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Life Without A VO Agent

Hey, there!

Although we have a VO2GoGo class called Finding a VO Agent, it’s really important that you know how to operate without one.

Here’s some great advice on how to do that.

First, don’t sit around musing about how great it will be to get an agent, or grousing about the fact that you don’t have one. It’s a huge waste of time – time better spent “shaking the trees” and looking at your non-agent related opportunities to audition for and book work. Just stick to your knitting – you’ll be a lot less anxious about being without representation.

Second, shake those trees: register for and aggressively audition on sites that offer opportunities in VO. And you should begin with the best option there: ACX.com. It’s free, it’s union friendly, it allows you to audition at your pleasure (you don’t have to be invited to audition for a particular book). There are others (Voice123.com, Voices.com etc), but ACX is a great place to get started.

And third (and there’s a lot more), even when you finally do land representation, that isn’t the end of the road for your participation in the process. You should be ready to continue to shake your own trees, and bring your agent even more leads to follow up on. Don’t sit back and relax, resting on your laurels – keep networking, keep looking, keep networking.

There’s a great article that echoes much of this in Backstage, by Todd Thaler, called The Secret to an Acting Career Is Not an Agent:

http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/secret-acting-career-not-agent

I’ll have a lot more to say on this in the future – it’s among the most misunderstood aspects of our VO lives.

But…what are your thoughts? How do you think about agents, not having one, not having a great relationship with the one you have, or, like me, happy and productive? I’d love to know the good, the bad and the ugly. Leave a comment below, or up under the audio player, you can leave an audio comment. Let me know how you deal with this challenge.

Hope this helps.

David

9 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!

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