By Lin Parkin
March 8, 2011
Working 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.
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.
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.
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 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:
à¹ Always Remember What Brought You Together
à¹ Respect That Each Of You Have A Different Role
à¹ Celebrate Each Other's Success
à¹ Agree On Priorities
à¹ Keep An Open Dialogue
à¹ Learn To Communicate Better
à¹ Delegate Time Together Each Day and Put Work Aside
à¹ Delegate Some Time For Yourself
Do you and your spouse work together? How do you make it work?
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