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How To Upload Your VO Demos To LinkedIn

Hey, there!

Recently, in my Burbank VO2GoGo class, we talked about LinkedIn being a different kind of social network, one that is far more professional and career-oriented than other networks.

You can connect with members of the pro VO community there, and on a peer-to-peer, working artist basis, rather than the more casual Twitter and Facebook.

But how do you upload your VO demos there if there’s no option for audio, only PDFs and video links?

It’s actually pretty easy. Here’s how.

LinkedIn may not allow audio uploads, but it does allow video links.

So here’s the solution: create a very simple video that uses your demo as the soundtrack, and a static title card as the image.

Upload that to YouTube, and then link that uploaded video to your LinkedIn profile (or any other profile you need to add demos to, but can’t upload audio to).

It’s actually pretty easy. You don’t need fancy video editing software – iMovie or Windows Movie Maker, free with each operating system, will do the trick.

Here’s how you do it:

1. Open up your video editing software (which one will depend on your computer’s OS). I used iMovie for this example, and the instructions below are based on using iMovie.

2. Open a new HD project (movie). The dimensions should be 1280 wide by 720 high. That’s the standard HD dimensions for web video.

3. Open your graphic creation software (Photoshop, GIMP, GraphicConverter, whatever) and create a new 1280 x 720 image – the title card for your video. Then, with the text tool, add your titles. Keep it simple. Black background, and your name, contact information and what demo is being heard, centered and easily readable. Save it to your hard drive. Here’s what mine looks like (click on it to see it full size):

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4. Drag that image from it’s folder onto your video’s timeline, and stretch it to make sure it can hold the entire length of the audio. My animation demo is 59 seconds long, so I made the length of the title card a full minute, by simply dragging the edges of the clip out to 60 seconds (it starts as 4 seconds when dragged in).

5. Import the audio from your demo’s MP3. Use that as the soundtrack to your video. Here’s what the timeline looks like in iMovie when I’ve brought both pieces in:

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6. Adjust the length of your image to match the length of your audio. A second or two overlap won’t matter.

7. Export your movie as a high quality Quicktime or AVI movie file.

8. Upload it to your YouTube account.

9. Copy and paste the Youtube URL assigned to the video to the appropriate area on your LinkedIn profile. Here’s what it looks like on my LinkedIn profile:

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And that’s it.

Here’s the video itself, which I made in less than 5 minutes with iMovie and GraphicConverter, my favorite graphic editing tool):

Now, let’s see what you can do! Report back here once you’ve made your own.

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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