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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Best Ways to Find and Conquer Auditions for Your Documentary Voice

Finding voiceover auditions can be a tough task if you are still new to the field. However, thankfully, there are numerous ways to get started if you are an aspiring VO artist with a specialty, like a documentary narration voice.

The best way, if you can afford it, is to have an agent who maintains contact with numerous producers and casting directors in the industry. However, that may not be a viable option for many beginners in the field.

Look Online if You Are a Beginner at Documentary Narration

If you belong to the latter category, you can look up online listings on sites like 

There are also some specialized portals online that exclusively serve the voice over industry clients. However, you will probably have to pay some subscription fees for this kind of service.

What to Do On Your First Audition

If you have the opportunity for live private auditions, arrive as early as possible. Voice over auditions involve a script of some sort, and it is imperative that you get your hands on one as soon as possible and get very familiar with it. 

For instance, if a gig involves a cowboy voice, you can use the extra time to practice your voice and mannerisms. Learn as much as possible about the script and its context to deliver the best performance possible.

In VO, a slate is the self-introduction of a voice artist. When you start recording, you should have a flawless slating technique.

Usually your slate is recorded at the very beginning of the audition. Casting directors like to hear the slate before the audition to identify and place the voice they are about to hear - so it is essential that you get it right. 

Keep calm and deliver your regular voice, cleanly and crisply for best results. Confidence is critical when it comes to putting forth a “clean slate” for your casting director or producer.

Do it right, and you are another step closer to landing a dream gig, be it a cartoon, web series, or documentary narration.  

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