How well do you know your voice?
Knowing your voice is very important for a number of reasons, especially when you are using it professionally as a tool to get work.
Are the character roles or voice ages you’re auditioning for or performing believable?
In today’s VOX Daily, we’re going to talk a bit about sounding authentic and real when doing character voices.
A Kid With a Mortgage
Are you an adult who is voicing children or teen voices for auditions but aren’t booking those gigs? Maybe it’s because you sound like a kid with a mortgage!
Now, I didn’t make that phrase up (kid with a mortgage) and must give credit to the great Pat Fraley. We must not forget about the teenager with a mortgage as they exist, too 🙂
I’m sure you’ve heard auditions or demos where talent are performing voice ages that are now outside of sphere of ability. As time passes, our voices change… and sometimes we aren’t the most objective person when it comes to discerning this truth.
This doesn’t just have to do with a younger age that a person is trying to perform. This can apply to someone trying to do older voice ages outside of abilities or anything else for that matter including accents, language skills, technical ability and so on.
What Can You Do?
If you know that your voice has changed and you are no longer able to do certain reads believably, consider passing on the audition and referring someone else who can do what you know you cannot. As is the theme, this also applies to accents, timbre, voice type and so on.
Many voice talent do this. Just the other day, Ralph Hass passed on an audition that called for a Cajun voice and decided to send the opportunity to Herb Merriweather instead.
In a recent interview with Andy Boyns (you can hear it here), Herb shared that not only was Ralph man enough to say “I can’t do it,” he’s also cool enough to say, “but I think I know who can.” So Ralph sent this along to Herb who auditioned for the producer and got the job.
As pros like Ralph Hass know, auditioning for something outside of your abilities is a waste of your time, the client’s time and also gives the client a poor impression of your talent. In that regard, be selective and only audition for work that you are confident you’ll book. Should the opportunity arise to refer a fellow voice talent, pay it forward and present the opportunity to someone who you know can do the job.
Looking forward to hearing from you!