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Auditioning: Do I Say The Other Character’s Lines?

Hey there!

This question has come up a lot lately, and I want to put it to rest.

The answer is given in my Auditioning with Audacity class, as well as several others in the VO2GoGo curriculum, but the short answer is: no.

Here’s the longer, more complete set of answers…an FAQ if you will.

When faced with auditioning for one or more characters in a multi-voice production, whether it’s a commercial, a video game, an animation episode or anything else, VO artists often have questions.

A lot of questions. Like…

Q: Should I say the other character’s lines?

A. No. You should pause for a beat, then voice your next line.

Q: Should I leave enough silence between my lines so the other character’s lines could be said?

A. No. There’s no need to leave that much space – no one’s going to be reading against your audition. Take just a beat.

Q: I was thinking of having my girlfriend/boyfriend/son/daughter/husband/wife/you read the other lines on the audition audio.

A. Don’t do that. Just slate comfortably, with the character name, and read your lines only. No one else should be heard, either on mic or in the background reading to you.

Q: If I’m being asked to read for the other character as well, should I go back and forth?

A. No. Just read one character at a time, and provide separate reads and/or MP3 files for each role, clearly labeled in the file name.

Q: But I’m an artist. And it would help me to read back and forth.

A. No. Just read one character at a time.

Q. But…

A. No. Just read one character at a time.

Q: What if I’m really good at it?

A. {sigh} No. The casting entity usually wants to hear all of the auditions for one character, then all the auditions for another character. Don’t make it hard on them.

Q. {resigned} OK…

A. Thank you.

Q. Do you offer coaching for auditions to help me develop my character?

A. Yes, we call them VO Workouts. You can reserve a coaching session for any facet of your VO career on the Workout page, and if you’re a member of the VO2GoGo Pro group, you get those coaching sessions for 20% less.

Any other questions about this? Leave them in the comments area below.

Hope this helps.

David

10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

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

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

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  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 #

    David

    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 #

    David,
    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!
    Shirley

  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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