This will surprise you: I was on a plane on Thursday.
And when I landed in Chicago on my way to Green Bay, WI, (with no weather related travel hassles mind youâ€¦zoinks!) I got an email from my voice-over agent Erik Shepard from Voice Talent Productions.
It seems a client Iâ€™d done work for recently changed a couple of sentences in their script and needed some pick-ups done. Iâ€™d advised Erik that I could do it once I landed in GRB. He wondered why I always traveled so muchâ€¦did they not feed me at home? Was I trying to join a commune? I told him I eat too much, Iâ€™d get the lines done and that he was going to make someone a wonderful wife someday. 😉
Recording new projects on the road is not a problem with my laptop and my Sennheiser 416. But this instance was unique because I had recorded the bulk of this project in my acoustically studio with a Neumann TLM-103. Now the client would have to prospectively match that studio audio with new pick-up audio recorded in a hotel room (pillows and blankets and noise floors, oh my) on my 416. It had the potential to be an awkward audio match and an inconvenience for the client.
So I made a call.
You see, whenever I travel, I make it a point to know where any local recording studios are. I believe itâ€™s just smart to have a back-up plan and sometimes you get to make new friends. Iâ€™ve been amazed to find some cities (towns, hovels) donâ€™t have ANY recording facilities (â€˜try the AM radio stationâ€¦they have 60 year old egg cartons on the wall for sound absorptionâ€™) so if you want to be audio king pin in Ottumwa â€¦.email me and Iâ€™ll get you directions.
But in Green Bay some years ago, I was introduced to Carl Romey by my friend, fellow voice talent and FaffCon Stand-up group member Kelly Klemolin. Carl runs The Bridge Recording Studios in Titletown. While Kelly has her own ISDN and ipDTL equipped studio, she often records at Carlâ€™s studio; Kelly is a very in-demand voice talent (and a whiz on QuickBooks).
Carlâ€™s studio is terrific and heâ€™s a prince of a guy (hence the blog post title). So I called him Thursday when I landed and told him what I was trying to accomplish. He told me to stop by early Friday morning (today) and heâ€™d fit me in. His studio is always busy â€“ Carl is a very popular producer.So up to his 4th Floor studio I flew and banged out those pick-ups in nothing flat. As you might expect, he couldnâ€™t have been more gracious or accommodating. I was happy, Erik was happy (or as happy as he gets 😉 and I believe the client was happy.
Thanks Carl. And thanks Kelly. Green Bay is full of good people. And good football.