You’ve likely heard a great number of people in show biz say that auditioning is the real job and getting the gig is gravy!
In today’s Who Got the Gig, we’ll look at the significant role auditions play and how persistence is the key to landing voice over work.
When You’re An Actor, Auditioning Is Your Work
What preoccupies you throughout the day?
Generally, it’s the pursuit of work through auditioning or promotional activities focused on marketing your voice. It’s easy to get dragged down and think of auditioning as a mindless, repetitive act, but what many voice actors discover is that through auditioning, regardless of if they get the job, they are exercising their minds, their voices and are also presenting their talent in front of clients directly.
Attaining Voice Over Fitness
Compare auditioning to a fitness program.
To achieve the desired results that you’ve set out for yourself, you need to follow a consistent regiment that includes cardio and lifting weights before you can reap the reward which could be to improve your quality of life, tone your muscles or getting rid of some flab.
Now, translate what I’ve just said about physical fitness to voice over:
Each time you do an audition, you are conditioning yourself and keeping in shape for your next job. If you stop auditioning, you cease to challenge yourself and the potential to fall into a lazy, apathetic slump may become a very real consequence of failing to “work out” or continue refining your skills.
What happens when you get lazy?
Your energy levels and endurance for voice over work is affected. Possibly you may find that voice over doesn’t come as easily to you as it once did and that realization can be frustrating, indeed. To illustrate the point, if I stop writing original content for even a day or two, I notice a dramatic difference (generally an abnormal decrease) in the quality or quantity of what I am capable of producing. Sporadic writing doesn’t do much for the soul and at least for me, can induce writer’s block, something no writer ever wants to get and struggles to release themselves from.
Do you see how these principles can be applied to voice acting, too?
That being said, the best way to keep in vocal shape, mentally, physically and artistically, is to audition every business day.
If you’re still not convinced, here are 8 reasons why you should audition regularly.
8 Immediate Benefits of Auditioning
à¹ Keeps you in good form
à¹ Provides you with a diverse array of copy to experiment with and interpret
à¹ Stimulates your mind
à¹ Gives you a platform to strut your stuff
à¹ Exponentially improves your job prospects
à¹ Generates networking opportunities
à¹ Is a validation of the need for voice over as a service
à¹ Renews your faith that voice over work is out there
How do you feel about auditions? Why do you keep doing them?
Looking forward to hearing from you!