Time management in voiceover in many ways should be no different from any other industry really. However, in this article we will look at the working patterns of a voice actor and how time management displays itself. Imagine a workspace where the nine-to-five grind doesn't dictate your schedule. A space where the traditional workplace setting is replaced by the cozy ambiance of your home. Indeed, an increasing number of industries today are embracing the work-from-home culture. Yet, whether you're restocking grocery shelves, manning hospital reception desks, or crafting the perfect latte at Starbucks, the one thing these jobs don't typically offer is the luxury of working from home. The pandemic did catalyze a shift towards remote work in many sectors, but working from home was already a well-established norm in some, including the voiceover industry. The question then arises: Does time management matter in such an industry? Let's delve deeper to find out.
In any profession, efficient time management forms the backbone of productivity. Without structure, productivity dwindles and dedication falters. Consider a voiceover artist engaged in marketing activities for an hour, instead of working on an exciting AAA video game project. The temptation to procrastinate is real. The video game is of course attractive, whilst the marketing is not. But with disciplined time management, even tasks that initially seem unappealing can turn enjoyable and productive. Shedding structure from your workflow can invite counterproductive work ethics and hinder growth. Therefore, establishing specific timelines for challenging tasks and adhering to them is the essence of good timekeeping.
Addressing the issue of intentional task management, it's crucial to comprehend the entire workday. How do you balance work and play? Interestingly, good time management extends beyond continual work—it's about knowing when to pause and recharge. Adopting a haphazard routine, like casually waking up at 11 am and frequently getting distracted throughout the day, won't foster a productive and growth-driven work environment. The solution? Adopt a consistent work schedule, including start and end times, breaks, weekends, and vacations. Maintain strict working hours, whether that's 8 am to 6 pm or 10 am to 4 pm, and stick to them.
The crux of the matter is this: intentionality. It's common knowledge that the entertainment industry can be unpredictably fluid. Serving a global client base might require you to adjust to unconventional working hours. However, such flexibility is acceptable as long as it is intentional. Proper planning is crucial—say, if you have a call scheduled for 8 pm, consider beginning your workday a bit later than usual. Treat yourself kindly but deliberately. Avoid tardiness, whether it pertains to your work hours, marketing sessions, calls, breaks, or even relaxation time. In essence, good timekeeping cultivates structure, and structure fosters growth and a harmonious work-life balance.
Time Management in Voiceover by Alan Shires