Introducing Balance

with Erikka J

Let’s talk balance! What goes into creating a work-life system that honors and prioritizes all these hats we wear? Anne and special guest co-host Erikka J share their own methods for balancing the various elements of a successful voiceover business, and discuss how to maximize productivity using techniques that keep the whole self in focus. Stay tuned for great conversations about time management, rest and relaxation, technology tools, and so much more. Explore focus skills, and learn how balancing your personal life and work life can be the key to being the best #VOBOSS you can be…


In the first episode of our series on Balance, Anne & guest host Erikka J introduce the concept of applying work-life balance to your VO Business.

"f you’re not rested, you’re not bringing your best self to the booth, your family, or yourself.” - Erikka J

About Erikka

DC born, Atlanta based voice actor, singer/songwriter and entertainer Erikka J is known for her rich powerhouse vocals, soulful tenor to soprano range, and commanding stage presence. As a writer, she is dedicated to giving her fans, or "Jewels" as she calls them, meaningful, honest, and relatable lyrics. During her time in Richmond, Virginia a reputation for delivering quality, heartfelt, attention grabbing performances earned her the honor of opening for Grammy-winning recording artist Chrisette Michele. Erikka has headlined events at notable venues such as DC's historic Blues Alley Jazz Club and the Dumfries Summer Concert Series. Though classically trained at DC's Duke Ellington School of the Arts and influenced by vocal staples such as Mary J. Blige and Billie Holiday, Erikka has a deep rooted love for hip-hop that is evident in her delivery. She lives up to her "Natural Born Hustler" mantra with accomplishments such as landing music video placements on BET Soul, MTV.com, VH1.com, and Russell Simmons' All Def Digital YouTube channel, as well as lending her voice over talents to notable clients such as Google, Amazon, Apple News+, and the DC Lottery.



Top 10 Takeaways

Quick-share concepts from today’s episode:

  1. It’s ok to not be able to get to everything every day! #VOBOSS

  2. Prioritizing is how you will succeed while wearing multiple hats.

  3. A well-rested & refreshed version of you works better. #VOBOSS

  4. Use technology to help keep your balance game strong - tools are there for a reason.

  5. Consider yourself as a whole person - combine your work opportunities where you are able.

  6. Practice honing your audition process to maximize the best use of your time. Efficiency doesn’t just = fast.

  7. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. Without rest, your body and mind can’t possibly function at peak levels.

  8. Get creative about resting your mind - power naps & meditation “count” as rest opportunities.

  9. Explore the Pomorodo Technique as a way to stay focused and balanced.

  10. Find something every day that brings you joy, which is the super-fuel of balance. #VOBOSS


"Being efficient is key to success in voice over and in life!" - Anne

Referenced in this Episode

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Recorded on ipDTL - Get ipDTL here >>
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Get focused using Pomorodo Focus >>

 

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