voices-com-icons-demos.gifIs it true that people can still get work straight off their demos?

Can you book a voice over job by simply uploading a number of voice samples, positioning them well and being found by the right person?
The answer to these questions is YES!
Hear more about how this happens in today’s VOX Daily.

Bookings By Demos

Recently, there have been a number of success stories pouring in from talent who are being found in the Voices.com search engine or via the Directory who are booking directly off of their demos.
Sound strange? This isn’t unheard of and it happens more frequently than you might expect.
What does this mean for pro voice talent?
Simply put, the marketplace is more than just a venue where you audition… it’s also a promotional vehicle that works best when you have demos showcased and at the ready for prospective customers to find.

Real World Examples

When I set about writing this article, I had been inspired by a success story sent in (and published today) about Brent Halfyard and his booking of a national CARFAX spot because someone heard his character demo at Voices.com and decided to pursue him as a potential voice for Car Fox. Needless to say, Brent booked the gig as the new voice of the character Car Fox and the spot is now airing nationally across the US and can also be viewed on the web.
There’s another success story just waiting to be published from Mike Elmore who had been booked off a demo he had on Voices.com. Keep your eyes on the Buzz blog if you want to find out more.
Two reports about bookings from demos sent in as success stories on the same day may seem coincidental to some people but I’m not one for believing in coincidences… that and there’s more work going on than most people realize, even the staff at Voices.com.

Case in Point

When asking around this afternoon to see if other people could report of instances where they’d booked off their demos featured at Voices.com without having to audition, I received 10 responses within a short period of time.
“I landed two jobs at Voices.com from my demos posted there. A Spanish TV commercial in Portland, Oregon and and Elvis Presley impression job in Phoenix, Arizona.”
Paul Hernandez
“I’ve landed a few from people that have just searched the profiles on Voices.com and found me. I have to say I was very impressed. One was for a long form podcast too!”
Carole Richards
“4 International jobs (from companies that did not want to do an open call), and a couple of translation/VO jobs for local clients who did not want to have to hassle with auditions. I always ask how people found me, and these companies said Voices.com All paid the full rate, and all were great to work with!”
Dan Hurst
“Last fall, my very first audiobook came from a publisher who found my profile on Voices.com All he did was contact me directly via email from voices.com and offered me the opportunity. No audition. Just the job with residuals. Some other audition free jobs came my way as well: Indie film trailer, a few corporate IVR, & a 2 radio imaging gigs (which made me their official voice for their stations). These particular gigs yielded long term clients for me. They found me on Voices.com, contacted me directly and paid me directly. They were friendly, professional and easy to work with. Thank you Voices.com for all you do for the voiceover community.”
Roy Bunales
“I’ve been hired through my demo for a few things. One in particular was asdsourcebook.com which has led to recurring work.”
Amanda Sellers
“One for elearning for people trying to get LEED certification, and they just keep coming back for more. Many others as well.”
Vanessa Hart
“I have been hired off my demo on voices.com many times, it’s great ! Especially for ethnic voices, and a couple of times for Afrikaans.”
Adam Behr
“I worked with someone on a project a couple of weeks ago. We were able to get i done quickly and easily. I was also able to bring in another talent I know locally and get him some work too. Good experience all around!”
George Washington III
“Yes, one job for Chumbonus, hired from my demos.”
Robin Wolf

A Pleasant Surprise

Sometimes an audition leads to other work. One audition could book you different gigs than it was intended for!
“Hi Stephanie, actually I have not booked work from that scenario per se, but rather from another one close to it: I was not chosen for one job, however that person sought-out and hired me for another role. ‘Am not sure if it was my demo or the audition for the first job that did the trick. So, not the same thing you were looking for, however a bit similar.”
Daniel Goldman

Do You Have a Story to Share?

