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What To Write In An Audition Note

Hey, there!

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.”

Happy to.

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’re actors.

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.

David

9 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!

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