VO Options vs. VO Processes

Hey, there!

There are options people, and there are process people.

When the options become overwhelming, it can stop you dead in your tracks.

Here’s how to keep yourself from becoming frozen when making choices about your VO auditions and performances.

It can really be a struggle as a VO artist to lay down take after take, pick the best one, and submit your audition…then not to have self doubt about your choice.

I’ve talked to hundreds of VO talent whose audition recipes include recording take after take after take, then going back and Frankensteining together a final “take.”

If that’s you, if you’re doing 5, 10, 15 takes or more, I invite you to move away from that overwhelming, slow, options-oriented approach.

I invite you to try a process-oriented approach.

And the process I’d like you to try goes like this:

Make bold choices. Make them sooner rather than later.

The truth is, you’re going to get wherever you’re going with your adjustments on your performance sooner or later. You’re going to change any number of vocal values on the path to getting to the “good” take.

So do that. But don’t be timid. Don’t make minor adjustments. Instead, have the faith in your own abilities to make bold ones.

If you do that, you’ll start moving through your auditions with speed and power. You’ll get to the same place, but you’ll get there faster. And your confidence will mushroom.

You’ll start doing auditions in 1 or 2 takes. Imagine the time you’ll have to do more auditions and work.

Do the same thing when you get booked in the studio, and you’ll be regarded as someone who is great, and fast and worth booking again and again.

Be bold. Don’t think you have to move slightly along the path to successful performances. Move boldly along that path, and get to your target performance quicker.

Flub a word? Pick it up. And then get it done. No more sentence-one-from-take-four-and-sentence-two-from-take-seven-and-so-on overwhelm.

That’s going to leave you more time to do more auditions. And to do them well.

Tell yourself this: “Hey, I’m a pro. They asked me to do this. Time to show them I’m the right talent for this job. Time to be bold.”

I have faith in you. Have faith in yourself. Put to use all this stuff you’ve been learning here.

Be bold with your choices. Sooner rather than later.

Hope this helps!


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 #


    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 #

    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!

  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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