If you have had similar experiences, I encourage you to comment here on VOX Daily or to share your success stories with our team here:
https://www.voices.com/service/customer_care
Best wishes,
Stephanie

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Voices.com. 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 blog serves an audience what wants to grow in their careers as professional voice users, and more specifically, voice actors. Stephanie was recently listed 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®.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Not to pop any balloons, but the story about CarFax is not completely true. The client posted on Voices.com on April 1st and had many responses. Phillip Moore, client, then took his preferred list down to 5 and called back the 5 of us and then presented the group of talents to a Focus Group. They chose the final talent, which apparently was Brent Halfyard.
    Congrats to him are in order. Great gig. But it was a standard audition through Voices.com as opposed to his demo only.
    Just wanted to set the record straight. BTW…I too have gotten work via my demos on here also so as not to discount the validity of it happening.
    😉

  2. Yes. a few times, having a demo online helps a lot. It’s a must in our job. I got a gig to be the voice for a client in Chile, my voice was used for Old Spice commercials.

  3. I have booked off voices.com without auditioning. It usually has to do with time constraints. The client just wants it done. I’m pretty sure these were all non-broadcast. Mostly industrial and telephony.

  4. I had a couple of professionally made demos which had music/sound effects, were edited by a recording engineer & produced by a veteran VO artist in Chicago at a Voice-over recording studio. In other words, it sounds pretty darn good. These days, because of money issues, I am only auditioning & recording at home with my pc & basic equipment & I am a novice at editing. My question is… Do clients who hire off of demos expect our home recordings to sound just as good as our demos do? If so, i’m not too sure that I would be able to make a recording at this time that sounds just as good as my demos do. I mean i’m learning more & more each day but I doubt that I could make my auditions sound that good all by myself.

  5. Hi Zach,
    Thank you for commenting and for adding to the conversation!
    To answer your question, you should be able to replicate everything that you have presented on your demo. If you need help doing this, you’ll need to work with the professionals who helped make your demo or with others who are skilled in audio production, editing and so forth.
    I hope that helps!
    Best wishes,
    Stephanie

  6. I am happy to report that like some of your other talent, I too have been hired from Voices.com without an audition. I recorded a number of political spots for a client and I didn’t even have a political demo.
    It ALWAYS feels great 1) to be found 2) to be hired w/o auditioning and 3) to be rehired!!
    Today’s posting also caught my attention since I am doing some work for CarFax as well. Nothing quite so visible as Brent Halfyard (aka Car Fox), but through a referral I am now working on my 2nd project for them, narrating an online marketing video.
    Debbie

  7. Hi Johnny,
    Great to hear that you’ve been booking off your demos too!
    Thank you also for the clarification. I’m glad to hear that. Thank you for letting us all know here on the blog and for helping to set the record straight.
    Best wishes,
    Stephanie

  8. I had my demo professionaly produced, however hearing stories such as the ones above, do you think, if you cant afford a professionally produces $1500 demo, such as for animation, should we just post a character demo up on voices.com?
    Also, do clients really just search the directory of voices.com and find talent? I am not sure if my profile is good enough

  9. Hi Kabir,
    Thank you for writing and for your questions.
    Yes, some clients do prefer to search through the Voices.com Directory. Depending on your demo producing skills, you might be able to produce your own animation demo, but if you do, I would highly recommend listening to some podcasts on the topic.
    There’s one on Voice Over Experts where Pat Fraley breaks down the anatomy of a character demo that would be of great help to you should you go this route. Here’s a link:
    http://podcasts.voices.com/voiceoverexperts/2009/08/voice_over_experts_episode_98.html
    Also, listen to this podcast by Terry Daniel called “Your Demo Speaks For You, What is Yours Saying?”
    http://podcasts.voices.com/voiceoverexperts/2010/02/voice_over_experts_episode_113.html
    You mentioned something about your profile. If you’d like some direction on how to present yourself, check out this article for some ideas:
    http://blogs.voices.com/voxdaily/2010/07/profile_completeness_is_important.html
    Best wishes,
    Stephanie

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