Step 2 – The Mobile Studio Part

trailerIsn’t it beautiful? Custom ordered. I had to be sure that my custom booth that’s being built inside would give me enough room to¬†work without feeling too claustrophobic. Plus, there has to be enough room for a small desk, all my equipment, a monitor, chair, and me. I am very fortunate to have a VO friend who is a general contractor, and an anal general contractor at that. He lives in DC and built a sound booth in his townhouse. Even though there was a BALLFIELD IN USE next door, I couldn’t hear a thing. Beautiful.

Gil Andrews and I met 21 years ago, just after I went fulltime with my voiceover business. We worked on a Bess Eaton commercial at a studio in southern Connecticut. We ran into each other a few times after that, and just ended up keeping in touch. Over the years, Gil has been invaluable with helping me. He’s always seemed to be a step or two ahead of me technologically and has introduced me to various things that would make my work life easier, i.e. gadgets, software, etc. A few years ago I was able to introduce him to something to make his work life easier. I don’t remember what it was, but I was thrilled to finally know something that he didn’t!

Gil offered to oversee the building of my custom booth in the mobile studio. YES! So, as I write this, my trailer is down in Connecticut having a carpenter friend of Gil’s do all the work. Gil and I have been on the phone discussing dimensions, materials, floor mats, eggcrate insulation ($$$), and other details. Honestly, I wish I could just wave a magic wand and have my studio ready. But it’s important that I get exactly what I want. Someday, when I retire from the VO business, whoever buys this mobile studio is going to be one lucky person!

The trailer is 6’x10′, which is actually longer than I wanted it to be (I’d rather not tow something quite that long, since my van is already 20 feet in length), but because of where the rear axle is located, as well as the side door, and other considerations, we decided that 6’x10′ would be the shortest that would work. The trailer is also 7′ tall. I didn’t want anything that tall either (that’s why it had to be custom ordered), but a 6′ tall trailer would have the ceiling of my booth very low. The booth is actually going to be a suspended “room within a room”.

Next up, how I plan to power my studio.