The voice acting demo is a must have for any voice actor. In this instalment, we’ll feature the importance of having a stellar voice acting demo and also how to go about making one. Nowadays, clients only have a matter of minutes to find a voice that meets their needs. Without a sample of your voice available online as an MP3 file or even a few voice acting sampler CDs on hand for agencies, chances are you’ll be overlooked.
If you think that the searching period for clients is tight, consider this: the majority of clients make a decision as to whether they will hire you or not within the first 5-10 seconds of hearing your voice. Your demo is their first impression of you and what you can do for their organization. What does all of this mean for you? It means that you have to grab their attention at the beginning of your demo and wow them throughout to keep the awe you inspired in your intro consistent with their quickly formulated opinion of your skills and voice talents.
It also means that you’ll need some good copy to record your demos from. I’ve mentioned the scripts collection and sample scripts before on this blog as a great resource for recording voice acting demos. Here’s a PDF of a guide on how to create a great voice acting demo. It’s a PDF, so you’ll need Adobe Reader or you can open the document on a Mac using Apple Preview.