Do you have any advice on recording my first voice-over demo?

Building a Relationship With a Local Recording Studio 

Recording your first voice-over demo is something you should take very seriously. A demo should be representative of what you can do and reflect only your best work. Few people are able to do this on their own. Most voice talent record their demo at a professional recording studio after having trained with a coach. Training could take months or years depending on your skill level and artistic abilities. 

Early on, you will want to develop a relationship with a recording studio. Even if you have the ability to record from home, you might be asked to fulfill certain services you might not be equipped to offer such as ISDN. Establishing a relationship with a studio is very important and can lead to all kinds of professional opportunities. 

Many engineers prefer working with you first before committing to recording your voice-over demo. The demo should highlight your abilities and not the engineer's as you'll need to be able to replicate whatever is on your demo from your home recording studio environment. That said, make sure that you are proficient to a degree with audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering.

Locate recording studios by looking them up in your phone book or yellow pages online. Call at least three studios and be sure to ask all the questions you need to in order to feel confident with your new partners. 

Writing Down Questions To Ask The Studio Owner 

  • What is your studio hourly rate?
  • What kind of vocal microphone do you have?
  • Do you have a royalty-free music library?
  • Do you have a sound effects library?
  • Do you have script to make a voice over demo?
  • Can you deliver finished work for me?
  • Do you have an ISDN connection?
  • How do you require payment?
  • Do you accept cash and credit card?
  • How much notice do you need to book my session?
  • Do you have any studio rules?
  • Are you open on evenings and weekends?
  • What is your cancellation policy? 

Attending Your First Session 

Before you book for your first session be sure to rehearse your scripts in advance. Being prepared will save you time in the studio and affirm your professionalism. When you arrive at the studio for the first time, be sure to properly introduce yourself. Building a good business relationship starts as soon as you make your first contact. Building a relationship with a local studio is a must if you don't have your own home studio. Ask for a 10% discount on all studio sessions, agreeing that you will work exclusively with them for the next year. Be prepared to put something in writing if you opt for this exclusive arrangement.

Helpful Articles About Voice Over Demos 

7 Steps to Take Before Making a Voice Over Demo 
Preparing to Record a Commercial Voice Over Demo

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