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Living and Working Together: How Do You Make It Work?

By Lin Parkin

March 8, 2011

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Smiling couple in business attire, African descentWorking from home is one thing but what about working from home... with your spouse?

Finding a balance in your home life and in your work is crucial for everyone, particularly those whose offices are a flight of stairs away or mere steps from the breakfast table.

If you're working with your spouse, whether from home or in an office setting, we'd love to hear from you!

Share your story in today's VOX Daily.

It Takes Two

As you probably know, Voices.com is owned and operated by husband and wife team David and Stephanie Ciccarelli. Along with three other couples, David and Stephanie were recently featured in The Globe and Mail for a special Valentine's Day article about couples who leap into business together.

We know that there are a number of husband and wife teams in the voice over community as well and we wanted you to weigh-in on the topic.

Do You Work With Your Spouse?

There are a number of ways that voice talent work with their spouses. Here are some husband and wife collaborations that seem to work well for many in the voice over industry.

Voice Over Team

There are quite a few spouses working together as a voice over team. These teams often land work in commercial voice overs where a man and a woman are needed to act as husband and wife. This formula often works well for the producer as coordinating with the talent is easier and they already have an emotional bond to draw upon so it improves the resulting performance.

Manager

Managers wear many hats but, ultimately, they are responsible for developing and growing a voice talent's career. This works well for many husband and wife teams as who else will look after your best interests better than your spouse? Managers are often the liaison between client and talent and take care of all support roles such as booking, scheduling, developing marketing plans, advertising and public relations.

Talent Booker

Bookers line up auditions and manage talent schedules. So if you're the type who always ends up double booking yourself and your spouse has excellent organizational skills and is a whiz at finding opportunities this can work out really well. Instead of a talent agent taking commissions from your work, all your earnings stay in the family.

Bookkeeper

Every type of business needs to have someone staying on top of finances. For creative people this role can be a real drag. Most lack the proficiency needed to look after this aspect of business and just fly by the seat of their pants when it comes to finances. But it's critical that someone does a good job managing things like taxes, budgets, expenditures, savings, etc. If you happen to be married to an accountant, so much the better!

Business Consultant

Business consultants help maximize profits and successes. They help direct business decisions and find the best ways to invest your hard earned money. This might include such things as marketing, upgrading studio equipment or perhaps opening your own recording studio. Business consultants can help you figure out how to make things happen. Most of us already consult with our spouses on major decisions, and for many this grows into a working relationship.

How To Keep The Peace

If you plan on working together you both must, first of all, genuinely enjoy each other's company. You will spend day-in and day-out together and work WILL follow you home.

Working together can be fun and gratifying. Here are a few closing thoughts:

๏ Always Remember What Brought You Together
๏ Respect That Each Of You Have A Different Role
๏ Celebrate Each Other's Success
๏ Agree On Priorities
๏ Keep An Open Dialogue
๏ Learn To Communicate Better
๏ Delegate Time Together Each Day and Put Work Aside
๏ Delegate Some Time For Yourself

Do you and your spouse work together? How do you make it work?

Comment below!

Lin

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Comments


    Wow, did this VoxDaily make us think! My wife and I have been together now for more than 40 years (cue music). We have run businesses together, and worked for separate organisations. But - apart from our children! - nothing's been quite so challenging as this narration business, where an audition, or an edit, may arrive at breakfast or bedtime (we are in UK) and all else goes on pause.
    So far, I'm the one that does the talking, but my wife has the 'FoxP2 creativity gene' too, not to mention a great Brit voice, and I would love to encourage her up to the mike, though that may take time. Davrille comes up with smart business ideas as well, and your article is a reminder to share and stay good friends.

    Posted by:

      Hi Howard,

      Thank you for commenting and for sharing your experiences with us. Congrats on the 40 year marriage milestone! :)

      Lin

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        We both work at the same radio stations. I am on-air she is in sales. I stay in the studios and she stays on the street. I do my voice work in the morning when she is at work. We do see each other in the afternoons. It works out great and she has been able to get my business cards out to promote my voice work. I have landed voice work as a result. The only problem is when she wants to use my home studio/office to get on facebook.

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        • Rex Howard
        • March 8, 2011 10:35 PM

          My wife joined the industry at my suggestion, because she's English/Spanish bilingual, and teaches a 2nd grade bilingual classroom.

          She is in a unique position in the industry not only to be able to work with me, but also in the even smaller fraternity of bilingual talent!

          So when we're not billing ourselves as "the couple next door," she's knocking out Spanish automotive ads and narrations.

          We help each other with engineering, invoicing, and all the business periphery. It truly is a win-win-win-win!

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            My husband and I met doing voices for a production house in 1982. We still remember our first spot for a "fern bar" (young people--ask your parents about these) in Mississippi. I played a cheerleader, he played a guy in a chicken suit. Although our paths have diverged over the years, with me a full time voiceover artist and he a producer/director for a PBS affiliate, we still occasionally get to voice spots together. It's still just as much fun as it ever was!

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              This topic really resonates with me. My husband and I have been running and sharing our own small business as Opticians for 37 years.
              It all works because during the day business is business and our patients each get our full attention. We share the same personal integrity, so we agree on all of the important things. Do we disagree sometimes, absolutely, but because we have a solid base, we can work it out.

              At home, my voice over business is all mine, and I can "escape" into my recording room and do my work..........alone. He on the other hand likes to be outdoors, so does just that. If I had to choice one ingredient that makes all this work, it would be respect. We don't always agree ( and trust me our relationship is not perfect ) but we respect each others right to disagree and have a little personal space.

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