The simple answer is no. Not all clients will state if they are looking for a custom read or if a previously produced demo reel is acceptable.
However, if a script or script sample has been provided, you should try to submit a custom recording of at least a portion (e.g. 20-30 seconds of recorded material) of it where possible.
A custom audition is a voice sample that you have recorded from a client's script for a specific job opportunity. To safeguard custom auditions, we recommend reading only a portion of the script.
How to submit a custom audition:
From within the Job Posting click the green “Reply To Job” button
Click on the green “Select your Audition MP3 to upload” button to locate the file on your computer hard drive
Once selected, click the blue “Start Upload” button to pre-load your audition file (if you have selected the incorrect file, click the red “Delete” button to remove your selection).
Once the file progress bar shows complete, click “Send Audition” to submit your audition.
You will receive a confirmation that your audition was submitted successfully to conclude the auditioning process. A record of your audition will be archived in your Answered folder for future reference.
When you receive an invitation to audition for a voice over job, a client will, in most cases, include their script.
You have two options when replying to the job posting:
Record a snippet of the script as a custom audition. The client only needs about 15-20 seconds to make a decision on your voice and abilities.
Send a generic demo.
Important: If a script has been provided with the job posting most clients do prefer a custom read. They understand that you need to protect your work and valuable time and expect to receive only a short sample of their script. They know your custom read is just an audition and not the completed work.
If the script is small to begin with, some talent introduce modifications, such as changing the script slightly or adding subtle sounds to the recording with the intent of rendering the submission useless without being recorded again. Some talent simply read less of a script, but read it as it is written to give the client a better first impression. How you choose to audition is upto your judgment.
Here are some other factors for you to consider regarding custom auditions:
The script is the property of the client (or, if the end client is not the same person as the job poster, then it belongs to the copyright owner whose job is being posted) and is protected under copyright law.
You cannot legally use custom auditions recorded from someone else's copyrighted script as spots on your voice over demo, or for any purpose other than the audition in question itself without consent from the copyright owner.
Yes, you will have the ability to preview your audition before sending it to the client.
After completing your proposal, entering your fee, and uploading the file, click the green “Preview Audition” button directly below the file name.
Click the “Play” button on the audition bar to listen to the file you have uploaded, and click “More Info” underneath the bar to review your proposal.
After double checking that everything is as it should be, click the blue “Send Audition” button to submit your audition to the client.
No, you cannot send more than one file when auditioning. If no scripting has been provided by the client posting the job, you will have the option of either attaching a demo from your Profile or uploading a demo from your computer by using the green, + Select your Audition MP3 to upload button, but not both. The system will default to your website demo if you happen to select both.
If a script attachment or script sample has been provided only the + Select your Audition MP3 to upload option will be available.
If you feel that providing more than one take will help your audition, you will need to edit your takes together into a single MP3 file.
Clients can purchase a feature on a job-by-job basis that will allow them to download auditions. Auditions are never to be used for commercial purposes, but rather for demonstration purposes only.
Voices.com offers this service so that we can provide clients who post voice over jobs with a way of taking their findings to the hiring decision maker. Often the person reviewing responses is responsible for shortlisting and then they take the shortlist of demos to someone for final approval.
We caution all talent in multiple ways (notes added to job posting details, our blog and emails) to protect their work by only recording small portions of provided scripts.
In general terms, Voices.com does not do any filtering of audition submissions on Self Service jobs.
When you submit your proposal and demo to a client they have full access to all that you have provided. They can even download your demo to their computer, if their account affords them the ability (this is one reason to protect your work if you are recording a custom demo). Clients will also see the name of file you are submitting.
When they receive your audition, it appears in a Responses view in the clients' Voices.com account. They have the ability to send you an email, delete your audition, add you to their Favorites or hire you by awarding the job, and making immediate payment for your services.
When a client chooses to work with Voices.com's Professional Services department by posting a Full Service job, the Voices.com Account Manager holding the casting call filters through received auditions at the client's request and presents them with a shortlist that best matches their requirements. Clients let us know how many samples they'd like to review. Once presented, the onus is on the client to make the final casting decision.
If you have accidentally attached the wrong file to an audition, you can simply replace the file by following these steps:
Click “Jobs” > “Answered.”
Click the job number or title of the job to which the wrong audition was submitted.
Make sure that you are in the My Audition tab and click the “Edit Audition” button.
Scroll to the bottom and click “Select Your Audition MP3 to Upload.”
Locate the correct file on your computer and click “Open.”
At any time while the upload is in progress you can click the red “Delete” button if you have selected the wrong file.
Once the upload is complete, click “Update Audition.”
Smart Auditioning Tips:
Ensure you have the correct file attached by using the Use the Preview Audition feature.
Ensure you’ve only recorded a portion of the script to protect your work.
Uncomfortable? If a client’s request seems odd, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for help or advice.
All clients review auditions at their own pace. Some will listen to each one, but there are numerous reasons why your audition may go unlistened, including:
The client may not have started reviewing audition submissions.
The client may not have reviewed ALL submissions at this time and is still going through the casting process.
The client may have listened to a number of submissions and already made a hiring decision. At this point, they would not be likely to review additional submissions.
The client may have fulfilled their casting needs elsewhere and will not review further submissions. Clients in this situation are encouraged to mark their job as Completed or Cancelled so that talent are made aware that the job will not be moving forward.
From the client's point of view, the Like button is a shortlisting tool. Clients can review all auditions and click “Like” on those that they are particularly interested in, or would like to revisit later.
When the client likes your audition, you get a thumbs up and your total number of auditions liked will increase.
However, if on review, the shortlist becomes shorter, as the client moves towards hiring a single talent, they can also "unlike" auditions. From your point of view, this process would appear as a Listen (ear), followed by a Like (thumbs-up), and turning to a Listen again.
When you submit your audition, it appears within the client's Responses tab for the job. From here, the client has access to a number of means of interacting with your audition and with you as well.
They can communicate with you about your submission via the Ask A Question or Send A Thank You links, send feedback about your audition via the Give Feedback link, add you to their Favorites list, or (ideally) click the “Hire” button to formally offer you the job!
One reason why we do not allow clients to rate auditions is because the ratings should only be given by people who have actually done business with you.
Clients do have access to an Audition Feedback tool that permits them to identify technical or performance issues, which they can use at their discretion should they wish to share any personal feedback regarding your auditions. Any such feedback will appear in your My Audition tab below your bid and proposal.
While clients are often too busy to do this, some do show their appreciation or positive response to your audition by Liking your auditions or adding talent demos to their Favorites list to reference for future work opportunities.
The ultimate feedback you can receive from a client is booking the job. Auditioning is prospecting.
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- 11/12/2018 13:33
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