Don’t Forget To Sign Out

Hey, there!

I got a check in the mail today from an ad agency. For $34.54. It wasn’t a residual. It was a penalty payment.

All because a casting session was running behind. Why?

This is of particular importance to union voice talent – and is another reason why you should be striving to get your SAG-AFTRA card.

When you go to an audition, if you’re made to wait any longer than 60 minutes, you’re due a small penalty payment for that waiting time. $37 gross, in this case, which isn’t a lot, but certainly is a nice surprise. I plan on taking someone special out for a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free celebration with this little windfall.

However you spend your payment, remember that the only way you’ll get it is if you do one last thing when leaving the audition:

Sign out.

Yes. On the SAG-AFTRA sign-in sheet, you probably are used to signing in with your name, union member number, agency, time called and time actually in, your initials, which call it is, your age range and race.

But once finished with their audition, most people bolt for the door.

Don’t. Take a moment and sign out with the time you’re finished. There’s a column for it, just to the right of Actual Time of Arrival.

Don’t think that the casting director will be pissed off for you doing so – if they are running late, it’s usually the production team’s fault, and it’s up to production to pay you, not the CD. And the CD’s not going to blacklist you for exercising one of the protections that union membership affords you.

So, before you leave, note the time and sign out.

Coffee date, anyone?

And yes, this applies to both on-camera and on-mic auditions.

Hope this helps.


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 #

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

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

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  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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