Do Voice Actors Ever Take Holidays / Vacations?

I’m going on holiday! That’s right. Time off. To relax. And not work. Not one bit.

“Got your travel mic and portable booth packed up Nic?

No.

“Just in case a little job comes in, from a regular client?

Nope.

“You wouldn’t want them to find someone else while you’re away, and not come back to you after your holiday, would you?

Stop it…

“You might have a quick re-do to record urgently on a job that was finished a month ago, what if they need you?

Don’t do this…

“What if you get a call from (*insert super big production house you’ve been trying to get on the books with for a year here) and they need you ASAP, but your supping a sangria on a catamaran in the Canaries

Stop it! And breathe. (Good use of alliteration by the way… Thanks, what’s that?”  Google it you moron.)

Look, I am not bringing recording things on holiday. I am having an actual holiday. Because it isn’t illegal, and the entire industry will be here on my return. It will.

“But what if…”

NO! There may be a teeny risk of missing a once in a life time opportunity. But, if they want me bad enough, they can wait a few days. That’s right. They. Can. Wait. *snaps fingers. Oh god, famous last words?

I love being a voice over artist and the self-employment that comes with it. It’s flexible, varied and socially acceptable outdoor clothing is optional. But the lack of holiday pay and chance you might miss jobs makes taking real holidays hard. I travel lots for comedy gigs, and I have a portable set up which means I can still record on the road. But once in a while, a bloooo moooon, let’s say, I think it’s important to have a real holiday, with no professional contact. To unwind, refresh and have time to think, make new plans, heck maybe get your vim ’n’ vigour back. So…

Pre Departure ‘please don’t think I’ve quit and find a new voice’ tips

By Nic ‘I’ll be back sooner that you can say “shall we just get another Irish voice”…’ Redman

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  • Warn regular clients so they can get jobs over sooner, or organise cover (glup) in case of an emergency. In fact, I provide holiday cover too so I know it works.
  • Cue social media posts up via Buffer/HotSuite etc to get posted on your behalf so you still have a presence online (God, ‘presence’? What have I become…oh yeah, a business owner.)
  • Compose an Out of Office email alert, so folk know you’re not just ignoring them.

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Done! That’s me, off for cocktails in the sun and greasy suncream hands. Actually if you think about it, holding a mic would be a health and safety risk what with all that lubrication from the SPF50 anyway. So, there you have it. For my own health AND safety. I shall be leaving the mic at home.

Sionara. Arrivederchi. Au Resevoir.

*Dons sombrero, grabs hip flask, trots to airport…

“NIC! PIXAR ARE ON THE PHONE, THEY NEED YOU FOR NEMO 3 ”NEMO SWIMS TO IRELAN… Hello, can I take a message?

Yeah, in my dreams. See you on the flip side folks.

Nicola Redman

Nicola is a Northern Irish voice over artist and voice actor based in the UK. She works from both her home studio and studios across London on commercial, corporate and character voicing. When not talking to herself like a mad eejit, she performs solo and sketch comedy across the UK and enjoys writing, cookery and all things voice.

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  • Nicola Redman

    Well I lost a few jobs the night before I left but the VO gods rewarded me as I had a nice big project waiting for me upon my return. So happy days. And the holiday was bloody lovely. Thanks for reading and commenting.
    Nic

  • J. Christopher Dunn

    Nicola, I’ve done this. I unplugged (blogged about it, too) so I could go on a cruise with my family. I alerted my clients well in advance and reminded each of them as gigs came in. The work and the world were both there when I came back.

    Enjoy your time!