Recording on-site can be an exciting and challenging experience for voice actors. Whether you’re recording in a studio or on location, it’s important to remember that you are representing yourself and your profession. Maintaining a professional attitude and following proper etiquette can help you build a positive reputation and ensure a successful recording session. Here are some tips for proper etiquette when recording on-site:

  1. Be Punctual Being punctual is crucial in any professional setting, and recording on-site is no exception. Arrive at the designated time, or even a few minutes early, to show your respect for the production team and demonstrate your professionalism.
  2. Dress Appropriately Dressing appropriately for the recording session is also important. Dress in comfortable, professional attire that is appropriate for the setting. Avoid wearing clothing that is too tight, too revealing, or too casual.
  3. Be Prepared Make sure you come prepared for the recording session. This includes bringing a copy of the script, any necessary notes or instructions, and any equipment you may need. Familiarize yourself with the script ahead of time to ensure a smooth and efficient recording session.
  4. Be Respectful Respect the people you are working with and the space you are recording in. This includes respecting the production team’s time, equipment, and resources. Avoid touching equipment or adjusting settings without permission, and be respectful of the space you are in, whether it is a studio or a location.
  5. Communicate Effectively Communication is key in any professional setting, and it’s especially important when recording on-site. Make sure you communicate effectively with the production team, including the director, sound engineer, and any other team members. Ask questions if you are unsure about anything, and be open to feedback and direction.
  6. Be Flexible Recording on-site can present unexpected challenges, such as technical issues or changes to the script. Be flexible and adaptable to changes, and remain calm and professional in any situation. Remember that the production team is working to create the best possible product, and your willingness to be flexible can help ensure a successful recording session.
  7. Take Breaks as Needed Recording can be physically and mentally demanding, so it’s important to take breaks as needed. If you feel fatigued or need to take a break for any reason, let the production team know. Taking breaks can help you maintain your focus and energy throughout the recording session.
  8. Follow Safety Protocols If you are recording on location, follow any safety protocols that are in place. This may include wearing safety equipment or following specific guidelines for handling equipment or operating in certain environments. Make sure you understand and follow all safety protocols to ensure a safe and successful recording session.
  9. Be Mindful of Noise Levels When recording on-site, it’s important to be mindful of noise levels. This includes avoiding unnecessary noise or distractions, such as tapping your foot or rustling papers. If you need to move around or adjust your position, do so quietly and without disrupting the recording process.
  10. Be Gracious Finally, remember to be gracious and appreciative of the opportunity to record on-site. Thank the production team for their time and effort, and show your gratitude for the opportunity to work with them. Building positive relationships with the production team can help open up future opportunities and lead to a successful career in voice acting.