Voice over work has tons of opportunities based on your style and expertise. However, when it comes to auditioning, it can be overwhelming.
Unlike other acting professions, it is just your voice being reviewed and how you choose to read the piece makes all the difference between being hired or being passed over. There are things that you can do to prepare before you arrive at or digitally submit the audition that will improve your chances of being hired.
The List of Jobs
Choose jobs that best showcase your style, your tone, and your training. While it is good to add to your list of possibilities, some voice-over actor jobs may not be the best fit. If you like nonfiction audiobook reads, then look for more of those types of jobs to gain employment, and then look for other jobs to try out to expand your resume.
Review the Script
Read and study the script multiple times to get familiar with the words, the pronunciation, and any group of words that may get your tongue-tied. When it comes to specifics make sure that you are saying the names of cities, places, etc. the correct way. The best impression is getting it correct at the voice-over audition without a correction. It will show that you did your homework and took it seriously.
Take Notice of the Clues
In a script, there are hints about the character, product, or piece. When you are representing a character, you will see the style that they speak, the tone, or the emotions. When the script is about a product, it is about making that product stand out, a must-have. However, it must not be overly salesy, or you will not book the job. Scripts have details in the text and subtext that a seasoned voice-over actor will look for and so should you.
Keep in mind that you have your voice style and that within the guidelines and clues you are giving them your unique voice. It is always a blend of giving them what they want and giving them a fresh way of hearing it with your sound.
Many times, the client will have a very specific idea about what they want to hear at the audition. Practice the delivery using their notes. You can also have some alternative versions of your own for the audition. However, they may never hear these based on the notes they give or details that you get when meeting them. Be flexible.
Take A Deep Breath
Nerves can make a skilled voice crack under pressure. Before you read take a deep breath and it will bring a calmness and readiness to your performance.
Above All Take Direction
There many times that you have given an excellent read and they will give you feedback. Listen to the feedback from the client and agent, take it in, and then give it to them. Feedback and notes are not a bad sign. They have some guidelines for specifics that they want. If you can take the feedback and re-do the read with it, you have a stronger chance of getting the job. It also shows that you can take direction and make it work. A voice-over actor that is easy to work with and will give the best work.
Don’t Let a No Get You Down
Voice-over acting is a tough field, especially when you are starting out. There are many jobs out there that will be perfect for your voice and style. Take notes and always work on honing your skills and finding good matches for what you bring to the voice-over acting industry.