There has never been as many opportunities to land voiceover jobs as we have today. Yet, as bitter a pill that may be to swallow, statistics dictate it takes about 200 auditions to book a job. Considering a majority of your auditions for voiceover are done from home, here some of the most common mistakes to avoid to increase your booking potential.
- Submit your voiceover auditions as MP3s in MONO, not WAV files, and notin stereo. That’s the standard for auditions. PERIOD.
- If you’re sent the same audition from more than one talent agent (or casting source), youdo notsubmit an audition to both. That’s known as ‘double-dipping’. Whoever sent you the audition first—that’s who you audition through. Not both! Politely email the other agent, “Thanks for thinking of me. However, I’ve already auditioned for this project.”
- Be sure to vary up your delivery from one take to the next, rather than delivering a “cookie-cutter” performance with each additional take you submit. Match the cadence and emotional tone from one take to the next, but submitting a broken record read isn’t useful or professional. Make it your mission to build and maintain your agility. Let the text dictate your delivery. BE what you say! AUDIO SAMPLE
- Rather than finding all the things you dislike about the script or direction, give yourself a fighting chance by concentrating on what you DO like! There’s an old adage that states: you become the effect of that which you resist. Stop resisting and embrace the process.
- Pay attention to how long the final submission length of the spot is required to be. For instance, if the specs (direction) says the spot is 15 seconds long and it took you 25 seconds to deliver the take, try it again and do your best to deliver your performance under 15 seconds without sounding rushed or forced. You still want to sound natural, just pick up the pace. AUDIO SAMPLE
- Don’t fool yourself into thinking the best audition submitted always books the job. ONE of the best auditions books the gig. Your objective is to consistently be among the top 2% of all the very best auditions submitted. If you do, it’s likely you will be among the best auditions those casting will include on their short-list to voice the campaign, and become the reliable ‘vocal brand’ for the company. Your job is to consistently deliver as many remarkable auditions as possible.
- PROOF your work before sending it off! Double check you slated your name as requested. Be sure you didn’t miss the deadline. Make sure the final audition doesn’t have any audio issues, and your recording didn’t cut off at the end. You feel good about sending your best, most creative work, and it’s an MP3. Make a habit of proofing your own work, because no one else will. That’s all on you!
- Auditions are your most important form of promotion, they simply shouldn’t be your onlyform of promotion if you intend to work with any regularity. This is your career. Own it! Make your name known and associated with being a reliable, professional voice talent with continually promoting to producers, casting sources and potential clients.
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