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.

2 thoughts on “Step 2 – The Mobile Studio Part

  1. Mobile Voice Gal,

    Very interesting material about your mobile studio. I too am in the voice over business, as well as a morning radio show and owner of an advertising agency in Beaumont, TX. I was so glad to find your blog about your “mobile” studio, because I have been planning the same thing myself. Except I want to put a studio in the closet of a camper or motor home. With all the technology today, you can now house a complete studio in a closet with sound-proofing because basically most all of the processing etc is now in the software in your computer. A good laptop and mike and maybe pre-amp is about all ya need. In a couple of years, I want to do some of my voice-overs from the road, and along with Quickbooks in the computer and a good 4 G signal to send out my work, I can do the job, send it out, attach an invoice with it, and voila!….I get home a couple weeks later and have checks in the mail!

    Let me know how it goes for you and your situation as I am very interested in your progress.

    Thanks and happy trails!

    Gary Lee Love
    Love Productions LLC
    Beaumont, TX.

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