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VIDEO: Are Auditions Causing You A Complete Meltdown?

Hey there!

On-camera, VO, commercials, theatre…we find ourselves as performers being asked to open our little suitcases and show the buyers our wares.

Auditioning can be the most stressful actions we’re asked to take. I watch people sweat bullets in the waiting room, and always have the same piece of powerful advice.

Just listen to what Michael Kostroff has to say about it.

And what’s his most powerful piece of advice?

Well, Michael has a lot to say, frankly. More than would ever fit on this page.

But the biggest thing is this:

Don’t make the mistake of creating rules for yourself about auditioning that aren’t even close to being true.

(More on that in the video below.)

And he knows what he’s talking about. Look at that mug up there – that’s him, and you’ve seen him everywhere: TV, film, stage…the man has a MORE button on his IMDB page.

Happily, he’s wrapped it in an awesome live seminar, a gleefully big package with a beautiful bow on it, and called it Audition Psych 101.

The one I attended a few years ago here in LA was 4 hours long. And the time flew by. And it was more powerful than any seminar I’ve ever taken on the audition process.

Wait.

Here.

I called Michael up on Skype and chatted with him about it.

So, once again, it’s called Audition Psych 101. Here’s the website to find out more:

http://auditionpsych101.com

Hope this helps.

David

10 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!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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