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Talking Points When Networking

Hey, there!

Networking with other members of the voiceover community should come as naturally to you as breathing, whether the people you’re meeting are other VO talent, casting, writers, game designers, studio engineers or whatever.

I say “should.”

But for some of you, the lack of something brief yet potent to say to a stranger makes us stop dead in our tracks.

Here’s how to fix that.

What you need is something memorable and appropriate to open that dialogue.

You need to present yourself with a hook. You need a talking point.

Say you’re at one of my VO classes. And we have a special guest who’s a casting director for a major animation studio. You just did your animation demo with Trevor, and you want to get a moment to connect with that CD. And you want that moment to count.

What exactly do you do?

Here’s what I do. I wait patiently if there’s a line, resisting the urge to jump in to the conversation already in progress with another attendee.

When it’s my turn, I say, “Hi there! My name is David H. Lawrence the seventeenth, and I wanted to thank you for your time and wisdom today – please, go ahead and pick a card.”

Now, while I was saying that sentence, I was reaching into my pouch, pulling out my set of MOO Cards, and fanning them for my new friend to choose from:

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What are MOO Cards? They’re about half the size of a regular business card, and in the case of Moo Cards, less is more – and boy, do they create a talking point, as your new friend asks about the different images.

See, the great thing about MOO Cards is the option to have different pictures on each card within each set of 100 cards. Up to 100 different pictures, actually.

I add new pictures to my MOO Card set whenever I shoot a new episode of a show, add a headshot or do stage or VO work – I’ll take a still while I’m there. I only have 32 different pictures in my set, so I get 3 of most and 4 of a few in my set of 100 when I reorder.

Once you’ve broken the ice with your offer of a MOO Card, it’s a heck of a lot easier to continue with the conversation. And you’re a performer. This is a great opportunity for a nice, calm, professional, brief performance.

Then, be generous.

Give the next person in line their shot at networking.

Here’s where you can find Moo Cards: https://www.vo2gogo.com/get-moocards – enjoy.
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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