When you have an exciting job like being a voiceover artist, and you are not confined in an office for hours every single day, you still do need to go on vacation from time to time.
But being a voiceover artist means that you are always ready to work since your voice is the key ingredient of your business. So, taking some time off to unwind and spend quality time with your family and friends is important, but you might end up working while on vacation. For many voiceover artists, working even while on vacation is a way to get new clients and keep existing ones.
At the end of the day, you are not going to get paid if you are not working. Taking your recording equipment with you and setting up shop in your hotel might be the best option if you want to keep your voice acting job going.
If you are considering or planning a working vacation, or you just want to be available for emergency projects that you would rather not say no to because they are from your VIP clients, we have gathered some tips that you need to get the job done while on vacation.
You will find that setting up a studio away from home might seem quite similar to setting up your first home studio. In this article, we are going to talk about the essential equipment you need and tricks to help you record great voiceovers.
What You Need
Since you are only going to be away for a short period, you only need to pack a few things to set up your studio. We recommend having a separate set up for travel. Your travel setup should only include the essential equipment that you can’t do without. And you also want to ensure that you don’t have excess luggage.
You need your microphone, preferably one that connects via USB to your computer. This allows you to record without using audio interface equipment. If you are using a microphone with XLR, then you need an adapter that converts XLR to USB.
You need your laptop for recording and editing your voiceovers. If you already use a laptop for your home studio you can take it with you. But if you use a desktop PC, then you need a laptop or a tablet with recording software installed on it. If you are buying a laptop go for one with an internal SSD because they are quieter.
You should include a mic stand, a surge protector, an extension cord, and short-run cables.
Things to consider
Since you are setting up away from home, you need to take into account the type of accommodation you will be staying at. There are several ways to deal with reverb in your hotel room. You can stack your pillows to create a fort that will absorb the sound; also, covering your head with a blanket will help. You can send your demos to voice talent websites like voquent.com even while on vacation.