Booking Work

Are you on the brink of success but just don’t know it?

It wasn’t until the 10,001st attempt that Thomas Edison successfully invented the light bulb. While you may not have auditioned 10,000 times on, not booking a job after dozens – or even hundreds – of audition submissions can be discouraging.

Want to change things up? Here are 4 tried and true tips on how to get your first job.

In Pursuit of Booking Work at

What does it take to achieve your goals?

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
-Thomas A. Edison

1. Practicing

Many voice actors tell us that practicing helps them to book more work. If you’re taking care of your voice and exercising your range, you’ll soon see the benefit of a regular vocal workout. Read copy wherever you see it.

There’s a lot of great material out there and you would be surprised how easy it is to find. A trip to your food cupboard or fridge will provide you with all kinds of copy, including advertising and technical copy. Walking verbally through an ingredients list will take you on a journey in itself.

Voicing lists and tackling words you usually don’t say in general conversation (like sucralose!) will stretch your capacity to voice. Reading books aloud or narrating synopses on the back of DVD covers is also a good way to introduce new copy into your life and daily reading regime. Reading through audition copy (even if you don’t submit it) is also a good way to practice and get closer to booking your first job.

2. Completing Your Profile

One of the main reasons why talent struggle to book work is because they have not completed their profile. Auditions are sent to you based upon the information that you have provided about your voice, skills and capabilities in your profile.

Think of your profile as a resume. Filling in the blanks matters, as does uploading and properly tagging your demos. If you are wondering about profile completeness, you can quickly find out what percentage of your profile is complete within your account and edit your profile to improve your profile’s completeness.

Remember that your VoiceMatch score (the score that tells you how closely matched you are to a given job) is based upon the contents of your profile. The more complete your profile is, the higher your VoiceMatch score may be on a given job.

High Impact Profile Tips:

  • Be careful how you order your languages. Rank languages in order of fluency putting your native language first. More points are assigned to your primary language than any other when it comes to VoiceMatch score.
  • Put demos in all the categories you can voice for. Try and have a wide variety of demos in as many categories as possible to improve your VoiceMatch score.
  • Tag your demos appropriately to boost your VoiceMatch score. Clients routinely select a couple tags on their job postings artistic direction wise and if your demo has one of the tags they’ve picked, you’ll have a higher VoiceMatch score on their particular job.

3. Flipping Your Perspective on Auditioning

Looking back on your first auditions, you’ve probably come a long way and have a greater understanding of what you are best suited to audition for.

Everybody starts somewhere and the earliest auditions you’ve submitted are just the beginning. Persistence is key to your success. If you can outlast those who throw in the towel and audition for jobs that bring out the best in your voice, it is only a matter of time before you see progress and success.

Each audition you receive presents you with an opportunity to be the solution to a client’s need. Prioritize the auditions you do by auditioning for jobs where you have the highest VoiceMatch scores first.

When clients review their auditions, their default view shows them auditions listed from highest VoiceMatch score to lowest VoiceMatch score. If you have a high VoiceMatch score, your audition will be closer to the top of their list of responses.

Another tip: While the VoiceMatch score helps, it is still good to reply to jobs quickly. Every time a new job is posted, it is given a higher Job Number (Job #). You can see the newest jobs by sorting the jobs list in descending order. To do this, click on “Job #” until the arrow points down.

4. Getting Your First Star Rating

Work begets work. When you receive your first feedback rating and review on, your credibility immediately increases to prospective clients and to those in a position to hire you. Star ratings can be viewed from the search engine, directory, and when clients are reviewing auditions.

Seeing a star rating beside your name gives clients the confidence and comfort they need to award a job to you. Bearing this in mind, keep working on auditions, your profile, and business communications in an effort to land your first job on the site.

Applying These Tips

Remember, is a tool and an extension of your business. The ideas and action items above are here to help you get the most out of your experience working in the online marketplace.

Apply the tips and let us know how you’re doing! We’re here to help.

Best wishes,

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. As a voice actor, your voice and the actor in you are both important. In voice over work (commercials, narration, promotional announcements, phone messages, etc.), a few decades ago the voice often tended to tip the balance. But over a decade ago, producers began to prefer “natural” voices.


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