If you are a voiceover talent trying to be discovered, you would definitely appreciate the notice of a casting director. I was reading an article that involved an interview with a leading casting director in the voiceover industry, and I noticed something that seemed to be repeated over and over again – too many voiceover artists are making very costly mistakes without realizing it. So, here are a few simple tips that can help you avoid them.
Showcase Your Talents in Your Demo Obviously, if your demo tape is going to be the first thing the casting director sees of you, then you want it to be as impressive as possible. So, take the time to make it as good as you can.
ü Do showcase your strengths as a voiceover artist, whether that is the ability to work humor into a script, the ability to speak with a real depth of emotion, or a skill for impersonating celebrities.
Ø Don’t accept the first take. Spend some time in the recording booth trying different things with your voice. Consider working in audio from previous projects, if you are allowed to do so. And, then take a lot of time editing what you have to get the best possible finished product.
ü Do invest in this project. Whether you opt to do just audio or to include video, you should consider hiring studio time to get the most professional product possible. The investment will pay off, when you get more work as a result of your extremely impressive demo.
Actively Network Be online and be busy online. In this day and age, taking time out of the day to chat with friends, co-workers, and associates is considered part of the job. And, it is the best way to be discovered. The more active you are online – creating content, developing a following, interacting with others, commenting on industry-related content, etc. – the more easy it will be for a casting director to happen upon your profile.
Follow Directions If you are submitting your demo tape to a casting director, be sure that you follow all of the directions. The instructions are written for a purpose. Don’t assume that all casting directors want things submitted in the same way. Each has his or her own method of cataloguing demos, so when one appeals to him or her, contact can be made immediately with the voiceover talent. Don’t miss out on that call by failing to submit your demo in the right.