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How stressful is voice acting? It can be rather stressful in a variety of ways, but as a freelance voice over actor, your career revolves around delivering exceptional performances. However, it’s essential to recognize that your mental well-being is just as important as your professional success.

In this blog post, I’ll explore the importance of taking mental health days when you need them. By prioritizing self-care, you can enhance and boost your freelance voice over career to achieve long-term success.

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Benefits of Mental Health Days for Voice Over Actors

  1. Increased Focus and Creativity 
  2. Improved Emotional Resilience 
  3. Enhanced Vocal Performance
  4. Reduced Burnout and Stress
  5. Strengthened Professional Relationships
  6. Recharged and Renewed Energy Levels
  7. Better Mood and More Positive Attitude

Reasons Why Voice Actors May Need To Take Mental Health Days

  • Coping with Audition Rejection can be stressful: Auditioning for voice over roles often involves facing rejection. Taking mental health days allows voice actors to process and navigate their emotions, maintain their self-confidence, and develop resilience in the face of rejection.
  • Managing Performance Anxiety: Voice actors may experience performance anxiety before important sessions or live performances. Mental health days offer an opportunity to practice relaxation techniques, build self-assurance, and reduce anxiety levels to deliver their best performances.
  • Balancing Multiple Roles and Deadlines: Freelance voice actors often juggle multiple projects, deadlines, and roles simultaneously. Mental health days provide a chance to recharge, regain focus, and establish a healthy work-life balance to prevent burnout.
  • Nurturing Self-Care and Well-Being: Mental health days are vital for prioritizing self-care and overall well-being. Taking time to engage in activities such as exercise, meditation, hobbies, or spending quality time with loved ones can rejuvenate voice actors and help maintain a positive mindset.
  • Creative Block or Voice Fatigue: Voice actors may encounter creative blocks or experience vocal fatigue, hindering their performance abilities. Mental health days allow for rest, vocal warm-ups, and exploring new creative outlets, revitalizing their skills and passion.

By acknowledging these challenges and allowing themselves the space and time for self-care, voice actors can proactively manage their mental health and thrive in their careers.


10 quotes about positive mental health:

  • “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” — Aristotle
  • “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” ― Leonard Cohen
  • “Increasing the strength of our minds is the only way to reduce the difficulty of life.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  • “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves” ― Henry David Thoreau
  • “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” — Amy March, from Little Women
  • “Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.” — Charles Bukowski
  • “Promise me you’ll always remember — you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — Christopher Robin from Winnie the Pooh
  • “In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer.”  — Albert Camus
  • “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” — Winston Churchill
  • “I am bent, but not broken. I am scarred, but not disfigured. I am sad, but not hopeless. I am tired, but not powerless. I am angry, but not bitter. I am depressed, but not giving up.” — Anonymous

Build Emotional Resilience for Long-Term Success

Prioritizing mental health days helps build emotional resilience, which is crucial for long-term success in the freelance voice over industry. By addressing emotional challenges such as rejection and self-doubt and taking time to recharge, individuals develop the resilience needed to navigate the highs and lows of their career. Just as you remember to celebrate the good times, remember to evaluate the bad times and learn how to navigate both waters. 

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Wrap Up

In the fast-paced world of freelance voice over acting, taking care of your mental health is paramount to achieving long-term success. By incorporating mental health days into your routine, you can reap numerous benefits such as increased focus, enhanced creativity, improved emotional resilience, reduced burnout and stress, and strengthened professional relationships.

Restoring your energy, boosting problem-solving abilities, and increasing productivity are just a few more advantages of taking the time to rejuvenate and reset your mind.

Regular breaks and time off work lead to reduced stress levels and increased job satisfaction. By prioritizing your well-being, you not only enhance your own happiness and fulfillment but also become a role model for others in the industry.

Empower yourself by embracing the power of mental health days. Set boundaries, engage in self-care activities, and disconnect from work when necessary. Nurture your creativity, build emotional resilience, and foster positive professional relationships. By taking care of your mental well-being,

How stressful is voice acting? As stressful as you make it. 
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Rhonda Phillips is a full-time voiceover actor specializing in commercial, eLearning, corporate narration, explainers and a variety of other voiceover genres. She is a voice over performance coach who specializes in working with people who are just beginning their journey into the world of voiceover. If you’re looking for a coach to help you get a solid start in the industry, book a consut

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