Ahh, that well known quandary that exists amongst all us voiceover folk – to truly take a holiday or not.
Now when I say ‘truly take a holiday’, I mean time spent away from the working world where no work is done whatsoever. Well, anyone with a smartphone will tell you that that’s become pretty much impossible anyway. Think about it, when’s the last time you looked at a hotel online and didn’t want to make sure that they had WiFi – even if access means going to one corner of the hotel bar and standing on a stool? Heaven forbid we miss that all important email telling us we’ve won the Nigerian Lottery!
Being a voice over really is no different. First and foremost, we are running a business, and with a worldwide client base, it’s important that we make ourselves available for as long as we can. “Surely the client can wait?” I hear you cry. Well yes they could, but chances are that they won’t, so it’s best not to give them the excuse to shop elsewhere.
And indeed, this was brought home to me just this week whilst I myself took a short holiday with my family. Picture the scene – the hotel is on the South West coast of England, atop a cliff overlooking the ocean. All very lovely, until you factor in that the weather turned pretty nasty and the winds outside were strong enough to pick up stones and dent my car – which they actually did, but that’s a whole other story.
With noise this loud, mobile service practically non existent and WiFi connecting only when it was in a good mood, I receive an email with a script for a radio commercial. And the thing about radio commercials is that the turnaround needs to be fast, so if I was not able to record it, I would have to forego not only this job, but any more chances to record for the same client, as I had already been their voice for several commercials and they wanted consistency.
Fortunately, my kit was at the ready (pictures above). An iPad running Auria, an Apogee Mic encased in a Kaotica Eyeball – so called because it looks like an eyeball. By the way, here’s what the mic looks like without the Eyeball:
Now remember, it’s windy, and the double glazing was just not cutting it. Hence after lots of searching, I was reduced to crouching behind a curtain in an empty conference room with the script on my phone in one hand and the mini mic stand in the other. I needed to speak closely into the mic or the room acoustics would create quite a bit of echo.
I recorded, edited, saved the recordings, found out that I had saved them incorrectly, saved them again, emailed them, and the engineer confirmed that he had received them. The next day that same client needed another version of their commercial, only this time I was back home in the comfort of my studio.
The thing is, thanks to the genius that is Rik Scott at Media Sound Holdings, I cannot tell which is which. Can you? Email me from the contact pane on your right and I’ll let you all know the answer next week.