Business of VO – Holiday Flexibility

So what the heck do voiceover actors do with their time around the holidays? Spoiler alert, we get creative! The BOSSES get real about working from home and juggling family and friends during the holidays while still keeping your business up and running. It’s the most productive time of the year! Happy Holidays – from all of us at – we wish you a happy and prosperous season full of peace and love.


Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Entrepreneurs struggle this time of year to make everything happen with friends, family and work.

  2. Take advantage of the slow times at work and utilize that flexibility to your advantage.

  3. Many clients are trying to cram everything in before the holidays and accommodating everyone can be a challenge.

  4. Clients are typically understanding of your Holiday calendar and need for time off.

  5. Try to give yourself some down time where you plan nothing.

  6. The end of the year work lull is a good time to work on taxes, clear clutter and set goals for the new year.

  7. It’s convenient for business owners to run errands during the work day that others have to wait until after work to do.

  8. We sometimes forget about commuter inconvenience and drive-time traffic.

  9. Being in control of our hours may mean working some odd hours during the holidays, so it’s wise to make family members aware of these schedule changes.

  10. Promo actors and those with recording ‘dailies’ are still bound to their Golden Handcuffs.

  11. Promo doesn’t take a break for holidays; in fact the demands might increase.

  12. Retail and commercial clients may also have high volume demand this time of year.

  13. You are in control of your schedule and can pick and choose the jobs you take as a result.

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Anne: Welcome, everybody, to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, along with my beautiful holiday co-host, Gabby Nistico.

Gabby: Hello! Happy holidays!

Anne: Yay! Happy holidays, everybody! It ‘tis the season, ‘tis the season.

Gabby: Oh goodness, yes.

Anne: Yes.

Gabby: How frazzled are you, that’s what I want to know? How frantic?

Anne: Oh, yeah, pretty frantic, trying to get everything done. Of course it seems like clients, this is the time when the clients need everything like at the last minute.

Gabby: [laughs]

Anne: I’m trying to arrange family time, and holiday party time, and ugh, how do you do it all, Gabby?

Gabby: I don’t. I just admit and accept that it’s not gonna be possible to get it all done. That takes some of the pressure off. Um but truthfully, this time of year is when I take advantage of that fact that in some respects business is slow, and so therefore I have a little bit more flexibility to my work day.

Anne: Yeah, you know, Gabby, I think what happens is there’s so much pressure buildup before the actual holiday. Like my clients are always like, “oh my gosh,” their big push before the end of the year, you know, trying to get all of their jobs complete so they themselves can go spend time with their families on the holiday and have a little bit of a vacation. And so it kind of frazzles me getting everything ready, and then when the vaca — when, when the holidays actually arrive, I actually can enjoy! [laughs] I can enjoy them!

Gabby: Yeah.

Anne: And not have to be worried about too much work, and even if there is work, let’s say I’m working with a client that may or may not be celebrating the holiday that I am, usually they’re pretty understanding about it.

Gabby: Mm-hmm, yeah. I mean, I’ve, I’ve never run into that problem where someone hasn’t been. I do think though, after the holidays there’s that sort of crash, where people can become just, yeah, just kind of depressed because all of that activity and all of that stress, and all of the energy that you were putting in to the holidays is now gone, and it’s sort of like, “what do I do now?” At least that’s for some people. And then others it’s just, you know, they hate it. They hate it because it really is just too much, and it’s overwhelming.

Anne: I try to make that period of time, at the end of the year before the new year, a time to really sit down and reflect, and make some goals, and pump myself up for a better year, the next year. And I think that’s how I try to turn around that, that time that I might have um instead of maybe coming down off that sugar high.

[both laugh]

Anne: Kind of that holiday sugar high and work high in, into really trying to sit down and figure out, what can I do to have an even better year the following year?

Gabby: I like that. I um, I give myself a little bit of time. I’ll give myself like, I don’t know, maybe two days to be super lazy, like suuper lazy. Like I don’t do anything.

Anne: Yeah.

Gabby: Like I sit on the couch, I eat chips —

Anne: I have to watch all the programming.

Gabby: Yep. I binge Netflix. Like I do nothing.

[Anne laughs]

Gabby: Right? My dog is even like, “are you gonna move today?” “No.” And then I get out of that, and I go, “ok, now it’s time to accomplish, it’s time to do,” and so I, I sort of use the two weeks, the Christmas-New Year piece, to really accomplish things that I’m not able to do in other parts of the year, because there is too much going on. And I get super focused on my taxes, and I get that knocked out so it’s pretty much done and ready to go. I go ahead and I of course close out the books and deal with all the administrative stuff. And then usually there’s some like project type things around the house too, stuff that has nothing to do with work.

Anne: If I take a step back a little bit, and we take a look at the day… in the life of a, of an entrepreneur voice talent, I actually love — one of the biggest perks of that is to be able to have flexible hours so you can get things done that need to get done, that may or may not be business related. So for example tomorrow I’ve got to get my car serviced, and it’s really convenient for me to be able to do that in the middle of the day when they’re not busy so I can get in and get out quickly and, and not have to wait for hours to get my car serviced.

Gabby: Oh God, yes.

Anne: So things like that is such a big, big, tremendous advantage for all of you out there, if you’re not full-time entrepreneur voiceover. I think taht this is probably one of the biggest perks.

Gabby: We’re so spoiled.

Anne: Yeah, right?

Gabby: Like soo spoiled. I mean, the errands that most people dread, and that they have to pile up into a Saturday or a day off —

Anne: Yeah.

Gabby: — we can kind of space out and do during a regular workweek. And you’re right, it is things that you can do when it’s quieter. I, like — part of it is, yeah, I’m in North Carolina now. God knows it wasn’t this way in New York, but I can get in and out of the DMV here in like an hour. It’s amazing!

Anne: [laughs] I love that. That, that probably ranks right up there at the top too. I can, I can devise my road trips during the times when it’s not rush hour —

Gabby: Yeah!

Anne: — which to me is the best thing in the world. I, gosh, the other day, Gabby, I had to go out at like 8:00 in the morning, and I was like [laughs] oh my God! Where did — people, there’s people on the road.

Gabby: Yeah.

Anne: Like, and they —

Gabby: Like we forget.

Anne: It was incredible. It must have tacked on a good 30 to 40 minutes onto what I anticipated. I’m like, “well, it usually takes me 10 minutes in the middle of the day to get here.” It took me like 40 minutes to get where I needed to go because of like the morning rush hour. And I, like I think to myself, “wow, I’m really spoiled.” And I — and you know, my husband goes back and forth to work every day. Now, he’s got flex time, but he’s so used to being into work at, you know 8:00 or 9:00, at a certain time, he still continues to do that, and he deals with all that traffic. And I — it’s something I’ve completely forgotten about since becoming a, my own entrepreneur, which I love.