The Tea on Voice Over
There’s nothing that I enjoy more than sitting down after recording and editing voice work than brewing myself some of my favorite tea, sitting in my favorite chair, and turning on some of my favorite YouTubers or TV Shows. Well, that is except taking that same pot of tea and playing some of my favorite video games. It helps me relax after a day in the booth or a day working on the business side of this industry. Even as I’m typing this, I’m deciding between my good Earl Gray or my favorite Maple Apple Cider herbal tea from Stash Tea. While I could sit and talk tea for way too many hours to be healthy, tea is not what today’s article is about.
Self-Care and Voice Over
We are lucky enough to live in a world where mental health has become a primary focus. Therapy is often easily accessible as are medications to aid in depression and anxiety. Plus, there are plenty of different things we can do for ourselves, too. Self-care is extremely important when it comes to dealing with stress, and voice over can be very stressful by nature. We have to keep up audition numbers, deal with rejection, meet deadlines, manage our own finances or hire people to do so, etc. It’s a lot to keep track of! There are so many different things that can count as self-care, we’d be silly not to take advantage of self-care as a coping mechanism.
The Importance of Self-Care and “After-Booth Rituals”
To my point, I believe one of the greatest bits of self-care that we can have as voice actors is having what I call “after-booth rituals”. It is so important to have things to look forward to doing after a day in the booth. It’s super great to wind down and relax after yelling into a microphone for hours. I’ve already talked about my personal favorites, but there are so many things you can do. Maybe you’re into a bubble bath and wine after a day’s work. Perhaps your favorite thing to look forward to is smothering your pet in love and kisses. No matter what it may be, we need to have things that recharge us for the next day in the booth. If not, we can all burn out very quickly in this industry.
Think of the Possibili-”teas”
Ok, that was the last one. I promise that the tea talk is done. I know this was a shorter blog than the others I have posted, but that’s probably ok. It’s all been just a long and fancy way to say “have fun with something after recording”. It’s extremely fulfilling to me to be able to share my thoughts and experiences with you. Until the next one, take care! I’ll talk to you again soon.