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I'm curious, how important is the "proposal" piece of the audition?
I have been auditioning for a few months now with some success. I'm working on trying to improve my stats.
How important is the "proposal" section of your audition? Obviously it's a good idea to put something coherent and basic in there. But I want to know am I losing out on jobs because I'm not personalizing my template for each client?
Any info is appreciated. Thanks!
Hi there - I just published a blog post about this very topic as it relates to voices.com. Check it out at:
It discusses how to best use your proposal as part of your overall marketing strategy.
Funny my answer should be flagged. I only referenced the entire article because the answer is long! Here is the section of the article that refers to your question:
Now it’s time to target your specific clients.
Use the template function to create a professional sounding response that you can edit.
Here’s the generic one I use:
“Attached is a recording of your demo copy. I can turn your copy around in 24-48 hours for the price quoted below. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Best – Deborah Sale Butler”
It’s short, sweet and to the point. I can always add information like “price includes one round of edits based on my read” or “price is based on a rate of .20/word.”
But what if you’ve already done work in particular areas? Then make templates that reflect that.
I’ve done a ton of on-hold recordings, so I created a template just for that:
“Attached is a recording of your script. I have voiced on-hold messaging for a number of companies, including Proflowers, Shari's Berries, Red Envelope, Ambassador Coffee, Core Life Sciences, Dunn & Bradstreet, Dr. Mancini, Extracare, Forex, The University of Health Science, Myservicedesk and Provistas.
I can turn your job around in 24-48 hours for the price quoted below.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Deborah Sale Butler”
FYI – I usually edit down this template to reflect my client’s business. I’ll remove 9 or 10 things and leave examples that best reflect the kind of voice-mail system the job posting describes. By leaving all of the jobs in the template, I don’t have to go back to my resume and search every time.
I have templates for games, corporate narration, instructional narration, commercials, on-hold, medical text, children’s books, direct marketing and language learning. Over 30 yrs., I’ve worked in many fields, so it helps my clients to be aware of what, specifically, I can do for THEM.
What if you haven’t done anything yet? Don’t worry. Except for something like Medical Text, where you might want to mention your nursing training, don’t try to use related fields or experiences, just stick to the simplest, business-like format and you will be fine.
Oh, there’s one more template – a partial read. There are a couple of reasons to do a partial, instead of a full read of someone’s sample copy. Some clients may attempt to use your audition as an actual product. Or, the copy may be very long. In both cases, only record a portion of the copy. You can actually do this ALL of the time, as it is a great marketing tool to provide more than one read of each piece. Why? Because many clients are not going to take the time to imagine how you might read it differently, even if they like the quality of your voice. If you give them 2-3 choices in styles of read, you will increase your impression on them and your chance of booking the gig. Just be sure they are truly 2-3 DIFFERENT reads. For the “partial read” template, I just change a line to read, “attached is a recording of a portion of your script.”
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Thank you so much. I was basically going down that road but wasn't sure if I was doing enough or too much.
A few days after you answered this question I received a link to your article. It was very informative and helped me make some positive edits to my profile. Thank you again!
In the salutation of the proposal, I will always address it to the person who is listed as the one who is doing the hiring. I always cut and paste the name, to make sure I don't mis-spell it. That's about as personal as I get. The rest of the proposal is pretty generic.
Dear Jon Jones: