Are you suffering from audition fatigue?
I asked that of members of a SXSW audience recently. A lot of them didn’t know what it was right away, but it’s such a descriptive phrase that a lot of hands shot up.
In the world of VO, given the huge numbers of avenues by which we can get auditions (agent submissions, web sites like Voice123, ACX, Voices and more, existing clients, our own entrepreneurial bent and more), we could be facing 10-20 auditions a day.
(A lot of the new faces at SX were a little shocked at that.)
And I sure you don’t want that large number of opportunities to be anything but exciting.
Sometimes, it can look like a mountain of work.
Here’s the secret I promised I’d share with you to make that pile of scripts feel invigorating instead of fatiguing: simply work faster, by making bolder choices earlier.
Let me explain: if you voice a take, and you’re not happy with the energy you display, don’t just ramp it up a little. Make a bold choice, speak to a larger space, and really turn up the heat. Don’t take it up a step or so, only to have to do the same ramping up again and again until you get it where you want it. If you need to pull it back, do so – but that’s a lot easier, and faster, than the timid step by step of not-so-bold adjustments.
Go for one or two takes instead of 5 or 10, and your work load (and your performances) will easily and naturally become better.
I hope that little piece of advice was as helpful to you as it was to me when I heard it back in the nineties.
There was another piece of advice I got back in the nineties that also made a huge difference in my career. I’ll save that for another day’s 60 SECONDS.
Now go check your inbox. I bet you have an audition waiting, and it could use some bold choices.
Hope this helps.