What to do on those days when you have more work than time… otherwise known as those “Dream Days”

I know it’s all our dream, to have more work than we can handle. Yes it causes stress, yes it forces us to hunker down, focus, minimize distractions and just get to it. But those are great days aren’t they?

I’ve been in this position, booked jobs for a day then all of a sudden someone comes along with a I NEED THIS RIGHT NOW project. Or one of your long term clients pops in and has a new one for you and since you have been working with that client since almost day one you feel obligated to make sure that the project gets done as quickly as possible.

Then all of a sudden you look at the clock and realize you might just have more work than you can take care of in one day. How do you handle it?

Personally I love those days, but yes they do cause stress at times. I’d much prefer to be in that position then looking for work (which we all know is necessary but can stink at times). So how do you handle it? Well here are a couple of tips that I’ve found have helped me in the past.

  1. Take a step back, take a deep breath and look at the work you have to get done for the day. Which client/clients absolutely need their project done before your work day is through? Which ones don’t have such a high priority?
  2. Take the time to stay in contact with your clients. Communication is key to building and maintaining that relationship and you should be doing this anyway, but this is the time that they really need to know what’s going on in your studio. Let them know that you have a lot of work that day and you will do your absolute best to get their project back to them as soon as humanly possible. Under promise and over deliver.
  3. Prioritize your day. I know that most of us do this naturally the moment you sit in the booth. You look at the work and decide what you’re going to work on first, second etc. However getting that frantic email can throw a wrench into your best laid plans. This is where step 1 is so important. Taking a step back, taking that breath then organizing what’s left with the time left in the day.
  4. No matter how busy you are. No matter the amount of work you have to do, you have to make sure to save some time for yourself. I know this can be hard, it’s really hard for me. This past weekend I worked the entire weekend because I had three large projects all come in late Friday afternoon from clients I have really good relationships with. But if you don’t take time out for yourself, your family, get out and enjoy the fresh air, do whatever it is that you do outside of the studio; you’re going to burn out.

I know these things seem pretty generic and common sense. The only reason that I decided to write this one is that this is something that I’ve encountered quite a few times and I know how tough it can be to deal with when it does happen. Hopefully my experiences can help some one out there, even if it’s just a little bit.

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Until I see you again, and until you hear me, be good and do something fantastic today.



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How to handle “bad written” scripts….

This is something that I’ve seen talked about quite a lot recently. VO artists talking about scripts they get from clients that are worded poorly, bad grammar, run on sentences, misspelled words, things like that. In my experience and the experience of my colleagues there are a couple of ways this can be handled.

Of course you’re reading the script beforehand. When you notice these things take notes, contact your client, ask them if they’d like you to change it (and make sure that you include your proposed changes) or if they would like the chance to change it before you start to work on it. I find that most of the time this is what works the best. 90% of my clients don’t have a problem at all if I change a word or two here or there as long as the overall message isn’t lost.

Then there are those clients, mostly overseas ones (no not picking on anyone, just stating from my experience) that want you to read it word for word exactly how it is in the script no matter the grammatical errors.

I have a client I do a lot of repeat work with and working on a project for them yesterday is what made me think about writing this article.

I do a LOT of work for this particular client and we have a great relationship. However sometimes the copy they send over isn’t the best written copy in the world and it’s a chore to read through it. Especially knowing that I can’t make any changes to it at all. One of the scripts I did for them yesterday was nearly the hardest script I’ve ever had to read and I was extremely happy when I was done with it. It was one of those ones that I just had to shake my head and take five minutes when I was done with it, it was that difficult to read.

My best advice in situations like these, and thankfully they are rare, soldier through the best you can, do what the client wants and move on. At the end of the day they are the client and one bad piece of copy out of ten isn’t all that bad to deal with. Just enough that I felt compelled to put fingers to keyboard to talk about it a bit.

Please feel free to share your experiences with issues like this by writing me a comment down below. I’d love to hear your stories and how you’ve handled issues like this in the past.

Until next time, when you hear me, be good and do something fantastic today.


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2 years with MTFB Radio…..

I can’t really believe that it’s that time. 2 years with MTFB. It amazes me that Luke has kept me around this long. I mean I know I have to give him Excedrin headache #10 on a regular basis. He’s such a great guy and there isn’t a lot in this world that I wouldn’t do for him.

So my 2 year anniversary show is going to be tomorrow night. Feb 5th at 6pmPDT (9EST and 8CDT). Gonna go for 3 hours because there is a lot to pack in. Going to have some of my favorite segments from the past year, some special guests and lots of just normal Madhouse behavior.

