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How To Add Demos to Your Voice Actor Profile

Every day clients come to Voices to hire talent for their voice over projects. About 75% of clients post jobs publicly, and the rest of the time, clients search through our demo directory to privately invite talent to audition. It’s important to add and set your demos up well so that you come up in the right client searches.

Let’s go through how to add a demo to your profile! Be sure to stick around after reading the quick steps below for some game-changing tips on how to best describe your demos and optimize them for high JobMatchTM scores.

Adding a Demo in 6 Steps

  1. Click ‘Edit Profile’ from your ‘Me’ drop down in the top right of your Voices profile.
  2. Select ‘Voice Over’ from ‘My Services’ in the left toolbar.
  3. Across the top you’ll see three tabs: Overview, Demos, and Statistics. Select ‘Demos’. Select ‘+ Add a Demo’

  1. Upload your .mp3 file in the media section
  2. Complete the prompts to select a skill, add title and describe, and tag your demo.
  1. Finally, select ‘Add Demo’ at the bottom of your screen and you’re done!

Describing Your Demos

The description is a free form text field. It’s searchable for keyword searches so be sure to work in as many relevant keywords as possible. Think of all of the words someone might use when they’re searching for a voice talent. You’ll want to describe your voice with adjectives (like friendly and professional, for example) and then describe the types of reads on your demo (like commercial, corporate narration, or audiobook.)

Tagging your Demo

Tags refer to the pick-options available for selecting the language, accent, style, role, and voice age that are demonstrated within one particular demo. These tag fields also line up with the search fields and job form fields that clients use, which is one of the ways we help clients get accurate search results and how we give talent well-matched job opportunities.

Language

Keep in mind that when a client does a search on the site for a specific language, your demo will only show up for that exact language and no others, so if you would like to come up in a variety of different searches, you’ll want to have a variety of demos in different languages to showcase your multiple language abilities. 

Accent

You can simply choose from the list of accents. You can either scroll through the list or you can start to type the name of the accent to get to it faster. The accents are named according to their location. Type the specific country to find all of the accents to choose from. You can select up to three accents per demo. Choosing as many accent tags as applicable will increase your JobMatchTM score, so if more than one accent applies to your demo, be sure to take advantage of the tags. 

Style 

Choose style tag words to describe the style of your read. You can select up to 10 styles. When a client posts their job they can choose from these same lists of styles to describe the voice they’re looking for, so it’s important to choose these carefully. If the words that you choose match the words that the client chose when posting their job, you’ll get a higherJobMatchTM score for that job. For that reason, again, choose as many style tags as applicable to increase your JobMatchTM score. 

Role

You’ll want to choose the role that you’re performing in that demo. Does your demo showcase your girl-next-door performance, or are you playing a diva? Or both? You can choose up to five roles per demo. At the risk of sounding like a broken record here, take full advantage of the role tags by selecting as many that apply to your demo to improve your chances of being matched with a client’s job.

Voice Age

What age range does this demo showcase?  If you can perform different voice ages, you’ll want to have separate demos to present those various voice ages. You can choose from:

  • Child
  • Teen
  • Young adult
  • Middle aged
  • Senior. 

If you’re trying to decide between a couple of categories just know that the most popular category is middle aged, and then young adult. Keep in mind that these ranges are up for interpretation. Someone younger might think middle aged starts around 35, and another person could think middle aged goes up to 65.

Helpful Hints When Uploading Demos

As the video above discusses, most professional demos will be between 60-90 seconds, but you could split them up into smaller 20-30 samples to have shorter, more targeted demos. It really is the way to go, especially for online casting. For example if you have just one demo that combines your corporate, telephony and elearning reads, you’ll want to split that longer demo into 3 separate demos so that you can upload each demo separately to their own categories. It’s best to have specific demos to better match to specific searches. Again, having a variety of demos in different categories will help your JobMatchTM score too. JobMatchTMh is going to assume that you’re either more interested or more qualified for that category of work if you have a demo to asset to it.

When adding multiple demos try not to overlap your tag words from language, accents, styles, and roles across many of them. Some overlap is common, especially for popular ones, but try to spread tag words out as much as possible so that you are visible across a greater number of searches. As we’ve mentioned above, clients search these tag words in our directory, so if you have a wider variety, you’ll have a better chance at being found in our directory.

Featured Demos

When clients visit your profile they’ll see your top five demos. You can change the order of your demos by dragging and dropping each of them to where you prefer. Choose demos that have popular styles of reads or that showcases the work you want to do most – your money reads. 

Click ‘View Profile’ in the top right of your profile to see what your profile looks like to clients!

