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What Should You Do Between VO Classes?

Hey, there!

My VO2GoGo Pro client, Dan Price, asked me this question:

David,

What is it that a newbie like my self, should be doing, in between webinar classes, and Pro Connects? Most if not all of your other students are working pro’s. I’m still learning how to enunciate, and getting on with ACX, and that’s a little scary. My tech buddies are around, but availability is always in question. Some direction would help. Thanks.

Great question. And it got me thinking about all the different ways you can move your tools, career and skill set forward in between learning opportunities.

So, I started a list.

  • Practice with all the clips on the class notes you get. Record them all. Record them again.
  • Join a Facebook group that revolves around VO.
  • Pimp out your LinkedIn profile, and make it more professional and relevant to your VO career.
  • Do domething to make your recording space quieter.
  • Get out of the house, and meet other people local to your area that are in VO. See if there are VO related meetups in the area – I’m going to one tomorrow night in Burbank, so I can meet other VO talent.
  • Invite an engineer at a recording studio to lunch. Get to know them as a person – don’t spend all your time peppering them with audio questions.
  • Practice more – with magazine ads. They’re written for the ear as well as the eye.
  • Watch TV (and listen to the VO on the commercials), and listen to the radio (and critically listen to all the VO there: commercials, imaging, etc).
  • Make some time to get to know your equipment better. Crack the manual or do some googling on your AT2020-USB Plus (or whatever microphone you have).
  • Join Paul Licameli’s Audacity Voiceover Users’ Group to get more familiar with Audacity and what it can do.
  • Start a podcast. Start talking about (and recording using all the tools and techniques you’ve learned) something your passionate about.
  • Create your own content. Look around for material that can help you make a product you can sell (legally – no copyright violations allowed).
  • Enjoy life – achieve something great, solve a mystery, get your heart broken. It will all make you a better actor and story teller.

What do you do to stay sharp and get better between gigs and classes? What are your downtime recommendations?

Let me know in the comments below.

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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