My voiceover journey started 207 days ago
It was my fourth one-week sabbatical this year. In a sabbatical I’m usually slowing things down, reducing or completely avoiding social media time and spend time on projects I also care about. This week was dedicated to working on my book #soycubano. Bad news is, I never actually worked on it this week :(
In addition to that, I spent the week at my brother’s house in the North of Berlin where I took care of a little zoo (dog, cat, 7 ducks) - a bit like the „Town Musicians of Bremen“ (Bremer Stadtmusikanten), I was probably the donkey ;)
Here’s my hands-on review as a worker and a CEO of stolenvoice.
- Recap last week: how did it go with the thing you said you’d have completed by this meeting?
- What are you struggling with right now?
- What are you working on?
- What voiceover weaknesses have I discovered this week?
- What will you have done by the next time „we talk“?
What I said I would complete but didn’t
- Script 2/7 but I’m on the finish line
What I didn’t mention I would complete but did complete
- Landing page analysis for Indie maker Jordan Aspen - it’s part of my strategy to provide value to Indie makers to enter their radar and become qualified to promote them through my voiceover afterwards - you can read the full analysis on naii.io (naii.io is my „tree brand“, stolenvoice is a branch of naii.io)
- I struggled to start working on the #soycubano book. One reason was that I left the notebooks of my Cuba time in my apartment where I’m normally staying. Also, during the week, every day, I made it a task but I never got it done. Instead I prioritized to work on script 2 (which is fine), some financial and organizational stuff that came up (related to tax and apartment) as well as the landing page analysis as mentioned above and the personal mini project #whenweakwatchthis in which I capture a current mood and applied my acting skills to it - I shared it on Instagram
- Another challenge will be to work on #voiceoversdream since my programmer told me that he won’t be able to help me - I’m on my own on this
With the sabbatical week and no daily #stolenvoiceIGTV show I had more time to reflect. So, I defined 3 top things to do in August:
Work on commercial demo reel (no-brainer)
Work on #soycubano book - have the complete rough draft done before my time in Madagascar starts (September 4th)
Work on #voiceoversdream app
Unofficial no. 4 is getting the wedding video done for my brother’s wedding
I defined two other projects as something to work on after the top 3 were at a stage that would allow working on another project:
Work on #studiolist
Work on #nomadseries
I’ll also be working on:
- stolenvoice client work questionnaire
- organizing the video and photo material of my brother’s wedding to enter the editing phase after
New weaknesses I discovered this week
New discovery of a weaknesses/challenges:
- Embracing my foreign accent but not sounding stilted - a challenging contradiction for me
- Sometimes not being able to reproduce particular way or style of delivery. So, I want to be able to consistently reproduce a style of delivery
- impatience while performing - tendency is to be too fast - "let's get it over with quickly"
- I tend to get stiff when things take too much - so I disrelax
- Speaking well-pronounced while speaking natural
- I don't know how to speak anymoe - it seems I never knew how to speak, read out loud in the first place
- „You’re not embracing your own accent" - Penny Rawlins
- I think you have a bright and friendly natural quality to your voice, you just don't know quite how to use it just yet:) - Tanya rich
Here are the weakness I discovered before:
- Sounding conversational while not sounding like I'm reading and still sounding energetic
- Forgetting to imagine who I’m to and what scenario I’m in
- „Bouncing voice“ (German: knallen) when starting a new sentence, I want to smoothen the start of a sentence more
- My non-native accent when speaking English (it doesn’t sound super German but it’s clear that I’m neither a native US nor a native British speaker
- Sounding less robotic when speaking
- Clear diction of words (no mumbling)
- Speak clear while speaking fast
- Sound like a native US-American speaker
- Sound like a native British speaker
- Sound like an English speaker with a German accent
Done next time
Although initially I only wanted to talk about voiceover stuff in this documentation, I’ll expand to things I’m things I’m also working on. Otherwise it could look as if I didn’t do anything at all.
This will be done next time „we talk“:
- script 2/7
- soycubano day 1
- stolenvoice client work questionnaire
CEO (Hank Kock, or short Hank)
Alexander defined 10 things to do for this week. He completed 6 and failed to complete 4. Compared to the weeks before this is a pretty good performance - also considering that he was in his sabbatical and that he had to take care of 9 animals.
I want to add that in this list of 10 things Alexander mentioned his day job and enjoying the sabbatical. These are things he did but they were also no-brainers. They shouldn’t be part of the todo list but I understand that he took the liberty to add them as todo items - to have some easier items to get done.
In the sabbatical, I also talked with Alexander and we both agreed on slowing down our business efforts in order to be less stressed. I'll keep working as a CEO of stolenvoice and Alexander will still be my worker but I’ll be less rigid about him in terms of business goals and such stuff. Turtle 🐢 mode so to say. Coming from a place of calm I believe Alexander and I will be accomplish more.
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