The Challenges — And Joys — of Working From Home, Part2

Edie Tusor is a colleague of mine; an extremely talented lady, and someone I’m definitely honored to call my friend.

Where my niche is telephony voicing, Edie excels at a wide variety of voice-over genres (including telephony), but the domain of E-Learning modules (seamlessly narrated courses people take online for degrees, training, certification or accreditation) is definitely her area of expertise — and it’s easy to see why. Edie has a wonderfully calm tone, perfect for facilitating a safe, relaxed learning environment, and hers is a timbre that is professional and affable all at the same time — we in the V/o biz all strive for that perfect mix of capable/friendly, and Edie — like all good pros — makes it look easy.

When I was delving into this set of articles about recording from home, I knew Edie would provide some refreshing insight — she was one of the first people I ever heard of having a home setup to record, and (even though she’s barely in her early 20’s*) Edie is a pioneer of home recording. No matter where she’s lived, she has managed to create a state-of-the-art studio in which to work which is as separate as possible from the main living areas — not only for acoustical reasons, but also to create a healthy, dedicated space separation from home and work.

She definitely commiserated with my ordeal of the furnace-cleaning truck in my last entry: she regaled me with tales of her neighbor getting a new roof and how this impacted her recording career. “Do you have any idea how many NAILS are pounded into a single roof?” she asked, when I interviewed her for this article.

“The hammering went on for several days, during which we recorded most of our projects in the evening. But one day, we had a phone patch booked right in the middle of the day — so I baked a batch of muffins and asked the roofing crew if they could schedule their coffee break to coincide with our session. They were happy to oblige!” She’s a fierce cook. These were no ordinary muffins, I can promise you.

Edie also touched on another aspect of home recording which other voice talent I’ve talked to have mentioned as problematic — and this can plague anyone who works alone: a feeling of isolation. Aside from e-mail and sporadic telephone contact, recording from home can be lighthouse-keeper solitary. Which — at first — may sound appealing, but can take a toll after awhile. Edie further elaborates: “I have a friend who could easily work from home but has chosen not to do so, specifically because he is not a very social person. At first, I thought this was odd, as working alone seemed a perfect fit for someone like him. As it turns out, he was worried that if he wasn’t *forced* to interact with people every day, he might literally never see anyone at all”. 

When one records from home, you also have only yourself to judge the quality of takes; it takes an objective ear to self-edit, to motivate oneself without external prodding, tuning out distractions, and to be the lone performer; the sole producer of the work. No water-cooler gossip, no lunch with co-workers; but on the positive side, no boss reprimands, and our staff meetings are pleasantly short and refreshingly to-the-point.

Edie and I both agree: the advantages to recording from home are incalculable and are a constant source of joy for us: no morning commute, massive control over our own schedules (and rates!), the ability of take care of household tasks in-between recording, and the freedom to come and go as we please.

Check out Edie’s website at www.etvoiceworks.com to see her incredible list of clients, and to access her demos, which showcase a huge versatility.

Next blog, I’ll update the category of “Weirdest Jobs I’ve Been Asked to Voice” — when I wrote about odd contracts I’ve had at the start of this blog last Fall, I thought that article was a one-off — luckily I have a steady influx of strange and wonderful projects I’ve voiced which never fail to shock and amaze me.

Thanks for reading!

(*Happy Birthday, E!)

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1 Comment »

  1. very nice info, very useful for me ..
    thanks for sharing
    home recording


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