VAM 031 | Professional Booth Etiquette

VAM 031 | Professional Booth Etiquette

Welcome to episode 31 of the Voice Acting Mastery podcast with yours truly, Crispin Freeman!

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In this episode I continue the discussion I began last time about how to act professionally in a recording studio.

In the last episode of this podcast, I explained how to think and act like a professional when you go into a studio to record. I talked about how important it is to have the right mindset when approaching other people in the industry. This “professional” mindset is the foundation for how to behave in any voice acting situation. If you haven’t listened to the previous episode, I suggest you do so now before continuing with this one.

In this episode I want to walk you through a virtual recording session and give you some helpful “in-studio” tips. I’ll start with your arrival at the studio, continue on to what you should and should not do when you’re in the booth, and I’ll end with how to make a gracious exit. When combined with the professional mindset you learned in the previous episode, this advice will help you behave more like a seasoned veteran.

I hope you find it useful!

Download Voice Acting Mastery Episode #31 Here (MP3)


13 Responses to “VAM 031 | Professional Booth Etiquette”

  1. Angelican Marcos says:

    Thanks for the tip Mr. Freeman I’ll put that as a note when I have my own booth lol but thank you keep up the good work teach. 🙂

  2. Kalyn McCabe says:

    How many people are usually in the studio? Just the producer, director, and engineer? That would just be awkward to shake hands with like, 20 people.

    But very informative, very straight to the point. Love it!

    • Crispin Freeman says:

      Depends on the project. Usually it’s the director, the engineer and 1 or 2 producers. But I’ve had as many as 7 or 8 people in the studio if it’s a really big project. It never gets to 20.

  3. Meg says:

    Hi Crispin, thank you so much for giving the big steps about the booth etiquette 🙂 I agree the cotton(100%) is best thing to use of clothing and I understand that we should not wearing other fabrics (spandex/polyester,etc) and alot of jewelry that makes too much noise. Also, I always like to clean up my own trash and don’t like being slob just like my teacher’s rules. Thanks again and I’ll be looking forward for the next podcast 🙂

  4. Eric Rivera says:

    Very nice. It’s good to have guidelines. Thank you.

    Also, I finally start my Acting class on Tuesday, and my podcast is up and running. I’ve already got my books and can’t wait to get started.

  5. Okami Landa says:

    This episode was very informative and helpful, I always wondered how you guys behave in the recording booth.

    Thank you so much.

  6. Khadar Jama says:

    Hi Crispin,

    My name is Khadar and I’m a 16 year old from London who has finally broken into the industry ^_^ Your podcast has been extremely helpful and has taught me so much so for that I am truly thankful. I got my first job voicing in an audiobook and what you’ve taught has been really helpful and so again thanks.I plan to save up some money and gain more experience in England first before moving to the US and hopefully begin voicing in anime. That is unless FUNimation decide to make a branch here XD but anyways

    Here’s my question regarding this podcast’s topic. Is it considered professional if after someone (me in this case) finishes recording for the day and asks if there are any additional voices they need casting that I could voice to help things go faster and more efficiently or would that be deemed unprofessional and desperate.

    • Crispin Freeman says:

      Hi there Khadar. Thanks for your wonderful comment!

      It’s always nice to offer to help, especially if you’ve actually been hired by the producers and they enjoy your work. I think if you are inspired to offer to help with any other voices, then I would say follow that inspiration. Offer politely once, and if they say that they don’t need anything, then politely thank them and don’t offer again. Whether or not you are perceived as desperate has a lot to do with your own emotional energy and confidence. If you feel confident when you offer assistance, they will appreciate it. If you feel desperate when you offer assistance, they will feel that also.

      Congrats on your audiobook gig! I wish you the greatest success!

  7. Alexander D. says:

    What is your opinion on Machinima voice-overs?

    • Crispin Freeman says:

      In what context? Are you asking me what Machinima voice acting I admire? To be honest, I haven’t seen much of it so I’m not sure I have a wide basis for comparison.

  8. Mike Russell says:

    Love the tip about eating a Granny Smith apple to eliminate voice clicks. Very handy.

    Thanks Crispin!

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