You’ve probably been there before, browsing through auditions and then you see it: a voice over gig that you just KNOW would be perfect for you. The project is right, the pay is right, and everything about it just seems perfect. But hold on a minute, because there a few things you need to check over before signing up for the audition - namely, is this project REALLY right for you?
The first area you need to look at is whether or not the work will be a technical fit. In other words, can you meet requirements such as gender, language, and skills? The client has probably also included some specific information about what sort of sound they’re looking for, and who their audience is. Knowing this can also help you make sure you’re a good match for the project.
Artistic fit is also important, as you need to be able to match the vocal capabilities necessary for the project. Understanding where your strengths and weaknesses as an artist lie can help you determine if you can meet the project’s artistic needs. Areas such as vocal range, accent skills, and reading style all fall under this category, so do some reflecting on whether or not what you have to offer will be the right fit.
Finally, the last piece of this puzzle has to do with the values associated with the project, and if they’re in line with your own. For example, let’s say you’ve found a project that would be great for you both technically and artistically, but you don’t really agree with the message the brand is delivering. Now you need to ask yourself if you’re really comfortable with being the voice of this message. If you’re not, then it may be best to move on to the next project.