Where to start??? How about right now! I've come downstairs and outside to my office to do some 'work' and right at this second I'm procrastinating a little, waiting for a couple more scripts to come through before I jump in the booth.
I guess this presents the question - what is it I do?
Well, I'm a voice over artist.
What the fuck is that? - I hear you ask.
In a nutshell (help I'm in a nutshell) scripts are emailed to me and I jump in a sound proof booth with a lovely Rode microphone that's hooked up to my computer and I read and record the scripts, edit them and then, through the wonders of the internet, I send them back to whoever needs the recordings.
What kind of a job is that?
A fucking great one! The best in fact! The kind of job that I absolutely love doing! Most people know that I'm quite an accomplished talker! Practice makes perfect... and hell, I've had a lot of practice (mostly to the annoyance of those around me - especially after the first couple of beers). There a certain element of creativity to it and it's very flexible! Means I can head down to the gym to work off my spare tyres and chins at least once a day... I can also take a drive up to Coffs and do a spot of shopping whenever I want. If I've got mates staying with me, I can work my work around whatever is we are doing - beach, lunch whatever! Awesome!
Having said that... It's also a job that requires determination, persistence and dedication. You have to grow a tough skin and keep knock, knock, knocking on doors until they open. Luckily, I love a challenge... plus my Dad is a workaholic so I was passed on some of the necessary skills through the gene pool.
How did you get into that?
Well... It all started with a job in radio. But that will have to wait for a future blog as it was one of the best and worst times of my life!