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!


7 Responses to VO Options vs. VO Processes

  1. Pat england January 28, 2015 at 6:14 am #

    Hi David – well, you’re bang-on once again. You’ve described my auditioning process mostly to a ‘T’. No wonder I am starting to become audition-adverse! Thanks for another practical tip!

  2. Kenny Dunkwu January 7, 2018 at 7:16 am #

    David I agree, I used to spend endless moments almost ‘perfecting’ each audition and then wondering where the time went. I reflected on what you have mentioned on taking bold steps and noticed that I am more effective in my choices and utilising my time to auditions, using a more process orientated approach


    Kenny Dunkwu
    Voice Actor London, UK

  3. Derek January 7, 2018 at 8:28 am #

    Wonderful advice! I have heard similar advice in acting class as well. I’m just starting my VO class and am soooo excited.

  4. Marlon Braccia January 7, 2018 at 1:33 pm #


  5. April Sugarman January 7, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

    Such a good reminder! Thank you for this! I recorded my clip for this month and felt like I went into it with more gusto and less judgement. I am still coming to terms with “going for it” vs. “pushing it”. I know the goal is to be coming from a place of truth, but that can be a gray area for me when it comes to commercial copy for some reason. And I’m pretty sure, my going bold is not as overly bold as I think it is. I just love this advice. I’m putting this up on my wall as a reminder.

  6. Rich Masotti January 9, 2018 at 6:07 am #

    Thank you for this advice. Sometimes it takes 101…to sink in.

  7. Jon January 9, 2018 at 8:36 am #

    As always, a great piece of advice from you, David! Admittedly, I tend to beat myself up when auditioning. Some of us become out own worst enemies. Only recently I started doing exactly what you describe here and I know it will pay off. I never would “Frankenstein” an audition though. That seems inefficient. More confidence in who we are and what we do will help this audition process along. We can and WILL do it. :)

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