I’ve gotten several questions and comments about the way I talk about slating – and I wanted to let you in on my personal slating approach.
Remember…this is your one chance to make a great first impression. And your slate is one of the most overlooked, thrown-away, yet important pieces of your audition real estate.
Here’s how to make your slates world-class awesome.
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Hope this helps!
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I guess that’s the takeaway here, too–we always want the CD to be glad to see us. I have been guilty of not getting into that mindset before slating, and then realizing that the resulting pro-forma delivery was pretty close to depressing.Thanks to David, I try to imagine working with someone I’ve enjoyed working with before (or the actual client, if I have enjoyed working with them before) in order to get my head right for slating. It works!
Thank you for this! I’ve always felt a little robotic in slating my VOs, but like on-camera slating, it seems best to simply relax and be yourself (your helpful, kind and fun self). ;) This really helps, like all your videos!
This is something Karen-Eileen has emphasized with me when I’ve worked with her. It seems to be helping, because I’m getting more auditions lately.
This is so helpful! Thanks so much!
When I’m wearing my producer hat and casting on behalf of a client, I ABHOR all the cutesy little slate crap that comes in. It’s a colossal waste of time, and I’m not in the business of wondering whether the person is easy to work with, or happy, or friendly, etc. I want to know if they have the voice that my client wants. I even get slates when I specifically say, “If you slate your audition, it will not be heard.”
Sadly, I think sometimes when you give talent a slating inch, they’ll take a yard, and it becomes “[Name] auditioning for the role of announcer, I’ve given you three takes, the first is really what I think you need, the second and third are kind of, uh, my takes on what I think would sound great, hope you like it, I’m really looking forward to working with you.”
My suggestion is, if you’re going to slate, do it the way David suggests. Do NOT give the client your life story in the slate. The last thing you want to do is p*ss them off before they even get to hear your audition.