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Learning the hard way...

Ah guys. Guys, guys, guys...

So, you know when you're self employed and you are on your computer all the time working from home?

And the machine is like your third arm and your contact with everyone in your professional life?

Basically, this machine holds the key to everything you require in day to day business and contains what really amounts to your life's work?

And you know when you spill a whole glass of water over said machine and the world seems to slow down as it buzzes, beeps and turns itself off and you lurch across the room for a towel or a miracle or a time machine, as you see a mornings recording and writing quite literally fizzle away from you?

That.

If ever there was an appropriate moment for a #epicfail it was this.

Luckily the internet is there to provide you with lots of home remedies to rectify it; put it in rice in a bag in the hot press in the oven in a towel next to a chap named Steve playing the ukulele whilst singing the hit 70s classic 'All By My Self' originally by Eric Carmen but probably more famous in my generation as a Celine Dion hit! 

"But Nic, all is not lost. Sure you may have to pay for a repair or a new machine, but your data was backed up wasn't it. WASN'T IT?!" Ah Bob, of course it wasn't. That was my first job for Jan 2014 wasn't it. I was too busy building contacts and tweeting and blogging to prioritise making a copy of everything I've ever done. Every file I've recorded. Every demo I've made. Ever photo I've taken. Every piece I've written. Every canapé recipe I've collated. Oh god, I think I might hurl.

Off to the place where they have lots of experts in bue t-shirts and lanyards. To see if, through the stifled laughter at my idiocy, they can salvage anything.

To be continued...

 *This post was sponsored by my tablet. Which, although a life saver in many ways this week, does not serve as a sufficient replacement on the whole. Sorry fella. 



Dum di dum...

Last week was a quiet one on the voice over front for me. (Twiddles thumbs) Which is frustrating. I did go to perform at Hull Comedy Festival, but that's not why we're here.

It seems you can email, call, be-friend, follow, tweet, #hashtag, link-in, google, like and poke everyone and their mother*, sometimes you're just not the right voice for the job.

*Please don't poke my mother she's married. And has terrible balance... 

I'm not going to hide it. Such is life. Good weeks and bad weeks. Ups and downs. I mean, I disagree of course. I think my voice is right for many things. I dunno, like... 

the odd commercial?

or a bit of the old IVR... 

maybe I could help with your animation... 

or be a russian spy or american officer for some gaming... 

even acting, I do that too, for radio drama... 

Now the astute amongst you will notice that I've cleverly used this blog to present my demos. "Whaaaat? I didn't even notice?!" "Who saw that coming?" "Subtle, Nic" Thanks, Bob. Apparently you've got to keep bigging yourself up in this game. Spreading your talents and letting people know you are available (not like that, cheeky...) But it's sooooo odd. Spending your days contacting complete strangers to tell them you're great at stuff. Professional showing off, as it were. I've always struggled with this. Even when I was a child in dance competitions. I never used to smile when I was dancing in case someone thought I was showing off. Much to my mother's dismay. She tried to paint a smile on my face with lipstick once. That went well. Just a shame I wasn't dancing to the theme from *Batman. 

(*tenuous link to resembling the Joker, with his big red smile...anyway)

I guess it's about finding the right balance of being confident in what you can do and remaining humble. So not so much a case of;

"LOOK AT ME! I'M GOOD WITH MY VOICE. IT CAN BE JUST WANT YOU NEED IT TO BE. IF CARLSBERG DID VOICEOVERS THEY BE BY ME AND THEY'D BE THE BEST etc..!" 

And more of a case of the old; 

"Hello. I'm polite, hard working, committed and people like to work with me as they come back for more. I'm sure we can work together to get your brand/company/message/animation sounding excellent." 

Now, if you'd like to get in touch  that'd be great. I'll just be in my happy place. Cleaning the fridge. And eating crisps.

Bye for now.*

*Paints smile on face and awaits receipt of mass emails

(Disclaimer: That was a self indulgent blog from Nicola 'The Voice' Redman. Normal service will resume shortly. Next week. When a blog with some useful  information is crafted.)