Are you suffering from audition fatigue?

Hey, there!

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.

It’s true.

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.


10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Having a well-produced demo is one of the most important things in the VO business. I had a number of demos made from other producers in the past and they all had one thing in common — that manufactured, cookie cutter sound!
    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #


    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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