We’re so pleased to introduce you to another member of our massively cool community of Bacana clients. Welcome to Andrew Feliciano!
My name is Andrew Feliciano, a Los Angeles native and recording studio owner specializing in voiceover. I’m an outdoor enthusiast and avid rock climber.
What’s something making you happy right now?
Making stuff. I’ve always had an interest in making stuff from growing up with do-it-yourself parents. I have really enjoyed the resurgence of the maker movement. I’ve been inspired by the seemingly unlimited amount of quality content on YouTube and other places on the web where people are sharing their expertise and passions for all kinds of crafts: woodworking, electronics, carpentry, costume making, and anything else you would be interested in.
When was the last time you surprised yourself?
I recently started walking to work when I can and was surprised how much I like doing it, and, this most recent week, did it 5 days in a row. I actually went out of my way a little to do it, which was not something I had anticipated happening. I luckily live about a mile from where I work, which not everyone has the luxury of, but the act of 20 minutes of light activity in the morning before starting the day has been a nice change to the start of my day.
What’s something that brings ease into your life?
Automation. More specifically using modern tools (largely web-based) to do things for me. Many people have used auto-pay for bills, but now you can do additional personal things like getting regular deliveries of household items from Amazon or other services and setting reminders for calendar events and personal tasks. But also work-related automation tasks with tools such as Zapier, Workato, and other web-based tools. Many of these sorts of things have been available to larger businesses for a long time, but now are accessible to individuals.
What’s something you’ve seen or read recently that you want to share?
I just finished reading the book Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In. It was an easy read and immensely helpful as a small business owner, but these ideas can be used in any facet of life.
Anything else you’d like to share with the Bacana community?
I have come to realize in the last few years that good communication is one of the most important aspects of everything we do as people, but also one of the hardest. Being a good communicator causes so much mental discomfort and constantly challenges our identity. There are plenty of aspects to this, but I’ve found that a common theme always comes back to listening first and empathy. Some examples are active listening techniques, the book The Five Love Languages for relationships (something I resisted, but was surprisingly straightforward), and Getting to Yes, which I recently read. I can’t say that I am a shining example of this, but I do try to keep these ideas in mind.
Where can people find you?
Best place to get in touch would be via my company’s website, www.voicetraxwest.com.