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How To Use Your Time Wisely Between Voice-over Gigs


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

May 17, 2012

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Female hand holding a miniature red alarm clockWhat do you do when the auditions stop rolling in and you're waiting for the next gig?

Voice-over artist, Herb Merriweather, suggests that there are a number of things you can do to productively pass the time, and perhaps, even have a little fun while you're at it.

Find out more in today's VOX Daily.

Between The Lines

By Herb Merriweather

Voice acting is a transient business. Very few of us get to work at a stable, 20-year relationship with a network or as a corporate brand and since most of voice over work is short term, we sometimes find ourselves 'between' jobs or projects. If you're at all like me there is a constant search for employment that is ongoing and you've cast a global net! But the fact is sometimes there is downtime--some needed, some unwanted.

So, what do we do while waiting for results from auditions and for projects to start? STAY BUSY! Mostly, stay connected to the industry.


Here are some suggestions (you KNEW they were coming) of things to do when you're NOT rockin' the mic, collected under 3 main headings: STOP, LOOK and LISTEN.


Stop worrying about that audition. In fact, stop worrying--period! It just doesn't help (and you could be missing another opportunity). Stay focused on your immediate goals, and proceed with confidence.


Look at what others are doing! Blogs and articles abound with enough information to help you navigate through the rough stuff. Voice over professionals like Terry Daniel, Anne Ganguzza, Julie Williams and Nancy Wolfson (to name just a few) offer lesson after lesson on business management, customer relations, how to honestly assess your talent, technical issues, etc. You almost need help to get confused!


...and not to yourself (Geez--you do enough of that already)! Listen closely to the work of others. As a matter of fact, sit there and take notes on what you hear. Describe and analyze what you're listening to so you can learn how to turn a phrase or make a noise. Don't be intimidated or threatened by what you hear; instead, learn from those artists who are working and posting their efforts; write down what's cool about what you heard and work that knowledge to your own advantage.

More Ideas

Several other suggestions that didn't quite fit into the 'stop, look and listen' heading but could possibly work just as well to make your 'downtime' not quite so 'down':

1. Dress in the uniform of your favorite sports team and sing "We Are The Champions" at 2:30am.
2. Wear thick, white socks over your shoes and slide down the halls of the nearest high school.
3. My personal fave--'Theater Of The Absurd'! A 3 Stooges, Our Gang, Laurel and Hardy, W.C. Fields movie marathon. Run 'em until you just can't laugh any more.

All of these things (well--some of 'em, anyway) should help you get through your 'between' time--which will get shorter and shorter and shorter!

God Bless--Happy Voicing!

Herb Merriweather


Related Topics: High School, how to, industry


    Herb's on the money... no thumb-twiddling here!

    Posted by:

      Charming piece. I wish I lived in Herb's VOtopia. When I'm not auditioning, I'm looking for other work. Today's reality doesn't leave time for idle analysis.

      Posted by:

        I get each of Herb's points and agree but I also totally agree with you Cal. The hunt for other work is always continuous in our business. In between gigs I search for other jobs, read up on industry blogs and most importantly, I practice my craft every day whether I have a job or not. Being idle is not an option if we want to be taken seriously in this industry.

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        • Alisa Beckwith-Ayilliath
        • December 30, 2012 1:57 PM

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