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Voiceover performer Dee Bradley Baker in his home studio. I t goes without saying that performers have seen great change in the entertainment industry due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, as many await the restarting of productions across the country and adjust to a new normal, voiceover performers continue to work. "While most production may be shut down, Disney Animation is still cranking," said SAG-AFTRA National Voiceover Committee Chair Keythe Farley during the June 9 President's Task Force on Education, Outreach & Engagement presentation Mastering the Basics of Home VO Studios. "And while the Warner Bros. lot is quiet as can be, folks in the video game department are doing more work than ever." SAG-AFTRA voice work has a wide reach in animation, video games, audiobooks, podcasting and even commercial and industrial work. For performers looking for work-from-home opportunities or those considering a transition to a new part of the industry, voiceover work may be a viable option. Along with taking voiceover classes and creating a reel, they will need studio space in the home. This isn't to say that your studio has to be an exact replica of a professional studio booth, but there are some simple things you can do to get started. Here are some techniques and words of wisdom to consider as you begin to construct a studio of your own. Hardware & Software The most important tools needed to begin building your home studio space are, well, the tools them- selves. Unlike self-tape auditions that involve a comparatively simpler setup for recordings, your home studio space needs to be equipped with Create a Home Voiceover Studio Like a Pro ! National Voiceover Committee Chair Keythe Farley's home studio. 56 SAG-AFTRA | Summer 2020 |

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