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Back to School: Getting into the Routine

By Lin Parkin

August 30, 2013

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Back to School.jpgThe Labour Day long weekend marks the end of summer and return of the school season.

For my family, it closes one chapter and opens a new one. Next week I will see my 4 year old son off to school for the very first time.

He is officially growing up.Yet, his backpack looks so big on his tiny frame. Is he really ready for this? Am I? I have mixed feelings about this whole thing.

For many of you though this weekend marks the end of chaos and the start of having your house and recording studio back to normal. A quiet house is a beautiful thing to the home based voice-over artist.

Working from a home based studio offers many benefits for family life. You can get your work done during the timeframe that the kids are in school. You're home when they get home; you can be more present and involved in their lives and account for their whereabouts as a result.

During the summer months though it likely comes with its own set of trials, especially since operating a home based recording studio means that you need quite in the background.

One of the funniest commercials I have ever seen about the back to school season was put out by Staples Canada in 1996. The song, voice-over, and live actor go brilliantly together. Can you relate to the fathers enthusiasm? Watch the clip below.

Do you have children entering or returning to school this year?

Leading up to the back-to-school season means an influx of commercial voice-over work, particularly for radio and television ads. How do you manage your work/life balance in the summertime?

Do you work less when the kids are home? Do you change around the hours that you work? Or is it just business as usual?

Enjoy the long weekend! And the renewed peace and quiet.

All the best,
Lin

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Related Topics: ads, Back to school, child, home based studio, Labour Day, radio, school routine, Staples, television, voice-over, YouTube


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    I've had an at-home voice-over business for eight years, ever since my first child was just born. Both my kids have grown up with me saying "I'm going to record now", which means be quiet until I say I'm done recording. Of course, it's not as simple as that, since it's hard to remember to be quiet when you are a child left unsupervised for any length of time. I've certainly been known to yell, "QUIET PLEASE!", time and time again. I'm indeed very lucky to have two very well behaved children who rarely, if ever, create any kind of mischief. They just go about their business, at now 5 and 8 years old, play quietly in their room or watch a show when I require it. I was astonished this week when I spent a great deal of time on a longer narration and they managed to behave really well!!
    Juggling my business and my children is a daily pursuit, from when we arise to bedtime. And so, although it's "business as usual" for me, summer brings its more intensely challenging moments. I can't say I'm calm, cool, and collected on a regular basis. It's a daily practice. Studying Yoga has helped tremendously!
    Some tricks of juggling include setting the kids up with their breakfast, lunch, or snack, in front of the TV in the kitchen (yes), which allows me a good 1/2 hour of silence. Also, movies, video games (yes, again), and occasional threatening helps. I balance this out with plenty of outings, quality time daily, and being the parent available for field trips and reading at school, among other things.
    Rarely a day goes by that I don't feel deep gratitude for the flexibility of my business and the technology that allows me to work around the world from a closet!

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    • August 31, 2013 9:02 AM

      Hi Natasha,

      Thanks for sharing your story. I'm certain many voice-over artists can relate to your experience with the kids and the incredible feeling of freedom that accompanies being able to work from home.

      All the best to you and your family!

      Lin

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