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 describe your demos best and optimize them for high VoiceMatchTM scores.
Adding a Demo in 6 Steps
- Click ‘Edit Profile’ from your ‘Me’ drop-down in the top right of your Voices profile.
- Select ‘Voice Over’ from ‘My Services’ in the left toolbar.
- Across the top, you’ll see three tabs: Overview, Demos, and Statistics. Select ‘Demos’. Select ‘+ Add a Demo’
- Upload your .mp3 file in the media section
- Complete the prompts to select a skill, add title and describe, and tag your demo.
- 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 align 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.
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.
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 VoiceMatchTM score, so if more than one accent applies to your demo, be sure to take advantage of the tags.
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 higher VoiceMatchTM score for that job. For that reason, again, choose as many style tags as applicable to increase your VoiceMatchTM score.
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.
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:
- Young adult
- Middle aged
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 into smaller 20-30 samples to have shorter, more targeted demos. It 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 VoiceMatchTM score too. VoiceMatchTMh 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.
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 showcase 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!
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.