To my loyal listeners, whether you listen live or listen recorded, or download the show to listen when you can: Thank you!!!!! It’s been a wild ride over the last 2 years.

Do me a favor, when you listen click that little “heart” and let me know you are enjoying yourself. Feel free to send me a message on the spreaker page during the show, I love the interaction and it’s pretty much a guarantee of a mention on the show.

And feel free to share the show with anyone and everyone. The more the merrier ­čÖé

So please like, subscribe and share all over. And remember Monday the 5th my 2 year anniversary show: The Madhouse With Mike

Thanks again for all the support over the last 2 years and here’s to 2 more!!!!!

Love you all,


Mike “Janos” Hatak

The start of 2018….

Where to even start? The end of 2017, personally for my family, was a rough one. Losing 2 close relatives within a week of each other around the holidays is really not the way anyone wants to spend them.

It did teach me quite a bit though. As the mourning process went through it’s stages and I felt myself growing further and further away from work, even though it was starting to pile up, I needed to find a way to work through the diversity. It was literally the sense of… sitting in front of the microphone and recording a line or two then just not caring to do anymore. The clients that I was working with during this time were very understanding, and I had to fight my way to make it to deadlines. They would have extended them, offered to (for which I thank them immensely) but I don’t like to do that and I don’t miss deadlines.

I had to reach down and find that “don’t quit” attitude and keep on pushing, even though my heart really wasn’t in the job that I love so much.

I guess the point of all this is: We all go through hard times, we all have rough patches; but you can fight through them. With friends and family for support you can work your way through the rough patches, whatever those rough patches might be. The only way to make it in this business is to look at life when it knocks you down, get up, refuse to dust yourself off and say, “Is that all you got?”

Thanks for tuning in to my ramblings. Don’t forget┬áCoffee and Music on the Morning Madhouse┬áMonday through Friday 8am CDT (6PDT and 9EST)

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Until you hear me again, be good to each other, the world needs more of that.

Take care.



Just Do It!!!

Ok yes so I stole that directly from Nike… please don’t judge me. But it fits perfectly into what I want to talk about today. And that quite simply is: If you want it, go and do it!!!

So what the hell am I talking about? It’s actually a very simple principle. If you want something in life, YOU need to go get it. No one is going to give it to your free. If you want something you have to work your butt off for it. And let me tell you something, the harder you work for something the sweeter it is when you get it.

This whole blog came from a discussion about taking the leap and starting your own business. I did this when I decided to started doing voice overs full time. Getting rid of “The Man” and working for myself and being responsible for my own success or failure. Now that isn’t for everyone and I do realize that. But if you have been sitting around for any length of time and saying “I want to” or ┬á“I could” or “I should” JUST DO IT!

Take the leap. Have faith in yourself. Are you ready to jump off the cliff, quit your full time job and dive deep into something full time? Maybe, maybe not. You have to do your homework. I’m not saying take a blind leap, do the prep work, but start today. Waiting until tomorrow, or until the time is right; the time is now. It will never get better than now.

The state of our economy and the state of the employment industry these days more and more people are branching off and working for themselves and becoming masters of their own destinies. There’s nothing stopping you but yourself.

Until the next time you hear me, be good to each other and be nice. It’s not always easy to do, but it is free.

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How to handle busy days…..

I have to say that the last couple of days have been extremely busy for me. It seems that sometimes it’s either feast or famine…..

Some days it’s scraping for work, and other days it’s all I can do to keep up with the workload. Starting the day off with┬áThe Madhouse┬áradio show, then moving the mic from that direction to the booth to record (metaphorically it is the same mic in the same booth after all) voice overs is a complete change in mental direction. Then the variety of work; auditions, quick spots, long form narrations…. the work is as varied as can be.

All I have to say is this. When you find yourself feeling a little overwhelmed with the workload staring you in the face (smile at it and be thankful you have it, I know I do) just take a deep breath, stare it right back and get to it. Don’t let it intimidate you, show it who’s boss.

With that being said make sure to take frequent breaks and keep yourself hydrated. I’ve noticed over the last couple of days my throat hurting at the end of the day even with as much as I try to take breaks and keep the old pipes lubricated.

I’m going to be doing a video about this soon┬áMy YouTube Channel┬áregarding hydration and voice overs. A lot of people drink water or tea, I prefer┬áPowerade┬á(orange and fruit punch are my favorites) to keep myself going through out the day. No I don’t get anything from them, but I am open to it (hint hint Powerade if you are listening)

Just keep at it and don’t give up. Persistence is the key here. Don’t give up and believe in yourself. You can do anything you want if you put your mind to it and work hard.

Until the next time you hear me… be good to each other. Remember, it doesn’t cost anything to be nice.

