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Get the most out of your VO booth!

Do you know how to rock your booth? Like, use the whole space when you're voice acting? You should. Let's talk about it.

Get the most out of your VO booth! - 4:40

Hey guys, it's Gabby. Welcome to another edition of The Gift of Gab. Today, I want to talk about commanding the space inside of your recording studio and really owning all the room you have in your booth. Stick around; we're going to talk about it.

Have you ever been to a concert and just danced your way through the entire thing, like just lost it at a live show? I go to a lot of them, especially in the summertime—summer concerts, that's kind of my jam. It struck me when I was at a recent show that there's thousands and thousands of people, right? And we're all in our little area. We're all in our seats, or, God help me, if you're, you know, in gen pop and doing like the pit or something. Bless you if that's the case. And my younger years, yes, absolutely. Now, no. I enjoy my seating. Regardless of where you are in the venue, you occupy and own your little tiny slice of that theater or arena in that moment as a fan, right? Especially if you're really into it. Like I said, you're dancing, you're singing, you're cheering. You're right there with everyone else in doing so.

And I realized something: the space we occupy at these shows is like this big. It's so little. I sort of always give people the imaginary image of like a three-foot box around them. You don't even have that at most concerts. You're relegated to a very, very tiny space. And yet, man, do we own that space comparatively? Think about your booth. Your booth is probably luxurious compared to the size and the space that you have at a typical concert. So equate that for a minute. Think about that for a second and use that as an opportunity to really go, 'How much room do I actually have? Can I get my arms completely over my head? Can I bring them out to my side? Can I bring them behind me at all? My hips, my feet, my body itself. How much room do I have, and am I using all of it? Am I taking possession of all of it?'

You should be doing the exact same thing on mic. Now, if you're new to voiceover, the biggest drawback is that you're worried, right? You're concerned. 'Oh my God, what if I hit the microphone?' It's fine. See, nothing happened. Look at that. Look at that. Look at that. That one made the camera jiggle. It's not the end of the world. Bumping or tapping your microphone, your mic stand, nothing's going to go down. It's fine. It's just going to create a little bit of an oddity or a spike in the audio. Is it the end of the world? Absolutely not. You just do another clean take.

But taking that opportunity to really see how much space you have and maybe even occasionally, accidentally bumping the microphone is perfectly fine because it's going to empower you and enable you to possess more of that space inside of your booth and to be freer with your movements and your gestures and to better act out your performances. Okay, because that's the critical mass right there. We do not survive in this industry by acting from here to here. And no, I'm not voguing right now. Right? This is just... This is not it. It's everything. It's all of you. So get your whole body involved. Take possession of that space in your booth. And you know what? If you can manage a concert without, like, elbowing the person next to you in the ribs or, you know, in the face for that matter, what are you worried about? Everything's going to be fine. You've got tons of room. Take advantage of it. Rock out in the booth. That's what it's all about. Thanks for watching.

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