trying to hit the nail on the head every time. So relax, take that needed break, feel the wind in your hair, and allow those juices to drip out and get things a little messy once in awhile. You'll be happy ya did.

Based on your performance... Get Out More.

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.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE to work. It's part of me, a large part of me, and I get great fulfillment from my job. However, if we are to work all the time, and our performance is often based on life experience, we would only have other work to take from. This isn't good for any artistic medium or performance.  How can I read a spot about Coors beer if I never go out and enjoy one. How can I read a spot about Toll House cookies if I don't grab two glasses of milk and devour half a plate with a friend or loved one. How do I read a spot about what's "COMING UP NEXT!!!" if I indeed haven't taken the time to sit down and see what is ACTUALLY coming up next, other than just it's name.

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.

 

My time in Oklahoma

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”.

Many of the faces i saw were those of hard working people. Their sun drenched wrinkles, worn hands, and brawn shoulders gave it away. I was working in OK as an auto show presenter. I was giving my presentation on the latest cutting edge vehicle, and while some later told me they could never afford that $45k vehicle, out of respect, they stayed and listened to every last word I had to say.

Thanks Oklahoma for showing me what the heartland of America is all about. Sending you prayers.

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Webcam 2 way video for phone patch or ISDN sessions!

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.

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