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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.
6 Essential Steps to Follow to Start Landing Jobs
- 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.
- Write a proposal (see more tips on how to do this below!).
- Submit your audition with a quote (get more insights on auditioning near the bottom of this article).
- Get hired, complete the job and get paid via SurePay with Voices.com.
Additional Tips on Writing a Persuasive Proposal for Voice Over Jobs
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.
An Example of a Voice Over Proposal
Here’s what a proposal might look like:
Hello (Client Name),
Thank you for reviewing my audition submission. I’ve had X years of experience recording (type of recording). Some of my past (type of recording) clients include Company 1, Company 2 and Company 3.
I’d be interested in working with you on your project because (cite specific reason) and I can have your recording done in less than 24 hours.
If you are interested in working with me please click the Hire button to get started.
P.s. If you don’t feel I’m right for this project but may be right for future projects, you can add me to your Favorites and reach out to me later!
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 make 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).
Now, let’s take a closer look at the process of auditioning.
Preparing to Audition
Before you press record, there are lots of things you need to do to make sure you’re ready. You’ll want to learn about Voices.com (and how to optimize your experience), look into voice coaching, investigate the equipment that you need, how to use it best and how to record to get the most of our your voice. Then, you might be ready to start!
Tips for Auditioning for Voice Over Work:
Here are a couple of tips and tricks for a great audition before you get started:
- It isn’t necessary to read the entire script, as clients usually only listen to 5-10 seconds of your audition.
- Don’t slate your audition. Slating means stating your name and the part you’re reading for at the beginning of your audition. This isn’t necessary, as your name is already beside the play button for clients to see.
- 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.
Auditioning can be a rewarding process, but as a voice actor you have a lot to think about – your audition, your equipment, your time and your performances.
Standard Recording Settings for Voice Over
On the technical side, you may be wondering if there is a rule of thumb for audition files. As a standard for Voices.com, we recommend that files are recorded and exported at 16 bit, 44.1k, and compressed at a bit rate of 128 kbps as this is the minimum requirements for a digital file to adequately reproduce an analog signal to the human ear. Higher bit depths and sample rates like 24kbps at 48 kHz are technically higher quality, however the difference might not be audible, and unnecessarily create larger file sizes.
Bit Rate, Bit Depth, and Sample Rate Considerations and Standards
Bit rate, bit depth, and sample rate are necessary pieces of the puzzle for understanding the quality of audio output.
Understanding Bit Depth
To put bit depth into more common terms, we’ll use the analogy of a ruler.
Most people are familiar with the fact that a ruler’s measurements are captured in different increments, from 1/8ths, 1/4ths etc, all the way up to full-inches.
A low bit depth is akin to having a ruler that only measures in full inches. You capture broad units, but it’s not very precise.
A high bit depth is similar to having a ruler that measures in 1/8ths. It’s more accurate, and allows you to capture fine details. So, a higher bit depth will provide a more precise measurement, and the digital audio file more accurately resembles the analog audio wave.
All About Bit Rate
The bit rate, measured in Kilobits per second (kbps), is how many bits of information are captured and played back as audio output per second. The more bits per second, the more high quality the audio will be after compression.
Sample Rate Explained Simply
Sample rate refers to how often the bits of information contained in an audio wave (a sample) are measured.
Focus on Your Auditions!
Voices.com aims to make your job easier. That means we’ll take care of finding opportunities for you and ensuring you get paid. We do that with VoiceMatch (our system that matches you with jobs per your profile and demos) and SurePay for secure online payments.
With those concerns out of the way, you can focus on giving your best performance and have more time to to do what you love. Happy voicing!