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.