For many voice talent, interpreting a script isn’t a problem… it’s wondering what else to include in the recorded audition!
When you’re creating a custom demo or auditioning for a voice over job, do you simply submit dry voice, or do you include music, sound effects or other production elements?
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Auditions: Dry Voice or Full Production?
Recording your voice for an audition is one thing but adding tracks with music and sound effects is another.
Dry voice is pure, 100% you (no preservatives and or pesticides)!
“Dry voice” is the industry’s way of saying unadulterated sound. When you are required to record a dry voice track, all you should be doing is providing your read, nothing more. That means no music, no sound effects, no effects on your voice… you get the picture.
What happens when you add to your voice?
Adding to your voice is a completely different animal. Whenever something is “produced”, it means that production elements were used, such as music, sound effects and so on. Usually in this instance, you are multi-track recording and might have a separate track set aside for your voice with an array of tracks for music beds, sound effects and the like.
Depending on what it is that you are auditioning for, you may find that produced audio may either help or hinder your chances of landing the gig. Dry voice is safe, but remember, it’s not always the safe choices that get noticed…
Having said that, whether you decide to do dry voice exclusively or dabble in production, always make sure that your vocal choices with regard to interpretation are unique and demonstrate how you would best serve the client.
What’s Your Auditioning Style?
Depending on which you prefer, how has this worked out for you, and does one provide better results than the other?
Looking forward to hearing from you,
P.S. Thanks for Elizabeth Webb Sosner for the inspiration to write this post 🙂