The mind is a powerful thing. You have probably heard this saying before, but voice over artists know the true power of the mind when they have to work while dealing with personal issues. Emotions and thoughts can be huge distractions when working as a voice over artist. As much as you know you need to focus on the script you have been tasked to complete, your mind can work against you the whole time. It may seem like there is not much you can do about the mental turmoil while working, but the truth is that you can try some of these tips to help you refocus on your work.
Let Yourself Think
The more you fight it, the harder it’ll be to let it go. When you’re having a difficult time concentrating on your work, the best thing you can do is stop and think. Allow your mind to deliver the messages it wants to without becoming frustrated over the interruption. Once you have the message, you can try comforting yourself by saying, “It’s something that needs to be taken care of later.” Many people can say something like this to themselves and then be able to pick up their work and move on with it. Give it a try the next time you are faced with a mind that will not leave you alone.
One of the reasons you may not be able to focus on your voice over work is your mind is focusing on too many things at once. To slow your mind down and help it focus on just one thing, such as your work, try a meditation session. All you need is a quiet place and 5 to 10 minutes. Sit down in a chair or on the floor comfortably. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Count your breaths until you start to feel much more relaxed. Once you feel yourself letting go, use your ears to listen to what is going on around you. Whenever a thought interrupts you, consider it, and then tell yourself, “Okay, let’s move on.” If you’re having a hard time getting to the relaxed state or focusing on the present, try a mantra such as “Om…” or “Calm.” Repeat your mantra in a low voice, which can help slow down your mind.
Learn more about how meditation can help you with your voiceover work in Meditation: How It Can Help Your Work as a Voice Over Artist.
Your thoughts usually make you feel as though you have to act. Instead of resisting the urge to take care of something that is bothering you, go ahead and do something. If you cannot take care of the whole situation, just choose one thing you can do, and do it. You will likely feel much more at ease when you have appeased your mind with action.
It Is Time to Refocus Voice Over Artist
Try these tips the next time you are feeling as though you cannot focus on your voiceover work.