The Art of the Audition: How to Make the Most of Your Auditions on Voices
Note: If you have a Voices guest profile, some of these audition tips may not apply to you, as some features are only available to paying members. If you’re interested in upgrading your Voices profile, it’s simple and easy!
It’s great that technology has revolutionized how the voice acting world works – including the audition process. However, auditioning in the online world can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. Here are some tips on making it easier, including insights from Voices Product Manager, Cornelia Klimek – who shares tips on how you can capitalize on the features available on the Voices platform and make the most out of your auditioning time.
How to Prepare for a Voice Over Audition
Here are a couple of tips and tricks for a great audition before you get started:
1. Do Your Homework First
Before you press record, ensure you’ve learned about how to optimize your Voices profile, investigated or worked with a voice coach, gathered the necessary home studio recording equipment, and learned how to get the most out of your voice.
2. Don’t Read the Whole Script
It isn’t necessary to read the entire script, as clients usually only listen to 5-10 seconds of your audition. We recommend recording 20-30 seconds of material to use as your audition.
3. Let the Copy Be Your Guide
Interpreting the script is in your hands. Practice several times, trying out different techniques for bringing out the character, including the subtleties of where you include pauses, which words receive upward or downward inflections, and more.
4. Don’t Slate Your Audition
Slating means stating your name and the part you’re reading for at the beginning of your audition. Slating is not recommended or necessary, as your name is already beside the play button for clients to see.
5. Bring Your Authentic Self
How you approach the job should reflect your own unique style, voice, and interpretation. While every job has its guidelines, there is plenty of room for creativity in your voice even within the constraints. In fact, some believe that creativity happens best within guidelines, not without them.
6. Keep Your Spirits Up
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7. Spend Less Time Auditioning
While it may take a while to get there, you want to work towards spending 5 minutes or less per audition, as this will help you to audition for more jobs more efficiently. You should also schedule in some time for downtime. Below, we explore how to best manage your audition workflow.
Managing Your Audition Workflow on Voices
Did you know that voice actors who audition 7 or more times per day make up to $20,000 more per year than those who audition less than that?
If completing that many auditions each day seems like a daunting task, we’ve got you covered with these audition tips that will make managing your audition workflow a snap.
Audition Tip #1: Keeping On Top of Your Inbox
A wonderful feature of Voices is that the platform will regularly send you voice over jobs that you’re matched with. Even though it’s hardly a problem to have your inbox flood with jobs that you’re a good match for, this inflow needs some management, nonetheless.
“One thing that pro talent really do well, that [some] newer talent may get overwhelmed with, is clearing out their job inbox,” says Cornelia. “Platinum talent tend to go through the jobs that they have in their Hiring folder, and any [job] they know is not going to be fit for whatever reason, they’ll actually just delete it out of their Hiring folder,” she says.
The good thing about deleting a job from your Hiring folder is that it’s not gone forever – it just moves out of your Hiring folder so that you can focus on only the jobs you intend to audition for.
Audition Tip #2: Batching Your Work
Another feature created to make your workload more manageable, is the ‘Next’ button located in your hiring folder.
Once you’ve cleaned up your Hiring folder so that the job list is in a ‘happy place,’ you can open the first job, work through it, hit “Next” and automatically go onto the next job without ever having to go back to the main screen of your inbox. “This feature makes it a lot easier to weed through the jobs that may not be suitable for you,” says Cornelia.
Pro Tip: Batch your work. Seasoned talent tend to read the script for one audition, get it recorded, and then go on to the next one, repeating the process. Afterwards, they will upload their auditions for every job at the same time. “This way you are bringing ‘like’ work together and you are not opening and closing your programs all the time—it saves a lot of time,” says Cornelia.
Audition Tip #3 Using Filters on Voices
In addition to manually sorting your email, you can also automatically filter the jobs in your Hiring folder so that you will only see the jobs you will consider auditioning for. For example, you may only want to see and audition for jobs that are paying $300 and up – you can adjust the filters so that you only see jobs that fall within certain criteria that you’ve selected.
It makes your life easier and allows you to spend your energy and time on jobs you actually want to be hired for.
Audition Tip #4: Use Proposal Templates
Every audition needs a proposal template, and to save you time, Voices makes it easy to create your own messaging templates, which can be customized and used over and over again. Read up on how to write a polished and professional proposal that tells clients who you are and what you’re capable of.
So, for example, if you want to have a proposal template that’s specifically for business jobs, you can create one that will also include past clients you’ve worked with in the industry.
Having a strong proposal that’s both unique and professional can be a really great way to stand out a bit more from other voice actors, as opposed to sending a generic message each time.
Writing a proposal is an important part of the auditioning process. Essentially, your proposal is like a cover letter for your job. Like any professional communication, it should greet the client (by name if possible), and thank them for the opportunity to audition. It should also include a basic introduction about yourself, the services you offer, and your experience.
Default Voice Over Proposal Template
Augmenting your audition with a strong proposal can mean the difference between booking a job and missing out on a role entirely. Here’s a voice over proposal template that we encourage you to use when you’re next auditioning for voice over work:
Hi [client name],
My name is [your name], and I would love to work with you. [Give a brief overview of your experience and/or any past relevant projects here].
Turn-Around Time: I can deliver high quality, finished files within [x hours/days]. If needed, I can also provide same-day or overnight delivery.
Live Sessions: [If you are able to provide live directed sessions via SourceConnect, Skype, ipDTL, ISDN, or phone patch, etc. please indicate here]
Equipment: My equipment includes [microphone, software, etc.]
If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me directly via the ‘Messages’ button in my audition. I hope you like what you hear and will consider working with me.
Ask Questions and Set Guidelines in Your Voice Over Proposal
If you have questions about the job, your proposal is a great place to ask them. This will show that you’re engaged in the project and makes you look more professional. It will also help guide the conversation if the client reaches out to you.
Additionally, if the job description is not clear you can use the proposal to set limits regarding how much work your bid represents (how many retakes, how many full reads, how much post-production).
In Summary: These are the Essential Steps to Follow to Start Landing Jobs
Besides auditioning for the right jobs, there are other steps you can take to ensure that you are setting yourself up for hiring success.
- Fill out your profile. Make sure it’s as close to 100 percent complete as possible. The more complete your profile, the better VoiceMatch™ can connect you with job opportunities.
- Review the list of jobs and choose the ones best suited to you, either through your VoiceMatch™ score, budget, or even deadline.
- Record a 20-30 second sample of the script.
- Submit your audition with a quote.
- Get hired, complete the job and get paid via SurePay™ with Voices.