BOSS in the Booth

with Laya Hoffman

Just in case you were wondering, you definitely wear all the hats now. In today’s modern at-home recording world, you’re the voice, engineer, customer service department, and tech wizard of each session; and some of those hats can get pretty cumbersome. In this episode, Anne and Laya discuss what it takes to be a BOSS in the booth, and how to maximize your potential success with tools, tech, and processes that work. It’s not enough to just have a great voice or be an excellent performer anymore, but being a #VOBOSS in your booth is achievable. Learn how in this episode, jam-packed with ideas from these savvy bosses…


In today’s modern at-home recording world, you’re the voice, engineer, customer service department, and tech wizard of each session; and some of those hats can get pretty cumbersome. In this episode, Anne and Laya discuss what it takes to be a BOSS in the booth, and how to maximize your potential success with tools, tech, and processes that work.

"Simultaneously keeping your cool and delivering an outstanding performance can be harder than we realize. Don’t let those curveballs throw you off your performance game." - Laya Hoffman

About Laya Hoffman

Laya Hoffman is an Atlanta based Voice Actor & Podcaster with over 20 years on the mic, specializing in Commercial, Corporate, Promos, and other short form audio projects for forward thinking brands like BMW, Google, Amazon, AAA, Kind Snacks, HBO, ESPN & hundreds more. A former Marketing Exec, Nightclub DJ, and Creative Agency Lead, Laya brings a modern minded approach to her voice work. She is the producer of the She Sounds Like Me Podcast, which she co-hosts with her 8 year old daughter Cyla. Laya is on a mission to advocate for equality, ensuring that all women know they can stand up, speak out and be heard.



Top 10 Takeaways

Quick-share concepts from today’s episode:

  1. Educate yourself on the new technology you’ll need in the booth. #VOBOSS

  2. Test your session settings before each connection. #VOBOSS

  3. Meet your clients where they are, using the technology they’re most comfortable with (Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, FaceTime etc.).

  4. ipDTL makes connecting for directed sessions simple, especially with phone number access. #VOBOSS

  5. Clients who were used to going into studios may now be seeking alternative session options - be ready with solutions.

  6. Have a backup plan for when technology fails, and be able to deliver recordings even when situations aren’t optimal.

  7. Invest in dependable, high-speed internet, and consider business plans to upgrade your connection.

  8. Listen carefully and take direction with consideration for the people on the other end of the session.

  9. Don’t be afraid to take breaks if you need them. #VOBOSS

  10. Remember people’s names, say thank you, and don’t linger afterward. Respect people’s time.


"You have to educate yourself on all these technologies that are now required of you." - Anne

Referenced in this Episode

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