The Compassionate Voice
Voiceovers at Home but Not Alone
by Leesha on April 18th, 2018

Many voiceover actors enjoy the convenience of working from the privacy of his or her home studio.  No long commute just the trip from bed to the booth can be the weekly routine. Still, if you’re working at home alone, there can be unforeseen drawbacks.  In the event of an emergency or crisis, the voice talent who is unable to reach out to someone near may be faced with serious or even life-threatening challenges. Here are some steps to meeting the challenges of being home alone as a voice talent.  

Tackle Isolation and Loneliness

“Human beings are inherently social creatures,” says Christopher Bergland in his article, “Loneliness: Perceived Social Isolation Is Public Enemy No. 1. “Research continues to grow that each of us must maintain social connectivity… .”

Make time to interact with others during the week to help maintain the connection to the outside world.  Bergland further notes, “… research shows that we need face-to-face contact and intimate human connections to engage biological systems that have evolved for millennia to preserve our mental and physical well-being.”  

You don’t have to leave home to reach out to others.  In “7 Ways to Overcome Social Isolation When You Work From Home,” Ali Wenzke says, “Even a quick phone call with a friend can lift your spirits.”

Get an Accountability Buddy

If you live alone consider partnering with another voice talent or at home worker and commit to a daily check-in.  This is a way of letting someone know you’re okay.  If an emergency occurred and you could not contact help, your daily check-in could save your life.

Last March, a voice talent that I have admired for many years suffered a stroke in his home studio.  Had it not been for his neighbors noticing the talent’s “SOS” taps for help, he may have lost his life.  “Always get to know your neighbors,” says Sarah Brown, a security expert at Safewise. “The more people invested in your lives, the more likely they are to report an incident they see, to call the police if you need help, to watch your house while you are on vacation, or even to let you back into your home if you ever get locked out.”

Take the edge off Emergencies 

Life happens no matter what so work to lessen some of the negative side effects.  Let your family or a trusted neighbor know where to find your lists of medications, allergies, and personal information.  If you cannot speak, others will need to know this information.  You may want to keep such information in your wallet or purse.

If you have a specific condition, wear a medical ID bracelet. OneCallAlert notes in 10 Safety Tips for Seniors Living Alone indicates, “This information can be invaluable to emergency medical personnel when they come to your home, especially if you’re unconscious or unable to communicate.”  

Lastly, even if you are usually surrounded by others, consider sharing with trusted individuals your insurance, bank accounts, and medical directives.  If you must be hospitalized, your bills will still need to be paid.  If you need extended care, others will need to know about any Long-Term Care or Disability Insurance policies.  Let others know about your medical directive.  The only way your wishes can be honored is that they are known by others.  

This is just a short list of possible things you can do to be better prepared for a lifestyle as a voice talent working from home. Taking some precautions now can give you peace of mind as you voice your best all day long.

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