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Got Hats?

In voice acting, the ability to focus is a skill worth cultivating.

We all wear many hats, in both our personal and our business lives. Sometimes I'm a musician, gardener, volunteer, voice or stage actor. In addition to my everyday roles of Mom, wife, sister and friend.

A smiling lady wear a black hat with a brim and a bright pink neck bow.

So many hats to be worn.

As a small business owner, on any given day, I am an accountant, engineer, producer, tech-guru, marketer, author, content creator and/or manager of social-media-interaction.

As a voice actor, I can play a banker, pharmacist, museum docent or store owner. I have to be able to transition from audition to audition. Which, depending on the day, could be changing every twenty minutes or so. Depends on how many auditions I have in a given day and how 'spot-on' I am with my auditioning and editing.

Be prepared.

The point is, I have to be prepared for whatever comes my way. Each time I open up an email from one of my agents, or log onto a casting site, I get to be someone else. I don't have to voice all of my auditions at once or even as they come in, but I know that at sometime during the day, I will be wearing different 'character' hats.

One hat at a time.

Changing who I am throughout the day can be fun! But it can also be tiring and a little unsettling at times. I find that the more focused I can be with whatever I'm currently involved in really seems to help.

And I notice that I get more done. Rather than skimming through with everything on my mind, almost like taking little bits of brain-power to fuel each little piece, I try to fully dive-in to what I'm working on at the time.

I can't say that I'm successful at this each and every day, but I do know that wearing one hat at a time sure beats piling them all on at once!

Debra Elaine is a California-based Voice Actor and Medical Narrator delivering professional voice over from her home studio via ipDTL & Source Connect. Learn more >>


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