I’m often approached by talent new to voice over and on-camera acting, and they’ve already decided what they need for success. They try to begin their journey by taking care of two crucial accomplishments. The problem is they shouldn’t be trying to do either until they “make their unknown known.” Here’s what they shouldn’t be trying to do.
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Thank you David! I was super lucky, I got an agent very quickly because of a good friends recommendation from my acting work – and yes, it’s been great – but it also gave me a false sense of what I still needed to do to transition my acting skills to becoming a true Voice Over Artist, to your point. After a year of sending in auditions (with my spiffy equipment from your program) I FINALLY booked a commercial VO! YAY! And NOW I will go back and really actually TAKE your classes which I love but never fully availed myself of because, “Hey, I have an agent and I’m auditioning all the time” <– hubris. I am excited to go back to go forward and really understand the scope of the business and what I need to do now to KEEP booking and hopefully more often. Cheers!
Thanks for the info!
I was fortunate enough to have a great coach who told me as much. Most of the information out there DOES lead you to believe you need to get a demo done quickly. Upon further inspection, it’s easy to see that comes from folks who are just trying to sell demos. What you need is training and practice!
Voice Acting is NOT a quick thing! It takes time. The last thing you want is a bad demo out there in the market! As far as agents go, if they’re willing to sign you with no experience, they’re not a very good agent!
I learned from experience that even WITH a great demo (that is, ONE great commercial demo), it’s not enough to begin your agent quest. Yes, they loved my demo, but when I was asked to record raw tracks in the videogame/animation department, I was completely unprepared so my recordings were not competetive and the agent passed on me. This was my OWN commercial agent who happens to be head of the agency’s VO department, and that didn’t buy me any advantage. The advantage is when you can go in to an agent with a variety of professionally produced demos (commercial, animation, documentary narration, and IVR) that reflect your range and professionalism. But be sure you’ve had sufficient training in each of those areas so you know that, if they hand you their own script to record, it’ll be a no-brainer. It’s not fun to be caught with your pants down!
Thanks David! I also have you to thank for producing my awesome commercial demo. After about 5 months of being enrolled in your classes, I decided it was time for my to pull the trigger and get my commercial demo done, and both you and Trevor gave me your blessing sthat I was ready and that’s all I needed! As for a vo agent…I don’t have one…keeping an eye and ear out for referrals but I’m not too worried about it. Doing just fine without one for now, but hey, maybe it’s time I move that to the top of my goal list!
Great stuff David and this is so true. I am building my Voice Over so that I can get a agent down the road and also working on what type of Voice Over I want to do. There are so many area’s of Voice Over and I don’t want to not try something because I may be good at it also. Love all your great advice,
Thank you so much,