For years, my husband, Mike, has been begging me to invest in a top-tier sound room for my voice-over business. According to him, a business owner should invest 10% into their business each year. He says that, but I think he’s just tired of my grouchiness. What can I say? There are only so many leaf blowers, barking dogs, and idling trucks, a voice talent can handle. Either way, he was right. Continue reading “Studiobricks Assembly, 5×4 Triple-Wall”
Breath is vital.
In life, it sustains us.
In voice-over, it gives our chords flexibility.
As a voice actor, it is easy to get anxious while reading copy. How does this director want me to sound? Did I interpret the copy correctly? I’ve got to nail this! Before you know it, you are ten takes in and your chords have a death-grip on the copy. It’s so hard to work with all that vocal pressure. Relax. Continue reading “VO Tip Friday: Remember to Breathe”
This Easter is a special one for our family. Glen, our beloved 18-month-old, is at the age where he can independently jump into the fun. He was only 8-months-old last Easter so we basically carried him from egg-to-egg while his cousins zipped around us. And while everyone else searched for prize eggs, Glen had the best time snuggling with Mom and Dad and giggling at all the fun. Life was simple. But I have a funny feeling that this Easter Mike and I will be racing to keep up. Yep, Easter will certainly blow his mind, as if Christmas hadn’t done that already! From his good morning Easter basket to the family egg hunt, from the Easter piñata to our family confetti egg war…
Glen will have a blast!
When asked what we’ll bring to the table this year, I decided on something sweet that would not demand a lot of time or effort. Welcome, Lemon Crinkles! Continue reading “Lemon Crinkle Cookies”
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As a self-employed creative in charge of a business and a household, I am always interested in new ways to trim our monthly budget and keep as much of our family’s income in the bank as I can. This week, our family officially cut-the-cord and switched to streaming television. Ahhhh… so liberating! Another way I like to keep our monthlies in check is by giving less-and-less to Uncle Sam each quarter. Continue reading “VO Tip FRIDAY: Medical Tax Deductions”
There are so many things I miss about living in the northeast, but a true Autumn is what I probably miss the most. Nothing beats the fiery colors in the trees, picking apples at a local vineyard, and having the perfect weather conditions for sipping hot apple cider. I miss the crisp air and fall jackets.
Here in Texas, we are enjoying Thanksgiving in shorts and open-toed shoes. Zoo Lights at The Houston Zoo will officially kick-off this weekend, and they always offer mugs of cocoa and cider. A lovely thought, but after all the walking, cider-sipping, stroller-pushing, and more walking, all you really want is an ice water and a fresh application of deodorant.
Sigh. I do love Texas, but Autumn is just not the same here.
The one magical autumn moment, however, is the week of Thanksgiving when I retrieve our reserved stash of berries from the freezer and make all kinds of delicious eats. My dad had a very successful crop of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries this past season. We ate them fresh last spring and used some in a cobbler or two, but this reserved stash will be used to make gifts for our Thanksgiving guests, including Dad. Continue reading “Whipped Berry Butter”
Daily planning and multi-tasking are as vital to a voice-over momma as hot tea is to a set of strained vocal chords. We’re busy getting the kids fed and off to school, marketing our business, recording awesome audio for awesome clients, cleaning house, paying bills, recording more audio, running errands, hugging those kiddos when they get home, and prepping dinner, with more mic-time laced throughout the day.
On one of those more hectic days, dinner can easily get moved toward the bottom of the priority list. After all, pizza is only 10-digits and 45 minutes away, right? Continue reading “Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls”
Forget the sparkles and baubles, when you’re a VO Mom on a budget, new gear is a luxurious delight. I recently acquired a pair of sweet, sweet Yamaha HS-7 studio monitors. Once all the gear was carefully unpacked, peeled out of its styrofoam casing, and plugged into the studio, I poured a glass of red and danced around the room – because, you know, new stuff is fun.
After I came down from that high, I was left with these two awesome Yamaha HS-7 boxes. Glen noticed them, too. And when your baby boy notices a very cool box… well, what else do you do but create an ugly, fun crawl space for him? (Oh, the things you can do with a box!) Continue reading “A Voice-Over Mom’s Homemade Sensory Crawl Space”
One of my favorite times with Glen is story time. I’ve been reading to him since he was inside my belly. And now, his little face lights up every time I open a book. One of our favorites is Winnie-the-Pooh. For being a bear with “very little brain,” Pooh’s words have impact. Every time I read them, I find yet another nugget of wisdom that I tuck straight into my parenting cap. These are my favorites:
Houston spent much of this past week under water. Violent lightning splintered the sky and thunder cracked. Creeks and bayous rose, drowning the streets and flooding homes. Families fortunate enough to have a second level, carried everything upstairs to avoid getting drenched in the cold, murky waters. Some people didn’t make it. Some horses didn’t either. It was a rough week, certainly.
Our neighborhood seemed to be one of the only in Cypress that did not take in a lot of water. We did lose power several times over the week, but I am so grateful that is the only thing we lost. And it’s times like this when I am so happy to have a power conditioner on my side. Continue reading “The Importance of Power Conditioning in the Voice-Over World”