My voiceover journey started 217 days ago
It’s the week after the sabbatical and it was a bit rocky in terms of productivity.
- 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“?
- soycubano day 1 - since I couldn’t think of something more that happanend on day 1 I consider day 1 to be complete
- stolenvoice client work questionnaire - check it here
What I said I would complete but didn’t
- script 2/7 - though I made the best take so far according to my voiceover peer giving me continuous feedback on my performance
What I didn’t mention I would complete but did complete
- made a new structure (an Excel sheet) for my financial input and output
- showed up every day for my day job in the finance sector and produced + published my daily #stolenvoiceIGTV episodes - showing up every day is crucial for my self-motivation and momentum, and it’s just fun to be there every day on people’s screens (the few who follow my journey ^^)
- Bought 2 new external hard drives (2 TB, my favorites rugged HDDS from Lacie) - for my research trip - just in case - and to outsource my work files from my MacBook Pro’s 500 GB HDD of which are only 20 GB left; because I’ve been dealing with video more and more lately hard drive space has been shrinking immensely
In my personal life, I prepared myself more for my research trip to Madagascar on September 4 (for 4 weeks) by getting my first vaccinations (rabies, hepatitis a+b) and some others will follow (like tetanus and typhus). I got new trekking boots for a good price (70 €) and made a list of what’s missing (like an impregnated mosquito net, malaria prophylaxe medication, a dry-fast towel, and a travel book about Madagascar for the relaxing hours while there and a little pre-planning). I’ll probably also check the WikiTravel page of Madagascar, ok I read a bit about it already, I admit ;)
- I was not yet able review the recorded video material of my brother’s and his wife’s wedding. It’s not directly voiceover-related but it’s going to take quite a good amount of time and I want to get it done before going to Madagascar
- Social interactions (offline and online) have been my biggest distractions. It’s sometimes hard for me to not be social but I know I can do it.
- Messed up morning routine - slept with no alarm set as an experiment but it actually makes me sleep 8, 9 sometimes 10 hours - not good for productivity, I know when in a working rhythm 6,5 to 7 hours of sleep have been doing it for me in the past
- Also bureaucratic/financial stuff kept me busy in my mind so I had to give in and do it, otherwise it wouldn’t have left me in peace
- Caught up on day job working hours which meant more working hours for the day job and less time for the more awesome stuff
- Keeping my impulsiveness is another big challenge that keeps coming back
- Discipline is still a thing I want to improve
- script 2
- Got into a workout routine (it’s super recent that I started it) but I can feel how I’m enjoying it - the sabbatical week before was without scheduled sports
New weaknesses I discovered this week
New discovery of a weaknesses/challenges:
- My struggle: when conversational I’m losing energy and sounding too flat/boring
Here are the weakness I discovered before:
- 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 anymore - 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
- 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
I want to be verbose this time by mentioning everything that’s going on in my business life and what will be done the next time „we talk“:
- script 2/7
- soycubano day 2, 3, 4, 5
- landing page analysis for John
- module 1 + 2 of this case-study-writing course (case studies are an effective tool to attract the attention of new clients)
- daily duties (day job, stolenvoiceIGTV)
- financial stuff (income tax return)
- errands, more vaccinations and stuff for Madagascar trip
- review the recorded video material of my brother’s and his wife’s wedding
CEO (Hank Kock, or short Hank)
Alexander defined 7 todo items this week, accomplished 4 of them and, worked on 2 (not complete yet) and failed at doing 1.
In general, he’s been continuing his „mule mode“ which means to just keep going without being impressed by the outside world, „doing his thing“.
Getting back into a working routine is the most important thing for him now. He’s been slacking off which I don’t like but I appreciate him addressing this issue and taking action. That’s why he defined 3 productivity hacks that he had also shared on episode of 41 of stolenvoiceIGTV.
The 3 tips are:
- Get up early with an alarm - I shared my ideal day on Twitter
- Do the MIT first (MIT = most important thing - of the day)
- Schedule everything - also social time so you’re in charge and acting instead of reacting. This also takes control of impulsiveness that I’m usually having
All 3 hacks require self-discipline. Discipline is important because it expresses how much you value (respect) yourself and ultimately shows how much you love yourself.
That’s a good move and it’s great that Alexander did that. It was only Friday that he applied his new ideal day but it’s fine. I want to pursue this day next week every (Monday to Friday).
I’m also pleased about his persistence and progress with the script 2 of the commercial demo reel. It’s not yet done but his last take was the best so far.
It’s only 3 more weeks until his time on Madagascar, so this is his final spurt. Since I’ve known Alexander for some years I know racing to the finish line (when the line is in sight) is one of his favorite things to do.
Overall I’m pleased with his performance. Despite the sometimes hard days he’s continuing his journey, his relentlessness is admirable - he always keeps going. And he also knows that this is important; Tanya Rich confirmed that by saying „I am a very disciplined person, it is the only way to be! You have to be tough and single minded in this business.“
Over and out. That was another week of the voiceover journey of Alexander and his stolenvoice.
Links I mentioned in the video
- My book naii.io/#soycubano
- My client work questionnaire stolenvoice.com/contact
- My daily night show on IGTV instagram.com/explore/tags/stolenvoiceIGTV
- The newest landing page analysis (LPA) for John T. Valles II (Toonstop) naii.io/lpa/01-john
- The stolenvoiceIGTV episode 41 about „3 Easy Productivity Hacks“ stolenvoice.com/igtv/41
- My Instagram account instagram.com/naii.io
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