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The Most Important Facet Of Your Voice

Hey, there!

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times from prospective new clients: “I’ve always been told I do very funny voices.”

Which is great, when you’re entertaining kids or performing in talent shows or on open mic night at a comedy club.

But it’s hardly necessary or even a help when doing most kinds of voicework. There’s something far more important.

Don’t get me wrong: being able to do “funny voices” can also come in handy when you’re doing some types of voicework.

But there’s another, much more essential attribute that’s necessary for building a great VO practice.

And the good news is, you already have this attribute, because you use it every day.

It’s authenticity.

Plain and simple, the ability to make people believe that you are telling the truth, with a realistic and authentic voice, is much more valuable than your ability to do wacky voices or great impressions of famous people.

Even in animation and video games, where you’re sometimes called upon to do out-of-the-ordinary characters, your talent for making the character believable and authentic is paramount. And because, in normal conversation every day you do just that, it’s a skill you already have.

You need to remember to let “you” shine through – the authentic you – when doing auditions, performance, rehearsals, whatever. That authenticity will get you booked more often than being able to do a Liverpudlian accent or a believable android from Venus.

Trust that “you” – what you bring to the work – is more than enough.

Relax.

Think how you’d convince your best friend, as your character, to buy the product or service you’re hawking in your audition. Then go for it.

How you mold you to the character, in an authentic way, is what really counts.

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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