My client Bill Sarkisian writes:
“David…you have a very short, 1 sentence reply you use for [audition submission notes for] all jobs, right? Something like, “Hi, This is David, I’m an actor, play scary guys on TV.” Would you do a tip on that? I want to make mine short and succinct as well.”
I think one of the biggest mistakes voice talent, and performers in general, make when auditioning for a job on a site like Voice123, Voices, ACX and the like, is talking (writing) too much.
I mean, I get it.
We talk for a living, right? We can’t help ourselves.
But here, it’s important to be 4 things in your writing: brief, useful, spare and potent.
To go on and on and on about how great the project sounds and that it’s going to be super successful, and how you’ve got just the right voice for the project because other casting people have told you so, and how you couldn’t believe how much the writing really sings to you, how you’ve been a teacher most of your life and that will make this e-learning course so much fun for you, and how you’ve got a background in technology so narrating this software manual’s going to be a snap…I have a question.
Why would you make your potential employer read through all that desperate, redundant, useless junk – potentially giving them more than a number of reasons to say “no way?”
“You wouldn’t,” is the right answer.
So when typing anything in the Audition Notes box, be brief, and be useful. Be spare and be potent.
Let them know something about your professionalism and your easy going way of making things happen. Something that isn’t already listed
Bill’s right. Here’s what I usually say:
“I can do the job within your budget, deliver on time, in exactly the format you want, and I’m a creepy, evil villain. Thanks for listening.”
Facts, a bit of humor, and a thank you. No long, drawn out, hat-in-hand begging for the job.
Just something short and sweet. And useful.
Then get the eff off the stage so they can go listen to your audition. Don’t be played off the stage by the orchestra.
This works for me. It just might work for you.
I’ve got a lot more advice for you in the VO2GoGo vClass on Managing Clients and Projects. You might give it a shot.
Hope this helps.