Amazing Work!

Using these tips will help you to be found in our directory and to be well matched to job postings. Have fun adding more demos to your profile and booking more work with Voices! Want more tips on how to plan out your demos? Head over to our help page on Planning Your Demos.

If you’re looking for additional resources on optimizing your profile, visit the FAQ: Talent Profiles or pop over to the Community Forum to start a conversation with other voice actors about how they have built strong profiles! 

Original post written by Cornelia Klimek in May, 2016.

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  • Avatar for Bill Hagen
    Bill Hagen
    November 1, 2018, 12:48 am

    I’ve freshened up one of my demos; how do I delete the one on the site so that I can upload a new one? Thanks!

    Reply
    • Avatar for Tanya
      Tanya
      November 5, 2018, 3:05 pm

      Hi Bill,
      I’ve forwarded your question to customer support. Look out for an incoming communication soon!

      Reply
  • Avatar for Ronnie Rey D. Gigante
    Ronnie Rey D. Gigante
    August 29, 2019, 11:13 am

    Yeah. so nice. But I’m having a hard time to save my recorded audio using my phone. It’s said that teres a problem. Can you please help me? But I really I like this opportunity so much for this is my passion.

    Reply
  • Avatar for Nafisat ML
    Nafisat ML
    September 9, 2019, 7:05 pm

    Great!! But I think I need to research and learn on how to upload the MP3 file,because on my system it’s only VLC file I have seen. Please is there anything you can do to help?.Thanks

    Reply
    • Avatar for Lubna
      Lubna
      September 10, 2019, 9:02 am

      Hi Nafisat,

      Thanks for reading our blog. You can try converting the audio file to an MP3 format and see if that works.

      Good luck!

      – Lubna

      Reply
    • Avatar for NkemLola
      NkemLola
      November 12, 2019, 4:37 pm

      You can download a software called mp3 converter into your working device and you’ll be able to easily convert the file formats. Cheers.

      Reply
  • Avatar for Gulrez Ansari
    Gulrez Ansari
    October 2, 2019, 11:34 am

    Hi I’m Gulrez ,i like to work at Voice Actors .
    And i’m Fresher to work at Voice Actors. But i will do it in my voice..

    Reply
    • Avatar for Lubna
      Lubna
      October 2, 2019, 4:04 pm

      Hi Gulrez,

      To get started, I’d recommend signing up for a voice talent profile at voices.com/signup and completing your voice actor profile.

      You can also find great practice scripts to help you record a demo, at https://www.voices.com/blog/voice-over-sample-scripts/

      Happy Auditioning!

      – Lubna

      Reply
  • Avatar for Karen R. Shepherd
    Karen R. Shepherd
    November 27, 2019, 6:59 am

    My current demo was recorded as Apple MPEG 4 audio.
    How can I convert it to MP3

    Reply
  • Avatar for Neelumishra
    Neelumishra
    March 9, 2020, 6:21 am

    Hii I’m Neelu Mishra from India my voice is best and I’m doing work for voice.com

    Reply
    • Avatar for oliver
      oliver
      March 10, 2020, 11:49 am

      Hi Neelu,

      Thanks for reaching out. The best place to begin is by signing up for a talent account. From there, you’ll have the opportunity to build your profile, browse job postings, and begin submitting auditions for voice over work.

      Feel free to peruse our voice talent FAQ, and contact us for support anytime by shooting us an email at [email protected].

      If you’re still looking for some pointers about how to kickstart your career, our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting is a really valuable resource that you might want to take a look through.

      Happy auditioning!
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Avatar for Jedroise Guilas
    Jedroise Guilas
    April 26, 2020, 3:10 am

    Wow that’s good

    Reply
    • Avatar for oliver
      oliver
      April 27, 2020, 10:56 am

      Thank you!

      Reply
  • Avatar for Manal
    Manal
    November 19, 2021, 2:32 pm

    Why I can’t add demos from phone (android)
    It is in MP3 format.
    How to add demo

    Reply
    • Avatar for Niki Clark
      Niki Clark
      November 23, 2021, 10:05 am

      Hi Manal!

      Hmm that is strange! It should work for you. I wish I had some troubleshooting options for you, but I think it may be better to connect with our support team: [email protected]

      Hopefully they can help you resolve the issue of not being able to upload through your phone!

      Best,

      Niki

      Reply
  • Avatar for Enrico Olifant
    Enrico Olifant
    February 24, 2022, 5:55 pm

    I am apprehensively excited I can’t wait to see where this road of becoming a voice over actor will lead to it has taken me a while to take this leap of faith

    Reply