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The tale of the tire….

So yeah, if you have followed the story on facebook you all know that I woke up Monday morning to a flat tire. Yeah, it happens to everyone but still it stinks big time.

So I do the morning radio show, The Madhouse with Mike, then go out to change the tire to the spare and go get a new tire. Well therein lies the tale.

1st off the truck was parked on a gravel driveway and the jack that I have just wasn’t lifting the truck up high enough. So, time to go get a new jack. Cousin James takes me over to the auto parts store, I’m not gonna name them.

The 1st jack that the guy offered me was $199 and I pretty much told him where he could stick that jack. I wound up getting one for $99, sheesh that hurt.

Get back to the house, get the tire off, put the spare on, go over to the tire place. They had to order the tire, it wouldn’t be ready til Tuesday, ok no problem. So I park the truck and just get back to work.

Come Tuesday, no call. Waiting all day, nothing. So I call them, they guy is like yeah hey one sec let me check. Oh yeah. The tire truck came but we didn’t get your tire off the truck *facepalms*

Long and short of it, it took til Wednesday and $250 dollars later I’ve got the new tire on my truck.

What the heck does this have to do with #voiceovers? Well. I got home and looked at the bank account and just said gotta get to it. Just keep on trucking (no pun intended) It’s a grind ladies and gentlemen. The marketing, the auditions, the emails, building your website yada yada yada. You can’t ever give up. It’s a day in and day out grind and you have to have the drive and the ambition to reach your goals. Start off with something small, a small dollar amount per day. Then as you are consistently making it, raise it.

Have a goal for your marketing. Have a goal for auditions.

Remember folks it’s a grind, but if you work hard at it and don’t give up, you can make it.

Til the next time you hear me, be good to each other….

Marathon audio book is done…

For those of you that have been following I was working on a 105k audio book. I finished it up the other day and its kind of a weird feeling. Its almost like, ok that’s done… so now what?

It’s not like I don’t have any other projects, it’s just that this one took the longest of any project I have done in the past and to top all that off it was a fun read. I enjoyed the story behind it. To check out the book just click here:┬áEntitlement: Cause and Effect. Now I’m not getting any royalties off this one, this was a pay for the recording deal, so I’m not getting anything out of promoting this book other than I think that everyone should read it. Lots of life lessons in it, I know that it made me take a step back and look at things a little differently.

So what now? More voice over projects, more marketing, more videos…. just another day in the life.

That doesn’t mean I couldn’t always use more ­čÖé If you have a voice over project you need “the voice” for, send me a message and we’ll work out the details.

Until you hear me again, be good to each other, it’s free…

Sometimes Voice Over work is really fun…

So I was talking to my sister Carina yesterday, just about this and that. Then out of nowhere she asks, “Didn’t you say something about you doing radio commercials too?” Yes I do occasionally get some offers for radio commercials and I know there are a few out there right now of me touting some product or store or something.

So she tells me that she heard one the other day and was like, “I think that’s my brother!!!!!” Pointing at the radio all proud and stuff. Well she knows my voice really well so I’m gonna go with, yeah it probably was me.

I have to say it was a pretty cool moment. I mean I know I’ve done a lot of work that a lot of people have heard all over the country and all over the world, but to have your sister just hear something out of the blue, it’s a special kinda cool.

That’s all for today, I just wanted to relate that short story. I’ve got to get back behind the mic and do some more work on this big book project that I’ve been working on for the last week or so.

Until you hear me next (and it could be anywhere at any time apparently) be good to each other….

The ups and downs of a voice over artist…

So we’re not going to talk about how I burned my arm by spilling coffee on it this morning (yeah ok it hurts and it’s actually making typing tough but I’ll soldier my way through it)

I was sitting here looking at my inbox at the work that was waiting for me this morning. Being very thankful that I did have some work sitting there, as I did yesterday morning; it got me thinking about the way our days go sometimes.

1 day we can have more work than we think we can handle (we get it done) and other days we spend more time marketing, sending emails, calls, blogs, videos, etc.

I am very thankful that things in my voice over business have started to pick up. The last couple of weeks have been pretty good, and last week specifically was a really good week. On top of that I signed the largest book narration deal that I’ve ever done. The bonus of that is that its actually an interesting book ­čÖé

The long and short of what I’m trying to say this morning is this. Don’t let the “slower” days get you down. If you work hard, market yourself well, and deliver a fantastic end product quickly the “better” days will come. Keep at it, don’t let up…. You have to work and want it and the harder you work today, the better tomorrow will be.

Take care all. Have a great day and fight the good fight. If you want something… go out and get it, no one is going to do it for you.

Until you hear me again… be good to each other ­čÖé