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How To Do Better At Videogame Auditions

Hey, there!

I had the opportunity to attend a casting workshop this past Monday night, and the casting director stated something so simple about how to do better videogame auditions, it made me wonder why I hadn’t shared this with you before. And I know it’s going to make a few of you (Graydon. Brian. Jennifer.) very, very happy.

Here’s how.

One comment I get a lot from technically-challenged friends and colleagues is how facile I am with technology. Believe me, there are tech dudes and dudettes out there that know a lot more about this stuff than I do, but I do know my way around a web property and my various devices.

That only came from the infamous “10,000 hours of practice” that Malcolm Gladwell talks about in The Outliers, a Book Worth Reading. So, for me, it’s lots of exposure and interaction with tech that makes me expert at it. Same thing with studio equipment, same thing with coaching and teaching.

And so, my lovely friends and clients, the key to doing better videogame auditions is simple:

Play more videogames.

I’m not talking about Farmville and Bejeweled – I’m talking about RPG’s, MMORPGs, FPSs, and the rest – the things you’re auditioning for if you’re auditioning for videogames.

And if you don’t know what all those letters are about, then your first homework is to look them up.

Your next homework is to get a Playstation, XBOX or Wii, and don’t just use them to watch Blu Ray DVD’s – use them to play videogames. And not the simple stuff, but the kind of games that you want to be cast in. Games with story lines and characters and arcs and editions and playable levels. The kind that will pay you, as a VO practitioner, serious money.

This is not about goofing off – it’s about getting to know the titles, the platforms, the genres, the styles of VO required, the character archetypes (and how you and your brand stack up against those archetypes), even the damage it can do to your voice, and to get a really good listen as to what the best in the business are doing.

When Blindlight’s Timothy Cubbison mentioned that this past Monday night, it was a great reminder how knowing the world of videogames is no different than knowing the world of commercials (by watching TV and listening to radio), audiobooks (by going to Audible and ACX and downloading and listening to a few) or narration (by watching The History Channel for something other than Pawn Stars or Top Shot) is for their categories.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go put in a few rounds of gun play on Gears of War, just to hear how the characters sound and the skill of the actors.

And I suggest you do the same.

Hope this helps.

David

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 #

    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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